Alessandro Iannaccone, M.D., M.S.

Alessandro Iannaccone, M.D., M.S.

Retinal Degeneration & Ophthalmic Genetics Service
Lions Visual Function Diagnostic Lab

Associate Professor
Department of Ophthalmology
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Hamilton Eye Institute
930 Madison Ave, Suite 731 (academic)
930 Madison Ave, Suite 400 (clinical)
Memphis, TN 38163 (USA)
Phone: (901) 448-7831 (academic)
(901) 448-6445/6185 (lab)
(901) 448-1241 (UTMG front desk)
Fax: (901) 448-5028 (UT)/1021 (UTMG)
Email: Alessandro Iannaccone


  • M.D. Institution: University La Sapienza, School of Medicine, Rome, Italy
  • M.S. Institution: (Epidemiology) College of Graduate Health Sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
  • Postdoctoral: (Medical Retina Research) Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; (Pediatric Retinal and Optic Nerve Diseases) University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
  • Residency: School of Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Rome, Italy


Research Interests

Presently, stronger emphasis in my research is on 1) inflammatory and autoimmune aspects of age related macular degeneration and panretinal retinopathies; 2) hereditary retinal diseases such as X-linked and dominant retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Leber's congenital amaurosis, Usher syndrome (RP with hearing loss) and Bardet-Biedl syndrome (RP with obesity, polydactyly, and other systemic manifestations); and 3) nutritional influences on macular function and macular pigment.

Recent Publications

  • Wang C, Han Z. Ginkgo Biloba Extract Enhances Differentiation and Performance of Neural Stem Cells in Mouse Cochlea. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 2015 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25822771.
  • Asrani S. Optical Coherence Tomography Errors in Glaucoma: Preanalytical Errors. J Glaucoma. 2015 Apr-May;24(4):334. PubMed PMID: 25822575.
  • Chen YW, Wang YY, Zhao D, Yu CG, Xin Z, Cao X, Shi J, Yang GR, Yuan MX, Yang JK. High Prevalence of Lower Extremity Peripheral Artery Disease in Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 30;10(3):e0122022. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122022. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25822410.
  • Pecen PE, Kaiser PK. Current phase 1/2 research for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2015 Mar 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25822255.
  • PLOS ONE Staff. Correction: Rapid, Accurate, and Non-Invasive Measurement of Zebrafish Axial Length and Other Eye Dimensions Using SD-OCT Allows Longitudinal Analysis of Myopia and Emmetropization. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 30;10(3):e0119779. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119779. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25822247.
  • Wong LL, Pye QN, Chen L, Seal S, McGinnis JF. Defining the Catalytic Activity of Nanoceria in the P23H-1 Rat, a Photoreceptor Degeneration Model. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 30;10(3):e0121977. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121977. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 25822196.

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