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

  • Nanashima A, Tominaga T, Sumida Y, Tobinaga S, Nagayasu T. Indocyanine green identification for tumor infiltration or metastasis originating from hepatocellular carcinoma. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2018 Apr 16;46:56-61. doi: 10.1016/j.ijscr.2018.03.044. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29684806.
  • Bodenschatz CM, Skopinceva M, Kersting A, Quirin M, Suslow T. Implicit negative affect predicts attention to sad faces beyond self-reported depressive symptoms in healthy individuals: An eye-tracking study. Psychiatry Res. 2018 Apr 4;265:48-54. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.04.007. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29684769.
  • Roman-Liu D. Age-related changes in the range and velocity of postural sway. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2018 Apr 9;77:68-80. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2018.04.007. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 29684741.
  • Zhao Y, Liu Y, Sun J, Sha H, Yang Y, Ye Q, Yang Q, Huang B, Yu Y, Huang H. Acute toxic responses of embryo-larval zebrafish to zinc pyrithione (ZPT) reveal embryological and developmental toxicity. Chemosphere. 2018 Apr 6;205:62-70. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.04.010. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29684692.
  • Río MD, Greenlee MW, Volberg G. Neural dynamics of breaking continuous flash suppression. Neuroimage. 2018 Apr 20. pii: S1053-8119(18)30351-3. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.04.041. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29684643.
  • Mohammadi M, Patel K, Alaie SP, Shmueli RB, Besirli CG, Larson RG, Green JJ. Injectable drug depot engineered to release multiple ophthalmic therapeutic agents with precise time profiles for postoperative treatment following ocular surgery. Acta Biomater. 2018 Apr 20. pii: S1742-7061(18)30240-X. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2018.04.037. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29684622.

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