Christopher P. Kops, CPA, Named Vice Dean for Administration and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

(Philadelphia, PA) – Christopher P. Kops, CPA, has been appointed Vice Dean for Administration and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Kops has served as the School’s Interim Vice Dean since February 2004.

Kops joined the staff of Penn’s School of Medicine in July 1998 as Executive Director of Finance, successfully leading the evolution of its finance function. Since his arrival, Kops has worked closely with both the academic and administrative leadership to integrate the School’s financial administration with its educational, research and other administrative functions.

“Chris has served the School of Medicine ably since joining its staff,” said Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine. “His understanding the complexities of academic medicine, coupled with his active participation in our planning process, has prepared Chris to undertake the broader responsibilities of this senior leadership position.”

As Vice Dean, Kops reports to the Executive Vice President of the University for the Health System/Dean of the School of Medicine, acting as key advisor in all areas involving the medical school’s administration and finance. In his role as Vice Dean, he is responsible for planning and implementing the administrative, financial and physical support systems that are essential to the School’s academic missions of education and research. Additionally, he has direct responsibility for the financial operations of the Medical School, and will work in conjunction with the Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Health System.

Prior to his arrival at Penn’s School of Medicine, Kops was a partner in the Healthcare Legislative and Regulatory Group at Coopers & Lybrand, L.L.P (now Price Waterhouse Coopers). In that capacity, he was responsible for providing regulatory consulting and auditing services to the firm’s healthcare clients.

Kops received his Bachelor’s Degree from Drexel University and a Master’s Degree from LaSalle University, both in Business Administration. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is licensed to practice in the State of Pennsylvania. He is an Advanced Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter.

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PENN Medicine is a $2.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System (created in 1993 as the nation’s first integrated academic health system).

Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

Penn Health System consists of four hospitals (including its flagship Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report), a faculty practice plan, a primary-care provider network, three multispecialty satellite facilities, and home health care and hospice.

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $7.8 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $405 million awarded in the 2017 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — which are recognized as one of the nation’s top “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report — Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Medicine Princeton Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital – the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, a leading provider of highly skilled and compassionate behavioral healthcare.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2017, Penn Medicine provided $500 million to benefit our community.

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