Mass. Eye and Ear, Joslin Diabetes Center to share doctors, research projects

Masaschusetts Eye and Ear and Joslin Diabetes Center will partner on research and clinical care, focusing particularly on people with diabetes-related eye disease, the groups announced Monday.

Joslin’s Beetham Eye Institute and Mass. Eye and Ear’s Department of Ophthalmology have worked together for decades but will create a formal center, sharing doctors and research projects in their respective locations.

The center will be led by Beetham Medical Director Dr. Lloyd Paul Aiello, grandson of William P. Beetham, for whom the Joslin institute is named, and a third-generation Joslin ophthalmologist (“I tell my kids they can be any type of eye doctor they want to be,’’ he joked).


The partnership will give patients in both organizations “ready access’’ to experts, Aiello said. The groups also have invested together in technology upgrades, including interactive tables for waiting rooms and iPads to be used for educating patients during doctor visits.

“Mass. Eye and Ear and Joslin’s Beetham Eye Institute have had a long-time collaboration as part of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Ophthalmology,’’ Dr. Joan W. Miller, chief of ophthalmology at Mass. Eye and Ear said in a press release. “Combining the expertise and resources of these clinical and academic giants will strengthen this collaboration and advance our shared goal of eradicating eye disease.’’

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