About Us



Rita R. Kalyani, MD, MHS

Michael W. Quartuccio, MD

Samantha S. Ottone, AA

Thomas N. Mitchell, BA

Jennifer E. Fairman, MA, CMI, FAMI

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Rita Rastogi Kalyani, MD, MHS


Dr. Rita Kalyani is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and completed her medical degree, residency, and fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Kalyani is an active clinician and sees patients regularly in the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Diabetes Center. She directs the Diabetes Management Service for Johns Hopkins’ Total Pancreatectomy Islet Auto Transplant Program. Dr. Kalyani is NIH funded for her research on diabetes and aging. She is Chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Professional Practice Committee, which oversees the organization’s clinical practice guidelines and is responsible for the annual position statement: “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes”. Dr. Kalyani is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is also the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes POC-IT Guide for health care professionals.  Dr. Kalyani is actively involved in public education and diabetes awareness efforts including appearances on The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Diane Rehm Show, and NPR . She was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2017.

Why is this website important?

“Diabetes is a chronic illness that relies heavily on the ability of the patient to self-manage their disease. The content on this website emphasizes the most important facts that we, as health care providers, would want any patient to know. The wide breadth of topics and easy accessibility of the content has the goal of empowering individuals with the critical knowledge they need to confidently self-manage their disease, while facilitating optimal management with their health care team, to live a long, healthy life with diabetes.”

Michael W. Quartuccio, MD

Managing Editor

Dr. Michael Quartuccio is currently a Clinical and Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and philosophy at the University of Scranton, followed by medical school at Jefferson Medical College. After that, Dr. Quartuccio completed a residency in Internal Medicine and chief resident year at the University of Maryland Medical Center before coming to Johns Hopkins. He is currently the Christopher D. Saudek Fellow in Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism. His research projects focus on health literacy in patients with diabetes, patient education efforts in diabetes, and post-pancreatectomy diabetes.

What makes this site different or unique?

“This is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand, and advertisement-free site that centers around supplying trustworthy information to those without a medical background. I believe that the more information everyone has, the better they can care for themselves and others.”

Samantha S. Ottone, AA


Samantha is currently the Medical Training Coordinator and Medical Office Supervisor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism.  She has been with the division since 2010, starting as an Administrative Secretary. She is a native of the Baltimore area, where she was born and raised.  She obtained an Associate of Arts degree at CCBC.

Who is the intended audience?

“This site will be important to patients with any type of diabetes and others that help with providing care.  The reliable information provided will be important to everyone, including family and friends. The language of the site is easy to understand and that is extremely important.”

Thomas N. Mitchell, BA


Tom received a BA in Philosophy and Theology from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in Westminster, MD, and did some post-graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University. He joined the Wilmer Eye Institute’s Johns Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Diseases in 1981. In 2004, he moved over to the Department of Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism as a Regulatory Documents Specialist for the Division’s Clinical Trials Unit. He served as the Administrator of the Johns Hopkins Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and has worked on several other diabetes projects, including the Trinidad and Tobago Health Sciences Initiative (TTHSI) Diabetes Outreach Programme, a joint project of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

Why is this site needed?

“Diabetes is a growing epidemic. It can be quite scary to be told you have diabetes, or that a loved one has diabetes. There needs to be a safe place to go to get reliable information from international experts that everyone can easily understand, trust, and use.”

Jennifer E. Fairman, MA, CMI, FAMI

Website Designer and Developer
Certified Medical Illustrator

Jeni holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine where she previously received her Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration. Her background includes experience in medical and scientific illustration for publication and patient education, 2D animation, web publishing and interactive and graphic design. Jennifer is a professional member and served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She served as a scientific illustrator and research associate in entomology for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. She is also a professional member of the GNSI, The Illustrators Club of Washington, DC, and has served for 4 terms as a Board Member and is currently an advisor to the Vesalius Trust. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work including Awards of Merit and Excellence from the AMI, a Smithsonian Women’s Committee Grant, a James Smithson Society Fellowship, and a Vesalius Trust Research Grant. Ms. Fairman is also the 1999 recipient of the Inez Demonet Award. She was recently inducted as a Fellow of the AMI and received it’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

What is the vision of the website?

“Patient education is one of the hallmarks of the medical illustrator. This website will serve as a comprehensive educational guide to patients and their families looking to find a resource that can help give them understanding and comfort as they seek answers to their questions about diabetes.”

The Frannie Foundation

This website was made possible through the generous philanthropic support of the The Frannie Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the lives of individuals who have diabetes and other cardiovascular-related diseases. More information about this non-profit organization may be found at: www.thefranniefoundation.org.

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