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

  • Madsen H, Dam H, Hageman I. Eye disorder differentiates seasonality outcomes in persons with severe visual impairment. J Affect Disord. 2017 Apr 13;217:233-236. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.04.014. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28432995.
  • Takemura SY, Nern A, Chklovskii DB, Scheffer LK, Rubin GM, Meinertzhagen IA. The comprehensive connectome of a neural substrate for 'ON' motion detection in Drosophila. Elife. 2017 Apr 22;6. pii: e24394. doi: 10.7554/eLife.24394. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28432786.
  • Engel SS, Suryawanshi S, Stevens SR, Josse RG, Cornel JH, Jakuboniene N, Riefflin A, Tankova T, Wainstein J, Peterson ED, Holman RR; TECOS Study Group.. Safety of Sitagliptin in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease: Outcomes from TECOS. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2017 Apr 22. doi: 10.1111/dom.12983. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28432745.
  • Nayar K, Voyles AC, Kiorpes L, Di Martino A. Global and local visual processing in autism: An objective assessment approach. Autism Res. 2017 Apr 22. doi: 10.1002/aur.1782. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28432743.
  • Astuti D, Sabir A, Fulton P, Zatyka M, Williams D, Hardy C, Milan G, Favaretto F, Yu-Wai-Man P, Rohayem J, de Heredia ML, Hershey T, Tranebjaerg L, Chen JH, Chaussenot A, Nunes V, Marshall B, McAfferty S, Tillmann V, Maffei P, Paquis-Flucklinger V, Geberhiwot T, Mlynarski W, Parkinson K, Picard V, Bueno GE, Dias R, Arnold A, Richens C, Paisey R, Urano F, Semple R, Sinnott R, Barrett TG. Monogenic diabetes syndromes: Locus-specific databases for Alström, Wolfram and Thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anaemia. Hum Mutat. 2017 Apr 21. doi: 10.1002/humu.23233. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28432734.
  • Khan MA, Mallika V, Joshi D. Comparison of immediate versus deferred intravitreal Bevacizumab in macular oedema due to branch retinal vein occlusion: a pilot study. Int Ophthalmol. 2017 Apr 21. doi: 10.1007/s10792-017-0538-y. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28432581.

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