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Ed Kuffner



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Ed Kuffner

Chief Medical Officer Consumer Heathcare

J&J Consumer Products US

Why I'm a JPAL

Globally, patients, consumers, healthcare providers and health systems have numerous unmet medical needs. Helping companies innovate and bring new technologies and solutions into the healthcare ecosystem is a way to enhance public health.


Dr. Kuffner is the Chief Medical Officer for Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Health sector. He leads a global team of medical and safety professionals (e.g. doctors, nurses, pharmacists, PhDs) whose focus, independent of business or other objectives, is patient and consumer safety. He is a member of the J&J Office of Chief Medical Officer (OCMO), leads the Office of Consumer Medical Safety (OCMS), is part of the Consumer Heath R&D Leadership team and the J&J Bioethics Committee. Ed and safety teams partner with R&D and other groups to embed safety into the entire product lifecycle, from the beginnings of new product development to monitoring and enhancing the safety of marketed medicines, cosmetics, devices and other healthcare products. He is a champion of research and using data and new technologies to advance our collective understanding of safety topics to help shape product attributes and labeling, new legislation and foster trust, teamwork, and shared accountability in enhancing public health.
In his career leading global teams (e.g. medical affairs, clinical research, toxicology, regulatory and safety), he has always enjoyed working with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders (e.g. health care professionals, professional & consumer organizations, regulators, public health agencies, other companies) to tackle complex public health issues. He leads and participates in numerous initiatives aimed at preventing avoidable harm such as medication errors, accidental unsupervised ingestions, misuse, abuse and overdose. Ed is passionate about learning, teaching and helping others grow, develop and succeed. Dr. Kuffner received his B.A degree in German Language and Literature from the State University of New York and his M.D. from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He trained in Emergency Medicine at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center where he was a Chief Resident. He completed a medical toxicology fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, Colorado. He is board certified in both emergency medicine and medical toxicology. Prior to joining J&J, Ed spent 10 years working in Colorado as an emergency physician and medical toxicologist. He’s held academic teaching positions at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Denver Health, was the Assistant Director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and was a Medical Director of an emergency department. Dr. Kuffner has authored numerous publications, including many involving acetaminophen.


"There are few things more motivating than when someone says: It can't be done."

Fun fact:

I've been to the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm.