Cardiac Care for Patients with Diabetes

Helping patients with diabetes protect their heart health.


The Diabetic Heart Disease Program is a joint initiative of BIDMC and Joslin Diabetes Center, and offers a full range of cardiac evaluation, testing and treatment services. Participants in the program have access to state-of-the-art testing and the most sophisticated treatment options available.

A specially trained multidisciplinary team is available for consultation with referring physicians about medications, non-invasive and invasive testing procedures, glucose control, and other issues related to the heart and vascular health of patients with diabetes.

Early Diagnosis and Prevention

BIDMC and Joslin have created an advanced diabetes and cardiovascular disease program and an algorithm for early diagnosis and prevention of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular complications of diabetes. Specialists in the program consult with referring physicians about medications and glucose control, lipid management, and cardiac evaluations. Our multidisciplinary team includes BIDMC cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and vascular surgeons, Joslin diabetes specialists, pharmacists, and nutritionists.

Almost half of the cardiac surgery patients at BIDMC have diabetes, and the medical center has developed special expertise in the care of this patient population. For example, by emphasizing strict glucose control following bypass surgery, in partnership with Joslin, BIDMC has nearly eliminated chest (mediastinal) infections after cardiac surgery.

Our Advanced Heart Failure team works closely with BIDMC pharmacists to choose medications that improve outcomes in patients with diabetes and heart failure or cardiomyopathy.

Contact Us

Call to schedule an appointment. To refer a patient for lipid management, select “cardiometabolic clinic” in the BIDMC online medical record (OMR).

Call 617-667-8800

Meet the Team

Mark Benson, MD, PhD

General Cardiology; Director of Preventative Cardiology

Donald Cutlip, MD

Vice Chair for Clinical Care in the Community, Department of Medicine

Loryn S. Feinberg, MD

Loryn S. Feinberg, MD

Director, Women's Cardiovascular Program

A. Reshad Garan, MD

A. Reshad Garan, MD

Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program

Michael Gavin, MD, MPH

Michael Gavin, MD, MPH

Director, Cardiac Direct Access Unit, General Cardiology

Eli Gelfand, MD

Eli Gelfand, MD

Section Chief, General Cardiology

Joanna Mitri, MD

Joanna Mitri, MD, MS

Joslin Diabetes Center

Shweta Motiwala, MD

Shweta Motiwala, MD

Associate Medical Director, Cardiac Direct Access Unit; General Cardiology; Advanced Heart Failure

Marwa Sabe, MD, MPH

Marwa Sabe, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Advanced Heart Failure Program

Sonia Kothari, PharmD

Sonia Kothari, PharmD, BCCP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Advanced Heart Failure

Katelyn Smith, PharmD

Katelyn Smith, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Cardiology

Paige Conti, LDN

Paige Conti, RDN, LDN

Dietician