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Elena Toschi, M.D.

Position

Staff Physician, Adult Diabetes

Specialty

Insulin Pump Therapy, Obesity, Pregnancy, Young Adult Transition

Special
Interests

Type 1 Diabetes Research

Teaching
Appointment

Instructor of Medicine, HMS

Medical School

Pisa University, Italy, 1996

Residency

Internal Medicine, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, MA 2010

Fellowship

Endocrinology and Diabetes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston MA 2014

Certification

Internal Medicine, Endocrinology

I am an Italian physician who completed medical school and clinical training at the University of Pisa in 1996. I came to the Joslin Diabetes Center in 2001 as post-doctoral fellow in Susan Bonner-Weir’s lab, working on a project funded by the NIH and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund that focused on finding markers for newly formed beta-cells and looked at metabolic differences between neonatal and adult islets. The results were published Diabetologia.  The identification of those markers has been helping determine the process of differentiation from progenitor/stem cell to mature beta-cell. 

In 2005, I decided to stay in Boston and I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and my Endocrine, Metabolism and Diabetes fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Joslin Diabetes Center. In 2014, I returned to Joslin as staff physician and joined Dr. Wolpert’s team, which focuses on the use of technology in intensive diabetes management.

We have Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) programs that incorporate clinical pathways for training patients on the use of insulin pump and/or CGM. I am principal or co-investigator in several multi-center randomized controlled trials, evaluating efficacy of CGM, possibility of using CGM for insulin bolusing without routine blood glucose in subjects with type 1 diabetes. I am also involved in developing innovative education models as well as training programs to optimize decision-making processes for subjects with type 1.