About Francine Kaufman

Francine Kaufman, M.D, is Chief Medical Officer and VP of Global Clinical, Medical and Health Affairs at Medtronic Diabetes and a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Kaufman has published more than 240 scientific manuscripts and 40 books or book chapters. Her novel, Rhythms, was published in 2015. She was an NIH-funded investigator throughout her career and past-president of the American Diabetes Association

Dr. Kaufman has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors worldwide in the field of diabetes and was recognized by the California State Senate for her work in banning sodas in LA Unified School District (2004) and appointed by Congress as a Local Legend with the American Woman’s Medical Association. She was recognized by Los Angeles City Council for her work in health promotion and was an advisor to Governor Schwarenegger and Maria Shriver on the California Initiative on Health, Fitness and Obesity.

With her husband Neal Kaufman, MD, MPH, she established a camp for children with diabetes in Haiti and an annual national diabetes education program in 2010, after the devastating earthquake. Prior to that, both Drs. Kaufman were medical directors at diabetes camps in Ecuador and Southern California, and have been involved in numerous international medical teaching programs. Among her latest projects, she is at work on a book about the changing paradigms of grandmotherhood to help today’s grandmothers maximize this great last role of their lives.