May 15, 2001
Volume 47
Number 34


Robert Martin

Dr. Robert D. Martin, currently the interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer of the UPHS, has been appointed CEO position on a permanent basis, President Judith Rodin announced last Friday. The appointment is effective immediately. Since becoming interim CEO last July, "Dr. Martin has not only been leading the financial turnaround of the Health System, but he has been making invaluable contributions as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for more than two years. For the first half of FY01, the Health System has an operating profit of $18.5 million, and there are promising indications that UPHS will finish the fiscal year strongly. His appointment as CEO is a recognition of his stewardship during these demanding times," President Rodin said.

Dr. Martin joined the Health System in August of 1997 as executive director of Clinical Care Associates, Penn's primary-care network. Before coming to UPHS, he was chief administrative officer and treasurer to the board of governors at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. There, he developed a 10-year business plan addressing hospital strategy, managed-care strategy, primary-care strategy, and management development. From 1989 to 1995, he served as senior vice president for finance and administration and CFO for Scottsdale Memorial Health Systems.

A graduate of the University of North Texas, Dr. Martin holds master's and doctoral degrees in economics and finance from Southern Methodist University.

As President Rodin announced on February 16, the University is following the recommendation of a special committee of trustees and senior medical faculty to establish a new not-for-profit entity that will incorporate the health-services component of UPHS (Almanac February 20). This process may take as long as a year. When the new entity is operational, Dr. Martin's appointment will be submitted to the trustees of the new entity for reaffirmation.

VP Public Safety:

Maureen Rush


Maureen Rush, who has been Chief of Police of the Penn Police Department for the past five years, became the new Vice President for Public Safety last Tuesday, President Judith Rodin and EVP John Fry announced . Ms. Rush has been serving in that position in an interim capacity since last October.

"It is a tribute to Maureen's outstanding leadership and demonstrated ability that after conducting an exhaustive nationwide search and identifying many wonderful candidates, we concluded that we had the best possible person already on board. We place enormous importance on safety and security at Penn and we have tremendous confidence in Maureen's ability to continue to lead the Division forward," said President Rodin.

"Maureen has been a dedicated member of the Division of Public Safety for the past seven years, and has played a key role in the Division's continuing growth and evolution into one of the premier campus law enforcement agencies in the nation. She has an extensive knowledge of urban law enforcement issues and the interaction between the campus and the community, as well as a proven commitment to the University. She has also developed excellent relationships with local law enforcement agencies, most importantly with the Philadelphia Police Department. We are fortunate to have someone with Maureen's depth and breadth of experience available to assume this critical position," said Mr. Fry.

During the past several years, the Division of Public Safety has developed into a model campus law enforcement agency, continually meeting the challenges faced by an urban university, and continuing to strengthen its relationships with the community and with the city. Most recently, the Division was awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), thereby becoming the first nationally accredited campus police agency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Rush joined the Division of Public Safety in 1994 as Director of Special Services and was named Chief of Police in 1996. Prior to joining the University, she had a distinguished career with the Philadelphia Police Department. Ms. Rush will receive an M.S. from SAS this month and received a B.S. in organizational management from Eastern College.

NASA Chief: Paul Wolpe

Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, assistant professor of psychiatry and assistant professor of sociology as well as a fellow at the Center for Bioethics at the School of Medicine, has been named the first Chief of Bioethics and Human Subject Protection for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Dr. Wolpe's appointment is the first of its kind at NASA. As founder of NASA's Bioethics Office he will contribute to the formulation of policies and procedures that will help oversee NASA's clinical and research work. "The goal is to hold NASA to the highest ethical standards while keeping in mind the inherent risks of space travel," he said. He will spend forty percent of his time on this assignment--either at the administrative headquarters in D.C. or in the research centers in Houston. He will serve as functional manager to ensure that research on human and animal subjects is conducted safely, humanely and in accordance with high ethical standards; as well as to plan, direct and promulgate policy and programs in the field of bioethics. Dr. Wolpe's assignment entails providing key scientific advice and expertise for monitoring compliance with all relevant regulatory and statutory requirements; planning, organizing and integrating NASA's Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC); external ethical reviews and developing standards and guidelines tailored to unique programmatic research requirements; and crafting an international bioethics policy for all countries involved in collaborative space exploration.

"Space travel is a unique human endeavor that poses unique ethical challenges," says Dr. Wolpe. He will represent NASA on interagency working groups for the protection of patients, human subjects and welfare of animals used in research. He is also beginning collaboration on an international bioethics policy code for space research with America's space partners--Russia, the European Union, Japan and Canada. "Though an agreement currently does exist between our space partners, it is fragmented and subjective; therefore, it needs to be formalized," he said.

Dr. Richard Williams, Acting Chief Health and Medical Officer for NASA, said, "As Chief of Bioethics, his extensive experience will be invaluable as NASA meets its commitment to our research, technology development, and health care adhering to the highest bioethical principles."

Wharton Teaching Awards

The winners of the David W. Hauck Award for Outstanding Teaching are Dr. Robert A. Stine and Dr. Andrew Metrick. Dr. Thomas Donaldson received the Marc & Sheri Rapaport Core Teaching Award and Dr. Robert P. Inman received the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award. (Click HERE for more winners)

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 34, May 15, 2001