Chief Medical Officer
Francine Ratner Kaufman, M.D. has had a 30 year distinguished career in diabetes care, research and advocacy. In 2009, she stepped down as director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center, and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to become Chief Medical Officer and VP of Global Clinical, Medical and Health affairs at Medtronic Diabetes (Northridge, CA).
Dr. Kaufman is also a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications of the University of Southern California, and an attending physician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
Dr. Kaufman has published more than 200 peer-reviewed and invited publications. She is the author of more than 30 books or book chapters. In 2008, she edited the 5th edition of the ADA’s the Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes. In 2005 her book, Diabesity, was published by Bantam. Diabesity explores the ravages of the obesity and diabetes epidemics as they spread across the globe. Dr. Kaufman was chair of the National Institutes of Health funded Studies to Treat (the TODAY Trial) and Prevent (the HEALTHY Trial) Type 2 Diabetes in Youth (STOPP-T2). She was a principal investigator of TrialNet, a multinational consortium evaluating ways to prevent type 1 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has received many awards and honors, including the LA City Council for promoting youth physical fitness (2004), from the State of California for her role in banning sodas from Los Angeles Unified School District (2003), and from the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), Partners in Care, Starbright Foundation, amongst others.
In 2009, Dr. Kaufman was elected to membership in the Advisory Council of the Diabetes Branch of the NIH. In 2007, she filmed a documentary for Discovery Health on the global diabetes epidemic which was aired around the world on World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2007. Also in 2007, Dr. Kaufman 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 Institute of Medicine. Dr. Kaufman was national president of the American Diabetes Association in 2002-03. She was elected to AOA Medical Honorary Society. She was also president of Shaping America’s Health, chair of the National Diabetes Education Program, and served as chair of the Youth Consultative Section of the International Diabetes Federation.
After 10 years of serving patients as chief medical officer for the Diabetes Group at Medtronic, last week I announced that I am retiring from the company at the end of the calendar year. This was truly a bittersweet decision for me. It has been an absolute privilege to be part of the team that […]Read More »
Almost seven years ago, I became the Chief Medical Officer at Medtronic Diabetes to work with the teams developing the closed loop system. I knew that it was the right time for this advancement in diabetes technology and I wanted to be part of it despite knowing there would be challenges on many fronts. But […]Read More »
At Medtronic, a significant investment in clinical research is a key part of how we help people with diabetes enjoy greater freedom and better health. It’s what allows us to evaluate the effectiveness of new technologies or existing technologies for new groups of people. And, in addition to helping health care providers decide what therapies […]Read More »
Our 6th annual trip to Haiti has begun, and we are at our 5th camp for children with diabetes. We are in a new venue for camp – a girl’s primary school with old chalk boards, desks (we barely fit), and sun, heat and bugs (there are mainly flies, fleas and nits/gnats, not the feared […]Read More »
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As many of you know, this is a holiday recognized globally to celebrate the Irish culture. Festivities might include vibrant cultural festivals, wearing shamrocks and the color green, or drinking green beer. Speaking of alcohol, watch my video with a few tips on how it affects people with diabetes: For a […]Read More »
A couple days ago, Dr. Kaufman shared her initial thoughts as she arrived to Haiti for the fourth time with her husband, Neal, to help out the first ever diabetes camp for the third year.Today, Dr. Kaufman reflects on her four-day journey helping to improve diabetes care and outcomes for children in Haiti.Read More »
For the third year in a row, Dr. Kaufman and her husband, Neal, returned to Haiti for their fourth time to provide aid to the country's first ever diabetes camp, determined to bring better diabetes care and outcomes for Haitian children. In the first entry of this two-part series, Dr. Kaufman shares her initial feelings and experience as she and Neal arrive to Haiti and the new camp site.Read More »
Editor's Note: Today, Dr. Kaufman shares her closing thoughts on her experiences from her most recent trip to Haiti, where she helped with their second-ever diabetes camp. If you're just now joining us for her story on this years trip, please be sure to check out Haiti 2013: Diabetes Management and the Magic of Laughing Children.Read More »
Editor's Note: Last year, we shared with you a three-part-series from Dr. Francine Kaufman about her experiences visiting Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and helping with their first-ever diabetes camp (Return to Haiti Part 1, Return to Haiti Part 2, Return to Haiti Part 3. This year, Dr. Kaufman and her husband - Dr. Neal Kaufman - returned to Haiti to help children with diabetes without aid.Read More »
Kazakhstan is one of the best kept secrets in the world. If you think it is what was portrayed a few years ago in a rather irreverent movie, you are totally wrong. It is a vast country stretching across the Silk Road from Iran to China with a diverse ethnic/racial population and incredible resources - oil, gas and minerals - that have enabled the government to advance education, housing, industry and health for its people.Read More »
Editor's note: We were excited to hear that our very own Dr. Kaufman worked with the American Diabetes Association on a new book, "Insulin Pumps and Continuous Glucose Monitoring: A User's Guide to Effective Diabetes Management." We will be giving away 10 copies of the book by random drawing - to enter, please send us a comment below and tell us what diabetes management tip you would like to share.Read More »
Editor's Note: Today Dr. Kaufman shares her closing thoughts on her experiences from her most recent trip to Haiti, where she helped with the first-ever diabetes camp in Haiti. If you're just now joining us for her story, please be sure to check out Return to Haiti: Part 1. and Return to Haiti: Part 2.Read More »
Friday night we left the camp at dusk - it is not safe to travel much after dark - just after the kids rambled off the bus and got settled in camp. It is located up in the mountains, where the well-off live. Anxious to get back, we got up early Saturday morning and headed back up the mountain. Heading up this mountain in Haiti was like swimming against the current, broken down vehicles, chaos in the streets, pot holes as big as cars, and animals running free - mainly dogs and goats.Read More »
We have been in Haiti for three days - but it seems like a life time. When we arrived in the airport, it was chaos, and finding our host - Phillipe Larco, MD (an epidemiologist, and the husband of Nancy Larco, MD - the endocrinologist who runs FHADIMAC, the Haitian Diabetes Association and who we came to work with) - was an arduous task being jostled and harangued by a throng of Haitian men trying to help us so that we would pay them a dollar.Read More »
As I am sure you already know, there are long-term complications associated with diabetes and the goal of effective diabetes management is to prevent these complications from developing. The most common long-term complication is heart disease, also called coronary artery disease and abbreviated as CAD.Read More »
I have been excited to be a part of the STAR 3 clinical trial since becoming the Chief Medical Officer of Medtronic. The 12 month study phase results of Star 3, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that there was a significant reduction in A1C in those study participants using an integrated insulin pump and CGM (SAP) compared to those using multiple daily injections (MDI).Read More »
Here at Medtronic, we get a lot of questions from customers about the lumps and bumps that may appear at injection sites. So, here's a Q&A on what these lumps are, why they occur and how to prevent them.Read More »
Each year I look forward to the time of year during which a lot of the major medical meetings for diabetes take place. It's a time where I can interact with my colleagues and friends and we can share the latest science and technology with the goal of finding the best treatment our patients.Read More »
As an Endocrinologist it's important for me to have as much information as possible when I meet with a patient and their family. That's why CareLink is so important to me in my practice. It gives me more detailed information than blood work or what my patients typically volunteer.Read More »
You may or may not know that, in addition to a long career as a Pediatric Endocrinologist, I also have had a long career as a parent. When my boys were growing up I was very big on what I call "The Weekly Meeting" and on positive reinforcement.Read More »
Editors Note: As some of you may know, throughout her more than 30-year career Dr. Kaufman has worked around the globe to help people with diabetes. That's why, with the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases just around the corner, we asked her to share some of her thoughts on giving back and advocating for the global diabetes community.Read More »
One concern patients sometimes ask about before starting insulin pump therapy is weight gain. A common myth exists that going on a pump causes one to gain weight. While it is just a myth and using an insulin pump does not cause weight gain, many people taking insulin do gain weight. The question is, why?Read More »
Today, the American Diabetes Association and Medtronic together announced that we're offering new research grants for diabetes technology. Essentially, we're accepting applications from medical researchers to study the data from our CareLink? database to learn more about the impact of diabetes management tools on clinical outcomes, compliance and use of diabetes devices ? as well as various factors that affect glycemic control in patients with diabetes.Read More »
Almost two years ago, I left my three-decade long position in academic medicine to come to Medtronic to be part of the effort to develop an artificial pancreas, a fundamental goal for all of us in diabetes research. With all of the work currently underway, Medtronic is committed to bringing innovation and advancement to diabetes therapy.Read More »
A lot of patients ask me if it is safe for them to exercise with diabetes, and my answer is yes. As someone whose desk is a treadmill, I firmly believe that being active is important for everyone. Here are some tips for your workout.Read More »
I recently traveled to Haiti with my husband, and the incredible Evelyne Fleury Milfort, nurse practitioner and diabetes educator at USC. The purpose of our visit was to provide training for health care professionals at all levels concerning the treatment of people with diabetes. Because we want to continue helping the people of Haiti, we need a plan of action, and it is clear that our first step is to share our experience with you.Read More »