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

  • Hoehle LP, Phillips KM, Bergmark RW, Caradonna DS, Gray ST, Sedaghat AR. Symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis differentially impact general health-related quality of life. Rhinology. 2016 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27665614.
  • Müller TM, Verdijk RM, Lavy I, Bruinsma M, Parker J, Binder PS, Melles GR. Histopathologic Features of Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty Graft Remnants, Folds, and Detachments. Ophthalmology. 2016 Sep 21. pii: S0161-6420(16)30884-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.08.014. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27665214.
  • Messmer EM, von Lindenfels V, Garbe A, Kampik A. Matrix Metalloproteinase 9 Testing in Dry Eye Disease Using a Commercially Available Point-of-Care Immunoassay. Ophthalmology. 2016 Sep 21. pii: S0161-6420(16)30734-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.07.028. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27665213.
  • Kovács K, Kis A, Pogány Á, Koller D, Topál J. Differential effects of oxytocin on social sensitivity in two distinct breeds of dogs (Canis familiaris). Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 Sep 20;74:212-220. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.09.010. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27665081.
  • Panarelli JF, Banitt MR, Gedde SJ, Shi W, Schiffman JC, Feuer WJ. Reply. Ophthalmology. 2016 Oct;123(10):e62-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.03.004. PubMed PMID: 27664919.
  • Clark WL, Boyer DS, Heier JS, Brown DM, Haller JA, Vitti R, Kazmi H, Berliner AJ, Erickson K, Chu KW, Soo Y, Cheng Y, Campochiaro PA. Reply. Ophthalmology. 2016 Oct;123(10):e60-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.03.020. PubMed PMID: 27664917.

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