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Joslin Chronology

1898: Elliott P. Joslin, M.D., begins private practice on Beacon Street in Boston, and a few years later moves his practice to 81 Bay State Road.

1934: The George F. Baker Building is opened on the New England Deaconess Hospital site on Pilgrim Road and houses research laboratories for Dr. Joslin and colleagues.

1952: Dr. Joslin’s group practice became formally known as Joslin Clinic. His associates were: Howard Root, M.D., Alexander Marble, M.D., and Robert Bradley, M.D. (all three became Joslin Presidents), his son Allen P. Joslin, M.D., Leo Krall, M.D. (who held the position of President of the International Diabetes Federation) and Priscilla White, M.D., known for her pioneering work with children and pregnant women.

1953: The Diabetes Foundation is established as a non-profit organization to collect contributions for camping, education and research activities.

1956: Joslin Clinic moves to its current site adjacent to New England Deaconess Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center).

1962: Dr. Joslin dies at age 92.

1968: Joslin Clinic merges with The Diabetes Foundation, Inc., and is renamed Joslin Diabetes Foundation, Inc. The institution now combines patient care, research and education into one single organization.

1970: The 50-Year Medal is established. It is awarded to any patient who has lived for a half century with type 1 diabetes. Currently there are more than 2,400 people worldwide who have received the 50-Year Medal.

1981: Joslin Diabetes Foundation is renamed Joslin Diabetes Center.

1987: The Affiliated Centers Program begins with initial centers opening in Florida and Indianapolis. Currently there are 25 Joslin affiliates located throughout the country and the world.

1996: This year marks the 75th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Joslin awards its first medal for living 75 years with insulin-dependent diabetes to Joslin patient John Grant of East Bridgewater, Mass. Currently, 17 people have received this honor.

1998: Joslin's 100th anniversary celebration.

1998: Strategic Initiatives Division started to create innovative educational programs to improve diabetes care around the world. Includes professional education, disease management programs, the Joslin Vision Network (diabetic eye disease management through telemedicine), and expansion of affiliates program.

1999: C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., assumes position of President upon retirement of Kenneth Quickel, Jr., M.D., who had been President since 1987. The previous Presidents were Drs. Howard Root (1962-1967), Alexander Marble (1968-1977), and Robert F. Bradley (1977-1987).

2003: Longstanding clinical collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is expanded, furthering Joslin’s expertise in treating the clinical complications of diabetes. 

2003: Center for Innovation in Diabetes Education is created to identify the barriers to diabetes self-care and devise ways to overcome them.

2014: George King, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, and Lloyd Paul Aiello, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Beetham Eye Institute (BEI) received the 2014 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award for their contributions toward the discovery of treatments inhibiting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) for ocular diseases.

2015:  Peter Amenta M.D., Ph.D. is Named President and CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center

2015: Joslin Chief Academic Officer Dr. C. Ronald Kahn Is Awarded The Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes

2016: C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., Is Awarded the Prestigious Wolf Prize in Medicine for Groundbreaking Research in Insulin Signaling


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