Dr. Sheldon Rovin, an emeritus professor in both the Wharton School and the School of Dental Medicine, passed away July 11, 2009, from cancer. He was 76.
Dr. Rovin came to the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He was a professor emeritus of health care systems at Wharton and former director of Health Care Management Programs at Wharton Executive Education and of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He was also professor emeritus and former chair of the department of dental care systems in the School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Rovinís publications include numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as several books. His book, titled Managing Hospitals: Lessons from the Johnson & Johnson-Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives (1991), was selected as the 1992 Book of the Year by The Journal of Nursing Administration. Dr. Rovinís principal consulting and research interests targeted the application of systems thinking, idealized design, interactive planning, and creative thinking in healthcare organizations.
Prior to joining Penn, Dr. Rovin was dean of the University of Washington College of Dentistry from 1973 to 1977. He had also held appointments at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine, respectively.
Dr. Rovin continued to consult and write after his retirement in 2000.
A native of Detroit, Dr. Rovin earned his DDS and MS degrees from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Rovin is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Suzan and Lisa; a son, David; and two sisters.