Penn Medical School Dean Leaves Big Legacy


June 27, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Business Journal commemorate the dedication and service that Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, has given over the past decade as Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine. During his tenure, Dean Rubenstein presided over a turnaround in the health system's once-dire financial status, maintained the medical school's top-tier status in research, erected buildings, and boosted the school's ranking among the best places to learn to be a doctor. But he will be remembered most by many faculty and staff for his warm demeanor and the patient-centered culture he created at Penn Medicine. Dean Rubenstein will remain with Penn as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. The Philadelphia Inquirer article states “Now that Rubenstein is going back to teaching full time, it is not hard to predict one of the lessons that he will impart to the next generation of physicians. In his commencement address last month to medical school graduates, the Dean listed numerous qualities that are thought to be important for doctors in dealing with their patients. But one, he said, stands above all: ‘I am convinced that humility is the essential characteristic.’” Read More