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Alessandro Iannaccone, MD, MS

Ophthalmologist, Retinal Specialist

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Areas of Expertise
Where I See Patients
Duke Eye Center - Durham, NC

My Locations

2351 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC 27705-4699
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About Me

I was inspired to become a doctor from the example my parents set, who were both health care professionals. I saw my first patient with a complex retinal degeneration syndrome when I was an Ophthalmology intern, and that became my calling to the field of retinal degenerations and ophthalmic genetics. Broadly speaking, I am a medical retina specialist. I focus primarily on retinal degenerations and dystrophies (such as retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt disease, cone- and cone-rod dystrophy, Usher syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, choroideremia, retinoschisis, achromatopsia, blue cone monochromacy, and related conditions). I also have a strong interest in autoimmune retinopathies and age-related macular degeneration, and see also patients with retinal vascular problems. Being a father to my son is my biggest priority in life. We also have a special bond because we are both fluent in Italian, which is what we speak with one another. My hobbies include cooking, biking, photography, and traveling.

Current Appointments and Affiliations
Languages I Speak
English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

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Areas of Expertise

  • Genetic Eye Disease
  • Retinal Degeneration
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa

Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Provider Rating
4.70 out of 5
284 ratings, 47 reviews

Training and Education

Retinal Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Ophthalmology, University La Sapienza (Italy), 1989-1993
MD, University La Sapienza (Italy), 1989

Clinical Focus and Research

Clinical Trials
Publications and Grants

Insurance Accepted

Duke Health contracts with most major health insurance carriers and transplant networks, including the ones listed below.

    • Aetna Choice POS, Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice HMO, Aetna Open Access Elect Choice
    • Aetna Health Network Only, Aetna Health Network Option
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Limited Benefit Insurance PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS
    • Aetna Medicare Assure Plan (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Eagle Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Essential Plan (PPO)
    • Aetna Medicare Value Plan (HMO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO, Open Access Aetna Select, Aetna Open Access Managed Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice PPO
    • Aetna PCP Coordinated POS Plan
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (QPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice
    • Aetna Voluntary Indemnity Group Plan
    • Aetna Whole Health – Duke WakeMed WKCC
    • Aetna/CVS Health
    • Ambetter of North Carolina
    • Blue Advantage
    • Blue Medicare (HMO, PPO)*
    • Blue Options (123, PPO, HSA)
    • Blue Select
    • NC State Employees Health Plan
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice does not participate in the plan.

  • Bright HealthCare
    • Cigna Behavioral Health (*Limited eligibility)
    • Cigna Choice Plus
    • Cigna Connect Individual Family Plan
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access Plus
    • *Please call Cigna Behavioral Heath to see if the provider is participating in your plan.

    • Duke Basic
    • Duke Select
    • Experience Health Medicare Advantage (HMO) Plan
  • First Health
  • Gateway Health Alliance
    • Halifax Physician-Hospital Organization plans*
    • *This plan is only accepted at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, and Duke HomeCare & Hospice.

  • Healthgram
    • Humana Choice (PPO)
    • Humana Choice - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana ChoiceCare - Medicare Advantage (PPO)
    • Humana Gold Choice - Medicare Advantage (PFFS)
    • Humana Gold Plus - Medicare Advantage (HMO)
    • Humana Medicare Advantage Group Plan - NC State Retirees
  • MedCost
    • First Medicare Direct
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part B
  • MultiPlan / Private Healthcare Systems
    • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina
    • Carolina Complete Health
    • Healthy Blue
    • NC Medicaid Direct
    • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
    • WellCare of North Carolina
    • FAMIS*
    • Optima Family Care (Medicaid HMO in VA)*
    • Optima Individual & Family (On & Off Exchange Plans)
    • Optima Plus (PPO)
    • Optima Vantage (HMO)
    • *Duke Primary Care, Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are not participating with this plan.

    • TRICARE Prime
    • TRICARE Prime Remote
    • TRICARE Select
    • AARP Medicare Advantage Plan 2 (HMO-POS)
    • AARP Medicare Complete (HMO, PPO)*
    • AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)*
    • All Savers Alternate Funding
    • All Savers Fully Insured
    • United Healthcare (HMO, PPO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Charter/Charter Balance/Charter Plus
    • United Healthcare Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Core/Core Essential
    • United Healthcare Navigate/Navigate Plus/Navigate Balanced
    • United Healthcare Option PPO
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Choice/Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Passport Connect Options PPO
    • United Healthcare Select/Select Plus
    • United Healthcare Shared Services - Harvard Pilgrim/UHC Options PPO Network
    • United Medical Resources (UMR)
    • *Duke HomeCare and Hospice and mental health providers do not participate with the plan.

Before scheduling your appointment, we strongly recommend you contact your insurance company to verify that the Duke Health location or provider you plan to visit is included in your network. Your insurance company will also be able to inform you of any co-payments, co–insurances, or deductibles that will be your responsibility. If you proceed in scheduling an appointment and your health insurance benefits do not participate with Duke, your out of pocket liability may be higher. We will contact you regarding your coverage and patient liability. If you are uninsured, learn more about our financial assistance policy.

External Relationships

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies or institutions listed below. This information has been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.
  • 4D Molecular Therapeutics
  • Acucela
  • Adverum Biotechnoligies
  • Aldeyra Therapeutics
  • Alia Therapeutics, Trento, Italy
  • Allergan/AbbVie
  • Allievex Corp
  • Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation
  • Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Marlborough, MA
  • Atsena Therapeutics
  • Baker Brother Investments
  • Biogen
  • Blue Cone Monochromacy Families Foundation, Jupiter, FL
  • BridgeBio
  • Choroideremia Research Foundation, Springfield, MA
  • Clarivate Analytics
  • Editas Medicine, Cambridge, MA
  • EluminexBio
  • Endogena
  • Evolution Medical
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness, Columbia, MD
  • Frontera Therapeutics
  • GLG Group, San Francisco, CA
  • Guidepoint Clinical
  • Gyroscope, Stevenage, UK (now part of Novartis)
  • Huron Consulting Group, New York, NY
  • Jannsen Pharmaceuticals
  • Kairos Ventures
  • M. Arkin Ltd.
  • MeiraGTx
  • Ocugen, Malvern, PA
  • ProQR Therapeutics
  • Retinagenix Therapeutics
  • Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA
  • Roivant Pharma, New York, NY
  • Stargazer Pharmaceuticals
  • Tegus
  • Teladoc Health (formerly Advance Medical, Inc., Westwood, MA)