Dr. Liliya

Dr. Liliya Sutherland completed medical school training at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed her ophthalmology residency through Michigan State University at Metro Health in Grand Rapids. Following completion of her residency, she completed a 2 year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship with our practice at Retina Specialists of Michigan.

She has completed additional fellowship training with the Casey Eye Institute in the study of inherited retinal disease in order to bring this area of expertise to West Michigan. This ophthalmic genetics fellowship includes training in the evaluation, diagnosis, and genetic counseling of those with a wide range of ophthalmic genetic disorders and how to distinguish them from other masquerading diseases.

Dr. Sutherland is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retinal Specialists, American Osteopathic Association, Michigan Society of Eye Physicians, the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology, and Sigma Sigma Phi National; an Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity. Dr. Sutherland has participated in multiple research studies and has published several articles and book chapters.

Her interests include: diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, inherited retinal diseases (including retinitis pigmentosa, Leber’s congenital amaurosis, Stargadt’s disease, Best’s disease, X-linked retinoschisis, pattern macular dystrophies, and other rare conditions), and uveitis/ocular inflammatory disorders. She is currently investigating therapies for age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.


  • B.S. Emory and Henry College 2004

  • D.O Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine 2008

  • Internship, Michigan State University, Metro Health Grand Rapids 2009

  • Ophthalmology Residency, Michigan State University, Metro Health Grand Rapids 2012

  • Vitreoretinal Fellowship, Retina Specialists of Michigan 2014

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Michigan State University 2015-2019

What Our Patients Are Saying

“Dr. Sutherland was efficient, warm, empathetic and explained the issues very clearly. “

” Very much appreciated Dr. Sutherland’s patience in answering my and my wife’s questions “

” Dr. Sutherland and all the staff go above courteous, they’ve shown to me genuine compassion and empathy for my health concerns. I am extremely satisfied with their treatment for me “

” Dr. Sutherland and her staff are always courteous and efficient. They always show concern for my comfort as much as possible. Will always recommend their practice. “