Conference Speaker Profile - Sheldon Rovin  
Sheldon Rovin

Biography: Sheldon is Emeritus Professor of Healthcare Systems at the Wharton School of Business and past Director of Healthcare Executive Management Programs at Wharton Executive Education and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.  He is Emeritus Professor and past chair of the Dept. of Dental Care Systems, School of Dental Medicine.  All of these positions are at the University of Pennsylvania.  Among the programs he directed at the Wharton School are the Johnson & Johnson-Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives, the SmithKline Beecham Executive Management Program for Directors of Hospital Pharmacy, the Wyeth Ayerst-Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Program in Management, and the Wyeth Ayerst–APM Executive Management program for Chairs of Medicine.  Shel’s publications include over ninety journal articles and book chapters, and nine books.  His latest three books are Medicine and Business: Bridging the Gap (2001) published by Aspen Publishers; Redesigning Society (2003) written with Russell Ackoff and published by Stanford University Press; and, Beating the System: Using Creativity to Outsmart Bureaucracies, written with Russell Ackoff, was published by Berrett-Koehler in July, 2005. An earlier book entitled Managing Hospitals: Lessons from the Johnson & Johnson-Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives (1991), won the Journal of Nursing Administration’s 1992 Management Book of the Year Award.  Shel’s principal consulting interests are the application of systems thinking, idealized design, interactive planning and creative thinking to the design, management and leadership of organizations. He has won several teaching awards. He was the Dean of the University of Washington, College of Dentistry from 1973 to 1977.  Prior to this he was professor and chair of the Department of Oral Pathology and professor of General Pathology at the University of Kentucky Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine, respectively.  Shel is a diplomat of the American Board of Oral Pathology and holds DDS and MS degrees from the University of Michigan.

Presentation Title:
In2:InThinking Networking Session

Abstract: Beginning with our third Forum in 2004, we’ve dedicated formal time on Saturday afternoon to allow attendees to think and learn together in an exercise led by a past Forum presenter, on a topic of his or her choice. This year, we have invited last year’s Closing Keynote speaker, Shel Rovin, to lead what promises to be a mindful session.



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