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

  • Vogel M, Dürsteler KM, Walter M, Herdener M, Nordt C. Rethinking retention in treatment of opioid dependence-The eye of the beholder. Int J Drug Policy. 2016 Oct 24;39:109-113. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.09.003. PubMed PMID: 27788405.
  • Prager P, Hollborn M, Steffen A, Wiedemann P, Kohen L, Bringmann A. P2Y1 Receptor Signaling Contributes to High Salt-Induced Priming of the NLRP3 Inflammasome in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 27;11(10):e0165653. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165653. PubMed PMID: 27788256.
  • Zeng T, Zheng L, Mo L. Shape Representation of Word Was Automatically Activated in the Encoding Phase. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 27;11(10):e0165534. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165534. PubMed PMID: 27788236.
  • Liu Y, Chen AS, Kamphaengkham S, Leenasirimakul P, Jirawison C, Ausayakhun S, Margolis TP, Keenan JD. Diagnostic Utility of Ocular Symptoms and Vision for Cytomegalovirus Retinitis. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 27;11(10):e0165564. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165564. PubMed PMID: 27788232.
  • Aiemjoy K, Stoller NE, Gebresillasie S, Shiferaw A, Tadesse Z, Sewnet T, Ayele B, Chanyalew M, Callahan K, Stewart A, Emerson PM, Lietman TM, Keenan JD, Oldenburg CE. 'If an Eye Is Washed Properly, It Means It Would See Clearly': A Mixed Methods Study of Face Washing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors in Rural Ethiopia. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2016 Oct 27;10(10):e0005099. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005099. PubMed PMID: 27788186.
  • Rao A, Padhy D, Sarangi S, Das G. Angle Closure Scoring System (ACSS)-A Scoring System for Stratification of Angle Closure Disease. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 27;11(10):e0160209. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160209. PubMed PMID: 27788183.

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