Francine R. Kaufman
Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Global Medical, Clinical and Health Affairs at Medtronic Diabetes

Francine R. Kaufman
Francine R. Kaufman, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Global Medical, Clinical and Health Affairs at Medtronic Diabetes and a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.

She is an attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she served as Director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center, and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism from 2001-2009.  Her research focus has been childhood diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic disorders, and she has authored over 260 peer-reviewed and invited articles, and numerous books and book chapters, including Diabesity (Bantam, 2005), The Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2008), The Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring Book: For Patients, Parents and Caregivers (American Diabetes Association, 2017) and Rhythms (a novel) (CKI Publisher, 2015).

Dr. Kaufman was national president of the American Diabetes Association from 2002-2003. She was President of Shaping America’s Health, Chair of the National Diabetes Education Program, and she served as Chair of the Youth Consultative Section of the International Diabetes Federation. In 2007, she was Co-Chair of the Diabetes Work Group for the Department of Health Services of the State of California to recommend diabetes treatment and prevention strategies for the Medicaid population. In 2005, she was elected membership in the National Association of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). In 2009, she served on the Advisory Council of the Diabetes Branch of the National Institute of Health (NIH). In 2003, she co-led the effort to ban soda sales in LA Unified School District, and has been the medical director of diabetes camps in Southern California, Ecuador and Haiti.