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.
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