Ed Kuffner, M.D.
Ed is the Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies where he provides medical and safety oversight and leads the Safety Council for the Consumer sector, is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Office of the Chief Medical Officer Senior Leadership team and is a member of the Consumer R&D Leadership Team.
Previously, Ed was Vice President of Global Medical Affairs and Clinical Research at Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies. In this role, he oversaw medical affairs, clinical research, quantitative sciences and toxicology activities for all therapeutic areas and all regions across the Consumer Group.
Ed joined McNeil Consumer Healthcare in 2006 as the Medical Affairs lead for TYLENOL™ and over the years took on additional responsibilities across the Consumer group globally. He has been a member of the McNeil/US OTC Management Board and the EMEA Executive Leadership Team while spending 2 years in Zug Switzerland as the VP of Regulatory Affairs for EMEA.
He commonly provides medical perspective and represents the company during interactions with external stakeholders including regulatory authorities, public health agencies, healthcare professional and consumer organizations and the media.
As a medical toxicologist, one of Ed’s primary areas of interest is patient safety. He enjoys working with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders to tackle complex issues such as preventing medication errors, decreasing the number and impact of accidental unsupervised ingestions and preventing overdose. He has been a consistent champion of using data and research to advance our collective understanding of issues and fostering teamwork, trust, and shared accountability to enhance patient and consumer safety and improve public health.
Ed received his B.A degree in German Language and Literature from Binghamton State University of New York and his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center where he also was Chief Resident of Emergency Medicine. He completed a medical toxicology fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, Colorado. Ed is board certified in both emergency medicine and medical toxicology.
Prior joining J&J, Ed spent 10 years working in Colorado as an emergency physician and medical toxicologist. While in Colorado he held academic teaching positions at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Denver Health Medical Center. He was the Assistant Director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and was a Medical Director of an emergency department.
Ed has authored numerous publications, including many involving acetaminophen.