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

  • Hakala J, Kätsyri J, Takala T, Häkkinen J. Perception of stereoscopic direct gaze: The effects of interaxial distance and emotional facial expressions. J Vis. 2016 Jul 1;16(9):5. doi: 10.1167/16.9.5. PubMed PMID: 27442954.
  • Rao RC, Harbour JW. An Iris Tumor. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016 Jul 21. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.0924. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27442779.
  • Zheng Y, Zhang Y, Sun X. Epidemiologic characteristics of 10 years hospitalized patients with glaucoma at shanghai eye and ear, nose, and throat hospital. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Jul;95(29):e4254. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000004254. PubMed PMID: 27442654.
  • Shum JW, Choy BN, Ho WL, Chan JC, Lai JS. Consensual ophthalmotonic reaction in Chinese patients following augmented trabeculectomy or ExPRESS shunt implantation. Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Jul;95(29):e4190. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000004190. PubMed PMID: 27442642.
  • Tran H, Shillingford N, Thomas S, Hammoudeh J, Zhou S. Primary Epithelioid Sarcoma of the Zygomatic Bone. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2016 Jul 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27442626.
  • Ames C, Boland E, Szentirmai É. Effects of Macrophage Depletion on Sleep in Mice. PLoS One. 2016 Jul 21;11(7):e0159812. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159812. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27442442.

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