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, 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."