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

  • Chaudhuri Z, Demer JL. Rectus Muscle Plication Procedure-Reply. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2014 Oct 30. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2014.4263. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25358068.
  • Zuris JA, Thompson DB, Shu Y, Guilinger JP, Bessen JL, Hu JH, Maeder ML, Joung JK, Chen ZY, Liu DR. Cationic lipid-mediated delivery of proteins enables efficient protein-based genome editing in vitro and in vivo. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Oct 30. doi: 10.1038/nbt.3081. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25357182.
  • Fattah A, Gurusinghe A, Gavilan J, Hadlock T, Marcus J, Marres H, Nduka C, Slattery W, Snyder-Warwik A; On behalf of the Sir Charles Bell Society. Facial Nerve Grading Instruments: Systematic Review of the Literature and Suggestion for Uniformity. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Oct 29. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25357164.
  • Chauhan S, Sen S, Sharma A, Tandon R, Kashyap S, Pushker N, Vanathi M, Sharma N. American Joint Committee on Cancer Staging and Clinicopathological High-Risk Predictors of Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia: A Study From a Tertiary Eye Center in India. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2014 Nov;138(11):1488-1494. PubMed PMID: 25357110.
  • Naidu G, Correia M, Nirmalan P, Verma N, Thomas R. Functional and Visual Acuity Outcomes of Cataract surgery in Timor-Leste (East Timor). Ophthalmic Epidemiol. 2014 Oct 30:1-9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25357102.
  • Jakobiec FA, Roh M, Stagner AM, Yoon MK. Caruncular Dacryops. Cornea. 2014 Oct 29. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25357082.

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