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

  • Lanska DJ. Vitamin A-Deficiency Eye Disease Among Soldiers in the U.S. Civil War: Spectrum of Clinical Disease. Mil Med. 2015 Jul;180(7):774-779. PubMed PMID: 26126247.
  • Hatami-Marbini H, Rahimi A. Interrelation of Hydration, Collagen Cross-Linking Treatment, and Biomechanical Properties of the Cornea. Curr Eye Res. 2015 Jun 30:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26126201.
  • Sampson JF, Hasegawa E, Mulki L, Suryawanshi A, Jiang S, Chen WS, Rabinovich GA, Connor KM, Panjwani N. Galectin-8 Ameliorates Murine Autoimmune Ocular Pathology and Promotes a Regulatory T Cell Response. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 30;10(6):e0130772. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130772. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26126176.
  • Trachtenberg JT. Competition, inhibition, and critical periods of cortical plasticity. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2015 Jun 27;35:44-48. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2015.06.006. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 26126153.
  • Beshtawi IM, Akhtar R, Hillarby MC, O'Donnell C, Zhao X, Brahma A, Carley F, Derby B, Radhakrishnan H. Biomechanical Changes of Collagen Cross-Linking on Human Keratoconic Corneas Using Scanning Acoustic Microscopy. Curr Eye Res. 2015 Jun 30:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26126127.
  • Bailey LA, Okereke OI, Kawachi I, Cioffi GA, Pasquale LR, Kang JH. Ophthalmic and Glaucoma Treatment Characteristics Associated With Changes in Health-related Quality of Life Before and After Newly Diagnosed Primary Open-angle Glaucoma in Nurses' Health Study Participants. J Glaucoma. 2015 Jun 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26125994.

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