About Us



Rita R. Kalyani, MD MHS FACP

Sudipa Sarkar, MD MSCI

Thomas N. Mitchell

Jennifer E. Fairman, MA MPS CMI FAMI


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Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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. Dr. Kalyani’s research focuses on diabetes and aging, particularly accelerated muscle loss and disability in older adults with diabetes. She is a past Chair of the American Diabetes Association’s Professional Practice Committee, responsible for the annual clinical guidelines position statement ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, and has been appointed to committees for the Endocrine Society, American College of Physicians, and American College of Cardiology. She is also a voting member of the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Kalyani is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes POC-IT Guide for health care professionals. She is also coauthor of the book, Diabetes Head to Toe: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, and Living With Diabetes, for patients. She was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 2017.

Why a Diabetes-focused Website?

“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.”

Sudipa Sarkar, MD MSCI

Managing Editor

Sudipa Sarkar, MD, MSCI is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She completed her undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University, obtained her medical degree and finished an internal medicine residency at the Yale School of Medicine, and completed a clinical fellowship in endocrinology and a master’s degree in science in clinical investigation at Vanderbilt.  She has a research interest in cardiometabolic diseases that affect people living with HIV.

Why is this website important?

“The way we manage diabetes focuses on empowering patients with the knowledge and skills they need to self-manage diabetes after they leave our office. This website provides accurate information and helpful tools and tips on how to manage the day-to-day aspects of diabetes and improve quality of life.”

Thomas N. Mitchell


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 MPS CMI FAMI

Creative Director and Developer
Certified Medical Illustrator

Jeni holds a faculty appointment as an Associate 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 interactivity 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.”

Past Team Members

Samantha S. Ottone, AA

Administrator, 2015-2016

Michael Quartuccio, MD

Managing Editor, 2015-2017


Managing Editor, 2017-2019

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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