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

  • AlKheraiji NF, AlKheraiji AF, Stone DU. Mycobacterium abscessus scleritis after a Baerveldt glaucoma implant. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol. 2016 Aug 23. doi: 10.1111/ceo.12824. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27552708.
  • Mesbah-Oskui L, Horner RL. Enhanced Thalamic Spillover Inhibition during Non-rapid-eye-movement Sleep Triggers an Electrocortical Signature of Anesthetic Hypnosis. Anesthesiology. 2016 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27552653.
  • Hill JL, Hardy NF, Jimenez DV, Maynard KR, Kardian AS, Pollock CJ, Schloesser RJ, Martinowich K. Loss of promoter IV-driven BDNF expression impacts oscillatory activity during sleep, sensory information processing and fear regulation. Transl Psychiatry. 2016 Aug 23;6(8):e873. doi: 10.1038/tp.2016.153. PubMed PMID: 27552586.
  • Skaat A, Jasien JV, Ritch R. Efficacy of Topically Administered Rho-Kinase Inhibitor AR-12286 in Patients With Exfoliation Syndrome and Ocular Hypertension or Glaucoma. J Glaucoma. 2016 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27552517.
  • Waisbourd M, Dhami H, Zhou C, Hsieh M, Abichandani P, Pro MJ, Moster MR, Katz LJ, Hark LA, Myers JS. The Wills Eye Glaucoma App: Interest of Patients and Their Caregivers in a Smartphone-based and Tablet-based Glaucoma Application. J Glaucoma. 2016 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27552513.
  • Resende AF, Moster MR, Patel NS, Lee D, Dhami H, Pro MJ, Waisbourd M. Ahmed Versus Baerveldt Glaucoma Drainage Implantation in Patients With Markedly Elevated Intraocular Pressure (≥30 mm Hg). J Glaucoma. 2016 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27552512.

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