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

  • Lee JE, Lee JJ, Lee SU, Nam KY, Kwon JH, Park JH, Lee SJ. CT-Based Morphological Analysis of Isolated Inferior and Medial Blow-out Orbital Fractures in Korean Adults. Orbit. 2015 Oct 5:1-6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26437370.
  • Liu Y, Carmer R, Zhang G, Venkatraman P, Brown SA, Pang CP, Zhang M, Ma P, Leung YF. Statistical Analysis of Zebrafish Locomotor Response. PLoS One. 2015 Oct 5;10(10):e0139521. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139521. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26437184.
  • Mazori DR, Orme CM, Mir A, Meehan SA, Neimann AL. Vesicular erythema migrans: an atypical and easily misdiagnosed form of Lyme disease. Dermatol Online J. 2015 Aug 15;21(8). pii: 13030/qt9cs1x7r5. PubMed PMID: 26437159.
  • Khan K, Malik AI, Almarzouqi SJ, Morgan ML, Yalamanchili S, Chevez-Barrios P, Lee AG. Optic Neuropathy Due to Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Proven With Optic Nerve Sheath Biopsy. J Neuroophthalmol. 2015 Oct 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26436987.
  • Murray SF, Jazayeri A, Matthes MT, Yasumura D, Yang H, Peralta R, Watt A, Freier S, Hung G, Adamson PS, Guo S, Monia BP, LaVail MM, McCaleb ML. Allele-Specific Inhibition of Rhodopsin With an Antisense Oligonucleotide Slows Photoreceptor Cell Degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015 Oct 1;56(11):6362-6375. doi: 10.1167/iovs.15-16400. PubMed PMID: 26436889.
  • Mwanza JC, Kim HY, Budenz DL, Warren JL, Margolis M, Lawrence SD, Jani PD, Thompson GS, Lee RK. Residual and Dynamic Range of Retinal Nerve Fiber Layer Thickness in Glaucoma: Comparison of Three OCT Platforms. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015 Oct 1;56(11):6344-6351. doi: 10.1167/iovs.15-17248. PubMed PMID: 26436887.

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