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

  • Bann DV, Deschler DG, Goyal N. Novel Immunotherapeutic Approaches for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Cancers (Basel). 2016 Sep 22;8(10). pii: E87. Review. PubMed PMID: 27669306.
  • Keenan WT, Rupp AC, Ross RA, Somasundaram P, Hiriyanna S, Wu Z, Badea TC, Robinson PR, Lowell BB, Hattar SS. A visual circuit uses complementary mechanisms to support transient and sustained pupil constriction. Elife. 2016 Sep 26;5. pii: e15392. doi: 10.7554/eLife.15392. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27669145.
  • Ostrin L, Choh V, Wildsoet C. The pattern ERG in chicks - Stimulus dependence and optic nerve section. Vision Res. 2016 Sep 23. pii: S0042-6989(16)30123-7. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2016.09.009. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27668989.
  • Dolz-Marco R, Saffra NA, Freund KB. Torpedo Maculopathy Presenting With a Vitelliform Lesion. Retina. 2016 Sep 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27668931.
  • Cohen MN, Houston SK 3rd, Roberts AL, Eagle RC Jr, Gupta OP. ANALYSIS OF PARS PLANA VITRECTOMY INCISIONS USING LIVE BACTERIA. Retina. 2016 Sep 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27668930.
  • Suñer IJ, Bressler NM, Varma R, Dolan CM, Ward J, Turpcu A. RESPONSIVENESS OF THE NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE VISUAL FUNCTION QUESTIONNAIRE-25 TO VISUAL ACUITY GAINS IN PATIENTS WITH DIABETIC MACULAR EDEMA: Evidence From the RIDE and RISE Trials. Retina. 2016 Sep 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27668928.

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