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Oleg Alekseev

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery
2351 Erwin Road, Box 3802, Durham, NC 27705


Dr. Alekseev completed combined MD-PhD training at Drexel University College of Medicine and pursued post-doctoral fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He completed Ophthalmology residency training at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he also served as a chief resident.  Dr. Alekseev pursued double-fellowship training in Medical Retina and Inherited Retinal Degenerations at the Duke Eye Center, where he then joined the faculty in 2022.

Dr. Alekseev is a member of the Duke Center for Retinal Degenerations and Ophthalmic Genetic Diseases.  His clinical focus is on inherited retinal degenerations, including conditions like retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, macular pattern dystrophies, syndromic retinal degenerations, and mimickers like autoimmune and iatrogenic retinopathies.  Dr. Alekseev’s patients have access to advanced diagnostic modalities, including electrophisiology testing, various types of perimetry testing, specialized retinal imaging, as well as genetic testing.  In addition to his practice, Dr. Alekseev conducts clinical trials in rare genetic conditions of the retina, such as choroideremia and retinitis pigmentosa.

As a K08-scholar, Dr. Alekseev dedicates the majority of his time to basic and translational research in the laboratory.  He is interested in developing gene-agnostic approaches to extend the longevity of ailing photoreceptors in conditions like retinitis pigmentosa, thereby preserving the vision of affected patients.  The approaches he investigates include both gene-therapy and small-molecule-based therapeutic modalities.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology · 2024 - Present Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Diseases & Surgery, Ophthalmology

Education, Training & Certifications

Drexel University, College of Medicine · 2016 M.D.
Drexel University · 2014 Ph.D.