Thellea K. Leveque M.D.

Thellea K. Leveque M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Comprehensive ophthalmology, Eye Care (Ophthalmology), Uveitis & Ocular Inflammation


Eye Care Institute (Opthalmology)


English, French


Primary Location

Eye Institute at Harborview

908 Jefferson St., 7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206.520.5000|Map It 

Eye Center at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 3rd Floor, NN 300
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.744.2020|Map It 


Dr. Leveque earned her bachelor's degree from Amherst College. She earned her Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) at the University of North Carolina. She completed her M.D. at Duke University School of Medicine. She was inducted into the honors societies Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha in college and medical school, respectively. Following her transitional internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan, where she was co-chief resident. She completed a one year clinical fellowship in ocular inflammatory diseases and uveitis at the University of Washington. Dr. Leveque was formerly a faculty member at the Kellogg Eye Center, and joined the faculty at UW Medicine Eye Institute when she moved to Seattle in 2008. She is a board-certified ophthalmologist, and participates in maintenance of certification with the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Leveque divides her clinical time between comprehensive ophthalmology and uveitis. In her comprehensive practice, she treats patients with a broad spectrum of conditions such as dry eyes and ocular surface disease, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, visual symptoms, eye pain, ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and trauma. She performs minor eyelid surgery and performs lasers for glaucoma or secondary cataract. Dr. Leveque's uveitis practice is a referral-based clinic in which she provides expert subspecialty opinion and treatment for complex inflammatory, autoimmune and infectious eye disease. Dr. Leveque and her team use diagnostics such as detailed patient history, careful physical examination, multimodal eye imaging, and laboratory testing to diagnose and treat uveitic conditions including scleritis and ulcerative keratitis, and anterior, intermediate, posterior and panuveitis. She administers and monitors systemic immunomodulatory therapy, local medications, and performs periocular and intravitreal injections, including slow release steroid implants.

While primarily dedicated to the clinical care of patients, Dr. Leveque also enjoys teaching uveitis fellows, ophthalmology residents, medical students and ophthalmic technicians — receiving top scores for clarity, organization, collegiality, and humor. She is a member of the education committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been an invited lecturer at national and regional meetings, and has served as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. She has co-authored a number journal articles, textbook chapters and clinical expert interviews on uveitis topics.

Patient Care Philosophy

I am dedicated to providing patient-focused clinical care of the highest quality. Achieving this goal requires that I stay up to date with the latest science of care, that I listen carefully to my patients and ask the right questions at the right times, and that I take the extra time to provide meaningful patient education. I am grateful to my patients, as they teach me something new every day.   

Personal Interests

Dr. Leveque lives with her husband and two children. Her personal interests include roller skating, reading, voice acting, music and spending time with dear friends. She especially values quality time and adventures with her family.

Clinical Interests

All straightforward and complex medical conditions of the eye, including ocular inflammation, uveitis, dry eye and related diseases, glaucoma, mild to moderate macular degeneration, ocular health in systemic disease (including diabetes) and trauma. She has a particular interest in uveitis.

Laser capsulotomy, iridotomy, trabeculoplasty, pan-retinal photo-coagulation, minor lid procedures and ocular injections.

Teaching Interests

Her approach to resident education focuses on how to be a primary care doctor for the eye. With medical students, she concentrates on introduction to ophthalmology, equipment use and exam skills.

Scope of Care

Dry eye; cataract; glaucoma; diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration; refractive error; ocular surface diseases; eyelid lesions; eye trauma; all forms of uveitis

Research Interests

Uveitis; resident and patient education; prevention


UW - Dept. of OphthalmologyFellowshipUveitis2012
Duke UniversityMedical education2001
Univ. of North Carolina @ Chapel HillMaster2000


Board Certifications

American Board of OphthalmologyOphthalmology2007
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