Lawrence I. Rand, M.D.
Undergraduate: Columbia College, Bachelor of Arts, 1967
Medical School: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1971
Residency: Massachusettes Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1976
Fellowship: Joslin Clinic, Boston / National Eye Institute, Bethesda, MD, Vitreoretinal Fellowship
Dr. Rand is a board certified Ophthalmologist and specialist in diabetic eye care. He has a special interest in diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, medical retinal diseases and laser surgery of the retina.
Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Rand did a joint fellowship at the Joslin Clinic and the National Eye Institute in Maryland. Dr. Rand's work helped prove that laser surgery was effective in preventing blindness from diabetic retinopathy. He was a principal designer of the national study (ETDRS) that proved laser surgery effective in reducing visual loss from diabetic macular edema.
From 1978 - 1987, Dr. Rand served as Director of Eye Research at the Joslin Diabetes Center and consultant and advisor on diabetic retinopathy to the American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and National Eye Institute. He has over 70 publications in scientific journals and numerous textbook chapters.
From 1987 - 1990, Dr. Rand was Executive Director of the Beetham Eye Institute of the Joslin Diabetes Center. Dr. Rand was Chairman of the Ophthalmic and Complications Committee of the Diabetes Control and Complications trail (DECT), the largest study ever done investigating diabetes management which proved the benefit of diabetes control in preventing diabetes complications. Dr. Rand also serves on the advisory committee to National Institute of Health (NIH) that monitors the EDIC follow-ups to the DECT study. He lectures nationally and internationally on diabetic eye disease.