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Free online program with a panel of Diabetes experts

Diabetic Retinopathy
Patient Education Program

Now Available On Demand


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.

Preserving Your Eye Sight

Take Control of Your Sight
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious, but treatable condition that can cause vision loss and even blindness if left untreated. Don’t let diabetic retinopathy rob you of your vision. Take control of your sight.


During the event you will:

  • Learn about diabetic retinopathy (DR) from top experts
  • Hear directly from patients with diabetes and diabetic retinopathy
  • Understand your risks and the treatment options available
  • Find out how to keep your eyes healthy

What is It and Are You at Risk?

Take Control of Your Sight
Don't miss this opportunity to learn about diabetic retinopathy, the risks for people with diabetes, and how to protect your vision.


You'll learn from leading diabetes and eye experts as well as patients just like you about:

  • The risks of diabetic retinopathy
  • What you can do to keep your eyes healthy
  • Options available to you if you are developing symptoms of eye disease


Richard S. Beaser, MD

Joslin Diabetes Center

Richard S. Beaser, M.D., is a practicing physician in the Joslin Clinic and holds the position of Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has also been the Medical Executive Director of Professional Education at Joslin and was instrumental in developing that activity at Joslin, a department he founded in 1990. Dr. Beaser graduated in 1973 from Trinity College, Hartford, and received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1977. He served as a resident in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester from 1977-1980. He was a fellow in endocrinology at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA 1980-81, and in Endocrinology at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA 1981-82.

Dr. Beaser has been on the staff of the Joslin Diabetes Center since 1982. He has held numerous past positions at Joslin, including Section Chief of the Adult Diabetology Practice, Medical Director of the Diabetes Treatment Unit, Coordinator of the Patient Education Section, and Medical Director of Joslin TrialNet, a clinical trials network. He has been a clinical research investigator, including the landmark Diabetes Control and Complications Trial.

Dr. Beaser has authored 4 books: Joslin Diabetes Manual, Outsmarting Diabetes, The Joslin Guide to Diabetes, and Joslin’s Diabetes Deskbook: A Guide for Primary Care Providers. Dr Beaser is a well-known national lecturer on clinical diabetes and its comorbidities. He is the author of numerous publications in peer review journals, review articles, and book chapters. In his role as Medical Executive Director of Professional Education at Joslin Diabetes Center, and currently as the Chair of the CME Committee, Dr. Beaser has a specific focus on development or oversight of educational content for the department, targeting physicians, other medical professionals, and patients. He leads departmental conceptualization and development of projects and activities.

Jerry Cavallerano, OD, PhD, FAAO

Harvard Medical School

Jerry Cavallerano, OD, PhD, FAAO, is Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and Staff Optometrist, Beetham Eye Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA. Dr. Cavallerano received his Ph.D. from Fordham University, Bronx, NY and his O.D. from the New England College of Optometry.

Dr. Cavallerano served as a clinical co-investigator for the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study, and other National Institutes of Health-sponsored clinical trials. He has assisted in the design and implementation of single-center trials on behalf of the National Eye Institute sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net) and is a named author on the manuscripts from these studies. He serves both as a certified refractionist and visual acuity examiner for the DRCR.net as well as a certifying DRCR.net examiner for both of these activities.

Dr. Cavallerano served on the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) Clinical Care Guidelines Committee, co-authored the AOA’s Clinical Care Guideline on Optometric Care of the Patient with Diabetes, and previously was a co-author of the American Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Recommendations for Diabetic Retinopathy and the Technical Review to support the Clinical Practice Recommendations.

Dr. Cavallerano is former Chairman of the Ocular Telehealth Special Interest Group of the American Telemedicine Association and recognized leader in the field of ocular telemedicine, and a co-author of the ATA’s Telehealth Practice Recommendations for Diabetic Retinopathy. He serves as Chief, Beetham Eye Institute Center for Ocular Telehealth at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Dr. Cavallerano serves on the Continuing Medical Education Committee, the Clinical Guidelines Committee, and the Committee on Human Studies Review Board at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Dr. Cavallerano has authored or co-authored more than 85 articles, reviews, and book chapters, predominantly on diabetic retinopathy and ocular telemedicine, and he has lectured extensively on diabetic eye disease.

Dr. Cavallerano has served as editor of the New England Journal of Optometry and on the editorial boards of Diabetes Spectrum and Clinical Diabetes. He is presently on the scientific editorial review board of Review of Optometry and Telemedicine and e-Health and a reviewer for numerous journals.

Timothy Murtha, MD

Joslin Diabetes Center

Timothy Murtha, MD, is a staff ophthalmologist at the Beetham Eye Institute of the Joslin Diabetes Center, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr Murtha’s clinical expertise extends into the arena of clinical research and trials, and his clinical interests include diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and vitreoretinal disease. He has served as a clinical investigator for the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and he has been active in the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net). Dr Murtha received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Deborah Schlossman, MD

Joslin Diabetes Center

Dr. Deborah Schlossman received her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1988. She completed her medical internship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NY and her ophthalmology residency at Georgetown, followed by a fellowship in diabetic eye disease at the Joslin Diabetes Center. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Schlossman sees patients full time at the Joslin Diabetes Center. Her primary interests include diabetic eye disease, cataract surgery, and clinical teaching. In addition to diagnosing and treating diabetic retinopathy, she specializes in cataract surgery in diabetic patients. Her research efforts include participation in various clinical trials as a co-investigator, including the diabetic retinopathy clinical research network trials.



Partners and Supporters

  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • PlatformQ Health