Head of Penn Medicine to step down in 2011

Arthur H. Rubenstein, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and head of the Penn health system, plans to retire in June 30, 2011, it was announced today.

Rubenstein, 72, took the helm of Penn Medicine in September of 2001. He had previously been dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and before that he spent 30 years at the University of Chicago.

Rubinstein plans to stay at Penn and teach. Rubenstein informed the faculty and staff of Penn Medicine today of his intention to step down. He said that while his retirement was 15 months away, it is “important to allow adequate time for a national search for the next leader of Penn Medicine.”

During his tenure, he said, “I have had the privilege to see many incredible achievements of the kind that can only be found at the very best institutions.”

“It has been my honor to lead Penn Medicine,” Rubenstein said.