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Elena Toschi MD

Elena Toschi MD

Staff Physician, Adult Section, and Director, Young Adult Program, Joslin Diabetes Center; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Elena Toschi is a physician scientist working at Joslin Diabetes Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her research background spans from physiology to bench research. She worked with Dr. Ele Ferrannini, as a young fellow, on human in vivo studies on insulin secretion and actions. Later on, she worker as post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Susan Bonner-Weir’s at Joslin focusing on the biology of islets of Langerhans and their regeneration.

In most recent years, she participated in several clinical studies related to diabetes technologies, including the DIAMOND study, which evaluated the benefit of CGM use by patients on multiple daily injections of insulin (JAMA 2017, The Lancet 2017). The positive results have informed healthcare policy, with CGM now recommended to all patients with T1D and with coverage by Medicare.

She is currently involved several trials focusing on the use of diabetes technology to improve diabetes management and reduce the risk of hypoglycemia in elderly with T1D (NIDDK -Tango Study); restoring hypoglycemia awareness in people with T1D and problematic hypoglycemia (JDRF - HARP.doc); and the development of a meal-tagging app to help with insulin dosing pre-meals (Eli-Lilly).

She is the Director of the Young Adult Program at Joslin Adult Clinic. She is focusing on devising innovative ways to optimize health outcomes in vulnerable emerging adults with diabetes, and on facilitating the transfer of young adults from inside and outside facilities to the Joslin Young Adult Program.

She teaches fellows, residents, and medical students on diabetes management and specifically on the use of pumps and CGM in the Longwood Endocrine Fellow Didactic Program.