Francine Kaufman, MD

Attending Physician
Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Communications, Keck School of Medicine of USC


Medical School

Chicago Medical School (UHS)


Children's Hospital Los Angeles: Pediatrics Internship


Children's Hospital Los Angeles: Pediatric Residency


Children's Hospital Los Angeles: Pediatric Endocrinology



Pediatrics: American Board of Pediatrics; Pediatric Endocrinology: American Board of Pediatrics


Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences

Medical Awards

Medical School Pediatric Award, 1976; Valedictorian, Medical School Class, 1976; Alpha Omega Alpha Society, 1975; Board of Trustees Scholastic Achievement Award, 1977; CHLA Frances Nunnally Winzer Award For Residents, 1977; Phillip E. Rothman Faculty Teaching Award CHLA Morris and Mary Press Humanism Award CHLA, 1983; American Diabetes Association, California Affiliate, Youth Services Award for Outstanding Contribution to Youth with Diabetes, 1988; American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles Chapter, Annette Shapiro Volunteer of the Year Award, 1989; American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles Chapter, Outstanding Leadership Award, 1990; American Diabetes Association, LA Chapter, President's Award, 1994; American Diabetes Association California Affiliate, Advocacy Award, 1997; American Diabetes Association California Affiliate, Service Award, 1997; Jewish Federation of LA Women's Division, Recipient Professional Women's Award, 1998; Hadassah Southern California, Women of Distinction Award, 1999; Distinguished Alumnus, Chicago Medical School, 2000; Leon Mow Visiting Professor, International Diabetes Institute, Melbourne Australia, 2001; American Diabetes Association, Outstanding Community Service in Reaching People Award, 2002; Chair, LA County Task Force on Children and Youth Physical Fitness, 2002; Delegate to the 55th WHO Assembly, Geneva, 2001; Medical Expert for LA Unified School District on the Banning of Soda Sales in School, 2002; California Delegate to the Healthy School Summit, Washington, DC, 2002; Recipient of Commendation from the California State Senate for the Soda Ban in LA Unified, 2002; Delegate to the California State Task Force on Youth Fitness, 2001; Recipient of The Woman of Valor Award from the American Diabetes Association and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles 2003; Entered in the Congressional Record of the 108th Congress for Service in the Field of Diabetes,2003; National American Diabetes Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diabetes in Youth,1994; Recipient of the American Diabetes Association Banting Medal for Service, 2003; Recipient of the Albert Renold Award from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, 2003; Member of the Coordinated School Health Program Task Force for Los Angeles Unified School District, 2002



Dr. Kaufman is the author of Diabesity (Bantam Dell/Random House), a book that takes us to the front lines of the fight against this preventable, but deadly disease and offers an action plan for winning this critical battle. Diabesity was published on March 1, 2005, to critical acclaim. Cable News Network's Wolf Blitzer has said of the book: Incredibly important - Francine Kaufman will save lives. James R. Gavin, MD, PhD, chair of the National Diabetes Education Program, has said, A compelling combination of medical insight and Fran Kaufman's special passion for ways to prevent this devastating epidemic. Kelly D. Brownell, PhD, author of Food Fight and Director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders, has said, A gemi-coupling insightful analysis with creative recommendations for what might be done.


Research Summary

Type I Diabetes, Galactosemia and Bone Mineral Metabolism