Francine Ratner 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 and Communications at University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. From 2001-2009, she was Head of the Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In 2012, she authored the Insulin Pump and Glucose Sensor Book and the Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes for the American Diabetes Association. In 2005 her book, Diabesity, was published by Bantam. 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 NIH. She has authored 165 peer-reviewed and 90 invited articles, and 40 book chapters. She is the inventor of ExtendProducts, a patented, evidence-based, low-glycemic formula designed to help stabilize glucose levels.
Dr. Kaufman was national president of the American Diabetes Association in 2002-03. She is a member of the AOA Medical Honorary Society. She was president of Shaping America’s Health, chair of the National Diabetes Education Program, a joint effort of the NIH and CDC, 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 Institute of Medicine. In 2007, Dr. Kaufman filmed a documentary for Discovery Health on the global diabetes epidemic which was aired around the world on World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2007. In 2009, she was elected to membership in the Advisory Council of the Diabetes Branch of the NIH. She was instrumental in banning sodas from Los Angeles Unified School District in 2003. In 2011, she established a camp for children with diabetes in Haiti, where she conducts an annual national diabetes education program.