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

  • Kaur N, Kaur B. Spectral studies on anthracene based dual sensor for Hg(2+) and Al(3+) ions with two distinct output modes of detection. Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2017 Mar 15;181:60-64. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2017.03.029. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28340396.
  • Gawdat G, El-Fayoumi D, Marzouk H, Farag Y. Ocular Manifestations in Children with Juvenile-Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Semin Ophthalmol. 2017 Mar 24:1-7. doi: 10.1080/08820538.2017.1301497. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28340314.
  • Long DD, Rosen I. Social Work and Optometry: Interprofessional Practice Revisited. Health Soc Work. 2017 Feb 27:1-4. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlx002. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28339798.
  • Braun RJ, Driscoll TA, Begley CG, King-Smith PE, Siddique JI. On tear film breakup (TBU): dynamics and imaging. Math Med Biol. 2017 Feb 20. doi: 10.1093/imammb/dqw023. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28339681.
  • Klein EG, Quisenberry AJ, Shoben AB, Cooper S, Ferketich AK, Berman M, Peters E, Wewers ME. Health Warning Labels for Smokeless Tobacco: The Impact of Graphic Images on Attention, Recall, and Craving. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Jan 28. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntx021. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28339596.
  • Gupta S, Rodier JT, Sharma A, Giuliano EA, Sinha PR, Hesemann NP, Ghosh A, Mohan RR. Targeted AAV5-Smad7 gene therapy inhibits corneal scarring in vivo. PLoS One. 2017 Mar 24;12(3):e0172928. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172928. eCollection 2017 Mar 24. PubMed PMID: 28339457.

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