Francine R. Kaufman, MD


Francine R. Kaufman, M.D. serves as Chair of the Leadership Council’s Science Advisory Committee. Kaufman is the Chief Medical Officer of Senseonics, Inc. She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. She is an attending physician at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she served as Director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center, and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Previously, she was the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Global Regulatory, Clinical and Medical Affairs at Medtronic Diabetes from 2009-2019. She has authored over 260 peer-reviewed and invited articles, and numerous books and book chapters, including Diabesity (Bantam, 2005), The Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2008), The Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring Book: For Patients, Parents and Caregivers (American Diabetes Association, 2017) and Rhythms (a novel) (CKI Publisher, 2015). She was funded by the National Institutes of Health for 3 decades and elected membership in the National Association of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Science. Dr. Kaufman was national president of the American Diabetes Association from 2002-2003. She 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. In 2009, she received a Telly and CINE for starring in and authoring the Discovery Health Documentary, Diabetes: The Global Epidemic. She has been the medical director of diabetes camps in Southern California, Ecuador and Haiti for over 30 years.