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Francine R. Kaufman

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Francine R. Kaufman

Vice President of Global Affairs
Medtronic Diabetes


Francine Kaufman became vice president of global affairs for Medtronic Diabetes in January 2009, after 30 years at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where she was head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and 11 years as a professor of pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine. At Childrens Hospital, where she continues a clinical practice, Dr. Kaufman also directed the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center. She is the author of more than 150 medical articles, as well as a book, "Diabesity: The Obesity‐Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America ‐And What We Must Do to Stop It." She collaborated with Discovery Health on a documentary, "Diabetes: A Global Epidemic," that premiered in November 2007. Dr. Kaufman is past president of the American Diabetes Association and a recipient of the 2003 Woman of Valor award from the American Diabetes Association for her lifetime achievement in pediatric endocrinology and research. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Boulevard MS #61
Los Angeles  California  90027
United States
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(323) 361-4606
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(323) 953-1349


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