Young woman with diabetes ready for morning run along the coast

A Unique Time

Young adults with diabetes have unique needs. Many of them are moving out of their parents’ houses, advancing their education, starting a career, deepening relationships and exploring their independence. But diabetes can add a level of complexity to a young adult’s life. That’s why Joslin Diabetes Center offers a unique program designed especially for young adults with the condition.

Joslin's Young Adult Program offers:

  • Individualized visits with physicians who specialize in young adult care
  • A 24/7 on-call physician
  • Educational visits with Certified Diabetes Educators who specialize in nutrition, exercise physiology and diabetes technology
  • Individualized and group visits with Behavioral Health experts
    • email youngadult [at] to find out
      about upcoming group sessions.
  • A compassionate, confidential and judgment-free setting

Our Young Adult Program tailors plans for young adults, taking into consideration their life goals and the emotional demands of living with diabetes.

Each one of our clinical team members offers expertise in diabetes management, as well as extensive experience with diabetes technologies, including insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors. We also take into account the busy lives of young adults — and we offer flexibility in scheduling.

Meet Our Specialists

Elena Toschi
Elena Toschi, MD
Research Associate and Staff Physician
Director, Young Adult Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Elizabeth Bashoff
Elizabeth Bashoff, MD
Senior Staff Physician
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Joanna Mitri
Joanna Mitri, MD, MS
Research Associate and Staff Physician
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Associate Medical Director, Care Advisory and Affiliate Programs
Giulio Romeo
Giulio Romeo, MD
Assistant Investigator and Staff Physician
Associate Medical Director of the Adult Diabetes Section
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Samar Hafida
Samar Hafida, MD
Staff Physician
Assistant Medical Director, Global Education and Care
Weight Management and Clinical Nutrition Specialist
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Susan Herzlinger-Botein
Susan Herzlinger-Botein, MD
Research Associate and Staff Physician
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Roeland Middelbeek
Roeland Middelbeek, MD
Staff Physician
Research Associate
Associate Program Director, Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, BIDMC-Joslin Diabetes Center
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Cara Kilroy
Cara Kilroy, MSN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Maria Koen, Nurse Practitioner
Maria Koen, FNP
Nurse Practitioner
Fioralda Kico
Fioralda Kico, NP
Nurse Practitioner
Yu Wang, Nurse Practitioner
Yu Wang, DNP
Nurse Practitioner
Nicole Patience
Nicole Patience, MS, RDN, LDN,CDE, CEDRD
Nutrition Educator
Eating Disorder Specialist
Jacqueline Shahar
Jacqueline Shahar, MEd, RCEP, CDE
Manager, Clinical Exercise Physiology
Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
Clinical Exercise Physiologist
Mallory Sin
Mallory Sin, BS, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Educator

Classes & Events

Diabetes 101: Caring for Children with Diabetes - Virtual Class

Class will be conducted virtually via Zoom meeting platform. Upon completion of this class, the participant will be able to: Define and...

Diabetes 101: Caring for Children with Diabetes - Virtual Class

Blood sugar control with healthy organic food and dumbbells




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For more information or to make a young adult care appointment, call 617-309-1936 or email the YoungAdult [at] (Young Adult Coordinator)