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

  • Daniel SG, Russ AD, Guthridge KM, Raina AI, Estes PS, Parsons LM, Richardson HE, Schroeder JA, Zarnescu DC. miR-9a mediates the role of Lethal giant larvae as an epithelial growth inhibitor in Drosophila. Biol Open. 2017 Dec 20. pii: bio.027391. doi: 10.1242/bio.027391. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29361610.
  • Riparbelli MG, Persico V, Gottardo M, Callaini G. The developing Drosophila eye: an oncoming model to study centriole reduction. J Cell Sci. 2018 Jan 19. pii: jcs.211441. doi: 10.1242/jcs.211441. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29361550.
  • Dieguez HH, Romeo HE, Fleitas MFG, Aranda ML, Milne G, Rosenstein RE, Dorfman D. Superior cervical gangliectomy induces non-exudative age-related macular degeneration in mice. Dis Model Mech. 2017 Dec 28. pii: dmm.031641. doi: 10.1242/dmm.031641. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29361515.
  • Périé S, Santini J, Kim HY, Dralle H, Randolph GW. International consensus (ICON) on comprehensive management of the laryngeal nerves risks during thyroid surgery. Eur Ann Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Dis. 2018 Jan 17. pii: S1879-7296(18)30009-7. doi: 10.1016/j.anorl.2017.11.010. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29361440.
  • Zangwill LM, Ayyagari R, Liebmann JM, Girkin CA, Feldman R, Dubiner H, Dirkes KA, Holmann M, Williams-Steppe E, Hammel N, Saunders LJ, Vega S, Sandow K, Roll K, Slight R, Auerbach D, Samuels BC, Panarelli JF, Mitchell JP, Al-Aswad LA, Park SC, Tello C, Cotliar J, Bansal R, Sidoti PA, Cioffi GA, Blumberg D, Ritch R, Bell NP, Blieden LS, Davis G, Medeiros FA, Ng MCY, Das SK, Palmer ND, Divers J, Langefeld CD, Freedman BI, Bowden DW, Christopher MA, Chen YI, Guo X, Taylor KD, Rotter JI, Weinreb RN; African Descent and Glaucoma Evaluation Study III Genomics Study Group. The African Descent and Glaucoma Evaluation Study (ADAGES) III: Contribution of Genotype to Glaucoma Phenotype in African Americans: Study Design and Baseline Data. Ophthalmology. 2018 Jan 17. pii: S0161-6420(17)32714-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2017.11.031. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29361356.
  • Sibony PA, Wei J, Sigal IA. Gaze-Evoked Deformations in Optic Nerve Head Drusen: Repetitive Shearing as a Potential Factor in the Visual and Vascular Complications. Ophthalmology. 2018 Jan 17. pii: S0161-6420(17)33391-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2017.12.006. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29361354.

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