About Michael

Michael is a Healthcare CEO, Strategist, Entrepreneur and Innovator. Michael began his healthcare career after graduating from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1983.  He also holds an MBA from Belmont University and a Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Michael has a passion for creating an optimal healthcare experience for patients and their familiies. 

Michael is the CEO of Narus Health - a healthcare organization whose care management services and technologies support individuals with serious medical conditions, their families and the medical community engaged in their treatment.

He was the founding President & CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center - an innovation center helping launch new healthcare and technology businesses that has been recognized Nationally as one of the country's leading startup organizations.

Michael served as President of ParadigmHealth from 2000-2007. ParadigmHealth specialized in the management of life-limiting and life-threatening medical events and was sold to Inverness Medical Innovations in December, 2007.

Prior to ParadigmHealth, Michael was President of Theraphysics, a venture-backed, specialty rehabilitation firm he founded in 1992. Theraphysics was acquired by Beverly Enterprises in 1998.

Prior to Theraphysics, Burcham worked for Hospital Corporation of America as Vice President of Managed Care for Centennial Medical Center.

In addition to his work in the healthcare industry, Burcham teaches Healthcare Innovation and Launching New Ventures at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University. Michael most recently served as the Co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.  He is also the Chair of the Global Advisory Board for Entrepreneurship for King Faud University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Michael is a member of the Nashville Capital Network.  Michael is also a strategic advisor and Board Member to a variety of startup firms and venture capital funds involved in healthcare and technology.

Michael is a frequent National speaker on executive leadership, entrepreneurial thinking and healthcare innovation. He resides in Nashville, TN.

    First Graduation

    1966

  1. First Graduation
  2. May 1966 | My first graduation photo - finished Headstart (aka Kindergarten) at Hill's Chapel School in Booneville, MS.

    Boot Camp | US Army

    1979

  1. Boot Camp | US Army
  2. 06.21.79 | Joined the US Army to fund my way to college. Basic Training done at Ft. McClelland, AL. 

    Founder | Theraphysics

    1993

  1. Founder | Theraphysics
  2. 01.11.93 | Founded my first venture-backed company, Theraphysics.  We were a speciality care management business focused on orthopaedics and rehabilitation.

    Theraphysics Team

    1998

  1. Theraphysics Team
  2. Members of my Management Team from Theraphysics | Ruth Gentry, Rhonda Parry, Edwina Temple, Rhonda Allen, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Jay Moore, Ben Dyar. Many other wonderful people too!
    President | ParadigmHealth

    2001

  1. President | ParadigmHealth
  2. 07.09.01 | Became President of Paradigm Health, a care management firm focused on catastrophic injury and disease support for the sickest 1%.

    EU | Brussels

    2002

  1. EU | Brussels
  2. June 2002 | Healthcare Trade Mission to Brussels Belgium with the Nashville Healthcare Council. This photo was from inside the European Union.
    London | Investor Meeting

    2002

  1. London | Investor Meeting
  2. July 2002 | In London meeting with investors for ParadigmHealth. Took the afternoon off to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
    Ryan’s 13th in Maui

    2002

  1. Ryan’s 13th in Maui
  2. July 2002 | For Ryan's 13th Birthday, he and I went to Maui, HI. A week of biking down the mountain, parasailing, surfing, deep sea fishing, luauing, and helicopter rides.
    Most Inspirational Faculty

    2002

  1. Most Inspirational Faculty
  2. 12.2002 | Had the opportunity to return to Belmont University to accept my 4th and final recognition there as the MBA Students' "Most Inspirational Faculty." A bittersweet moment.
    Ryan and Lauren

    2002

  1. Ryan and Lauren
  2. December, 2002 | Wonderful holiday with my two children: Ryan and Lauren. Loved this time of their lives. They are the delight of my life and constantly amaze me.
    Doctoral Degree

    2003

  1. Doctoral Degree
  2. Finished my Doctoral Degree in Health Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina. Had the opportunity to have my parents and my children with me.
    Nantucket | Penrose

    2005

  1. Nantucket | Penrose
  2. July 2005 | Visited my partner from Theraphysics and ParadigmHealth - John Penrose - and his wife Gretchen. What an incredible man, an amazing friend, and a great business mind.
    Zurich Switzerland

    2006

  1. Zurich Switzerland
  2. May 2006 | In Zurich Switzerland for meetings with our investor partners from Zurich North America and our banking partners at UBS.
    Keynote | Wellpoint

    2006

  1. Keynote | Wellpoint
  2. 12.11.06 | Invited to speak at WellPoint's Partner Conference. The Benefit of Strategic Partnerships Between Health Plans & Innovative Private Firms.

    Faculty | Owen Graduate School

    2007

  1. Faculty | Owen Graduate School
  2. 05.14.07 | Joined the faculty of the Owen Graduate School of Business at Vanderbilt University.  It was always my lifelong dream to teach here.

    UBS | Rob DiGia

    2007

  1. UBS | Rob DiGia
  2. December 2007 | With Rob DiGia, Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at UBS. Rob helped us with the process of selling both Theraphysics and ParadigmHealth.
    Closing Dinner | Per Se

    2008

  1. Closing Dinner | Per Se
  2. March, 2008 | After selling ParadigmHealth to Inverness (now known as Alere), we held our "Closing Dinner" at Thomas Keller's Per Se in New York. It was just incredible.
    Strategist | Onlife Health

    2009

  1. Strategist | Onlife Health
  2. 03.02.09 | Began working with BCBS of Tennessee to transform a health and wellness company they had purchased into the brand Onlife Health.

    I Am Music City

    2009

  1. I Am Music City
  2. July 2009 | We launched the "I Am Music City" campaign to build awareness of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Our first presence was a web site with helpful tools for startups
    Scotland | Jack Bovender

    2010

  1. Scotland | Jack Bovender
  2. March 2010 | Healthcare Trade Mission to Scotland with Jack Bovender. Studying healthcare services and population health issues - seeking opportunities for collaboration.
    Petty Driving School

    2010

  1. Petty Driving School
  2. May 2010 | Attended the Richard Petty Driving School in Orlando. Couldn't help myself. Had to feel the rush of driving at top speed around the track.
    Paris

    2010

  1. Paris
  2. May 2010 | In Paris with two dear friends - David Furse and Kimberly Pace. Spent the week soaking up the incredible art and history of the city.
    Accelerator 2010

    2010

  1. Accelerator 2010
  2. June 2010 | My final year of running Accelerator at Vanderbilt. It's been 5 great years! Now time for the next chapter of life at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
    CEO | Nashville EC

    2010

  1. CEO | Nashville EC
  2. While I committed to take the job in May of 2010, I officially became the Founding CEO and President of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center on 07.01.10

    Keynote | Nashville Rotary

    2010

  1. Keynote | Nashville Rotary
  2. 07.19.10 | Keynote for Nashville Rotary: The vision to Make Nashville a Top 5 Destination for Entrepreneurs & Innovators.

    The NEC’s First Home

    2010

  1. The NEC’s First Home
  2. August 2010 | We signed the lease to move the newly formed Nashville Entrepreneur Center into 105 Broadway, Suite 200 in Nashville. This was where the dream would take shape.
    The Trolley Barns

    2010

  1. The Trolley Barns
  2. August 2010 | Our first visit inside the building that would become the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Standing in an abandoned city maintenance garage, we dared to dream big.
    ECD Commissioner Kisber

    2010

  1. ECD Commissioner Kisber
  2. October 2010 | Had the opportunity to tour Matt Kisber, Tennessee's Commissioner of Economic Development through the EC. He joined our Board of Directors later that year.
    Capital Campaign Launch

    2010

  1. Capital Campaign Launch
  2. November 2010 | With our Board Chair, Mr. Clayton McWhorter, at the launch of the EC Capital Campaign at Bass Berry. We successfully raised $6mm to fully fund our new building.
    Governor Bredesen

    2010

  1. Governor Bredesen
  2. November 2010 | Governor Bredesen and ECD Commissioner Matt Kisber tour the EC and visit our startups. They bring a Proclamation by the Governor for Global Entrepreneur's Week.
    Hosting Rep. Blackburn

    2011

  1. Hosting Rep. Blackburn
  2. June 2011 | Hosted Representative Marsha Blackburn at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, providing her the opportunity to see young companies being created here in Nashville!
    Presentation | Jobs4TN

    2011

  1. Presentation | Jobs4TN
  2. Speaking for Governor Haslam at the TN Annual Conference on Economic Development. I shared insights into the work we were doing across the state in supporting entrepreneurship.
    Met Santa Claus

    2011

  1. Met Santa Claus
  2. 12.26.11 | Had the opportunity to meet Santa Claus. He had just finished his annual trip around the world delivering gifts. We were both in Cozumel for a week of rest.
    White House Presentation

    2012

  1. White House Presentation
  2. February 2012 | Speaking at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the Small Business Administration about building entrepreneurial support within rural communities.
    Champion of Change

    2012

  1. Champion of Change
  2. March 2012 | Was named a "Champion of Change" by President Obama for our work in developing and delivering mentoring to over 1,000 young companies here in Middle Tennessee.
    Nat’l Governors Assn

    2012

  1. Nat’l Governors Assn
  2. April 2012 | Spoke for the National Governor's Association meeting chaired by Governors of Kansas and Iowa. Shared 10 Key Steps to create a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem
    Teaching Startups

    2012

  1. Teaching Startups
  2. June, 2012 | Teaching a business models class at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center on Lower Broadway. This was our final Jumpstart Foundry Cohort to be held at that location.
    CGI | Bill Clinton

    2012

  1. CGI | Bill Clinton
  2. June 2012 | Was honored to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and to share the story of the work we have done in Nashville to build our Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.
    Steve Case | SUAP

    2012

  1. Steve Case | SUAP
  2. October 2012 | At the Startup America Summit meeting held at 1871 in Chicago, IL with Steve and Jean Case, Scott Case, Donna Harris, Kathleen Warner and the regional leaders.
    Cowboys Stadium | Dallas

    2012

  1. Cowboys Stadium | Dallas
  2. My first official "tour" of the Dallas Cowboy's Stadium. What an impressive facility. It is the world's largest domed structure.
    EC | Grand Opening

    2013

  1. EC | Grand Opening
  2. June 2013 | We opened the permanent home of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center at 41 Peabody in Nashville. 3 years from our launch date, we had turned our dream into a reality!
    Telluride | The Climb

    2013

  1. Telluride | The Climb
  2. July 2013 | Visited Telluride with my friend David Levy. With his encouragement and guidance, we made the climb to the top of the peak. It was both exhilarating and exhausting.
    Keynote | Harbin Clinic

    2013

  1. Keynote | Harbin Clinic
  2. 08.23.13 | Keynote speaker for Harbin Clinic's annual strategy meeting.  Building a Strategy within Obama Care:  The Right Direction for Growth.

    CEO | Advisor

    2013

  1. CEO | Advisor
  2. September 2013 | Led a workshop for 6 CEOs who are building their companies. I've had the opportunity to work with most of these individuals > 5 years.
    Google | Tech Hub

    2013

  1. Google | Tech Hub
  2. September 2013 | Google for Entrepreneurs names Nashville one of 7 "Tech Hubs" across the US. What an honor for our city to be recognized for our entrepreneurial work!
    Mary Grove | Google

    2013

  1. Mary Grove | Google
  2. September 2013 | Hosting Mary Grove, leader of Google for Entrepreneurs at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Proud to be a Google Partner for Entrepreneurs!
    Keynote | Sarasota Chamber

    2013

  1. Keynote | Sarasota Chamber
  2. 10.01.13 | Delegation of business leaders from Sarasota, FL. Steps in Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

    KFUPM | Saudi Arabia

    2013

  1. KFUPM | Saudi Arabia
  2. October 2013 | In Saudi Arabia speaking at KFUPM's Entrepreneurship Forum on building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. I also led a mentoring workshop for faculty and local startups.
    Keynote | HCA

    2013

  1. Keynote | HCA
  2. 12.13.14 | Keynote Address at HCA Foundation Annual Meeting. The Entrepreneurial Mindset and the Skills to Succeed.

    EC | 4th Anniversary

    2014

  1. EC | 4th Anniversary
  2. January 2014 | 4th Anniversary of the official launch of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. We are building Nashville's economy.
    Entrepreneurial Mindset

    2014

  1. Entrepreneurial Mindset
  2. May 2014 | Published at Fast Company - The Entrepreneurial Mindset. URL: http://www.fastcompany.com/3030817/how-to-think-like-an-entrepreneur-even-when-youre-not-one
    Keynote | Inc. GrowCo

    2014

  1. Keynote | Inc. GrowCo
  2. 05.21.14 | Speaking at the Inc. GrowCo Conference: Combine Culture and Community for Profit and Purpose

    Mark Cuban | Nashville

    2014

  1. Mark Cuban | Nashville
  2. May 2014 | Had the opportunity to visit with Mark Cuban during his visit to Nashville for the Inc. Magazine GrowCo Conference. We had over 1,000 people participate in the event!
    Keynote | Schneider Electric

    2014

  1. Keynote | Schneider Electric
  2. 06.05.14 | Keynote speaker for Schneider Electric's innovation conference.  Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset in a Corporate Environment.

    Keynote | Aljeel

    2014

  1. Keynote | Aljeel
  2. 06.21.14 | Keynote speaker. Entrepreneurship & Economic Development for Emerging Markets. Aljeel Conference in London, England.

    Steve Case | Nashville

    2014

  1. Steve Case | Nashville
  2. 06.27.14 | Hosted Steve Case in Nashville for his "Rise of the Rest" Tour - A celebration of cities building entrepreneurial economies.

    Rise of the Rest

    2014

  1. Rise of the Rest
  2. 06.28.14 | With Steve Case, TN Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner of Economic Development Bill Hagerty.

    Keynote | HIMSS Summit

    2014

  1. Keynote | HIMSS Summit
  2. 09.17.14 | Keynote speaker for HIMSS Summit of the Southeast.  Thirving in the New Healthcare Environment: Positioning Your Organization for Successs.

    Keynote | FedEx Ground

    2014

  1. Keynote | FedEx Ground
  2. 10.15.14 | Keynote speaker for FedEx Ground Meeting for Key Logistics & Transportation Partners.  Building a Business:  You're Not a Startup Anymore.

    Tennessean of the Year

    2014

  1. Tennessean of the Year
  2. 12.28.14 | I was honored by being named Tennessean of the Year for 2014.  An incredibly humbling recognition.

    JPMorgan Conference

    2015

  1. JPMorgan Conference
  2. 01.12.15 | Sharing the Vision for Narus Health with potential investors at the JPMorgan Healthcare Investor Conference.

    Keynote | Merrill Lynch

    2015

  1. Keynote | Merrill Lynch
  2. 01.28.15 | Keynote speaker for Merrill Lynch's "The Year Ahead" Advisor Summit.  The Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Workplace.

    Presidents Clinton & Bush

    2015

  1. Presidents Clinton & Bush
  2. 02.19.15 | Had the opporunity to hear 2 former Presidents - Bill Clinton & George Bush as a guest of UBS.  Was an incredible evening.

    Keynote | Mega-Conference

    2015

  1. Keynote | Mega-Conference
  2. 02.24.15 | Was the Keynote speaker for the Mega-Conference in Atlanta. Creating the Next New Thing: Building Innovation within your Organization.

    Keynote | Emdeon

    2015

  1. Keynote | Emdeon
  2. 03.04.15 | Keynote speaker for Emdeon's Customer and Partner Conference.  Disruption:  Healthcare's New Business Model.

    Keynote | PNC Bank

    2015

  1. Keynote | PNC Bank
  2. 03.30.15 | Keynote speaker for PNC Bank's Strategy Conference.  Using Your Creativity, Relationships & Skills to Build New Products & Services.

    Speaker | Select USA

    2015

  1. Speaker | Select USA
  2. 04.03.15 | Had the opportunity to speak at Select USA.  Also heard President Obama over lunch. Creating an Environment for Innovation.

    Kentucky Derby

    2015

  1. Kentucky Derby
  2. 05.02.15 | Was in the stands at the 2015 Kentucky Derby when American Pharoah crossed the finished line in his first win of the Triple Crown!

    Keynote | Dentsply Client Conference

    2015

  1. Keynote | Dentsply Client Conference
  2. 05.15.15 | Keynote Speaker for Dentsply Client Conference.  The Future of Healthcare: And It's Impact on the Dental Business.

    Keynote | Vanderbilt Medical Center

    2015

  1. Keynote | Vanderbilt Medical Center
  2. 05.21.15 | Keynote speaker for Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Annual Meeting.  Transformational Leadership:  Leading In Times of Disruption & Change.

    Keynote | Pioneer News Group

    2015

  1. Keynote | Pioneer News Group
  2. 06.22.15 | Keynote speaker for Pioneer News Group's Annual Strategy Meeting.  Harnessing & Advancing Cultural Innovation.

    Keynote | Encompass Group

    2015

  1. Keynote | Encompass Group
  2. 07.17.15 | Keynote speaker for Encompass Group's Annual Meeting.  New Business Models in Health Care - And How To Position Ourselves for the Market.

    Workshop | Thinking Like a CEO

    2015

  1. Workshop | Thinking Like a CEO
  2. Workshop | Thinking Like a CEO.  Led 50 business leaders in an intense 1 Day seminar on thinking and leading like a CEO.

    Keynote | PPAI

    2015

  1. Keynote | PPAI
  2. 08.11.15 | Keynote speaker for PPAI's Annual Meeting.  Disruptive Innovation: Continuing to Do Well in a Changing Supply Chain.

    Founder | Narus Health

    2015

  1. Founder | Narus Health
  2. 08.20.15 | Launched Narus Health at the Health:Further Conference.  Our Strategic Aim:  To deliver execptional care support to individuals facing life-limiting conditions.

    Keynote | EO Nerve

    2015

  1. Keynote | EO Nerve
  2. 09.17.15 | Keynote speaker for Entrepreneur Organization's Nerve Conference.  Lessons Learned in Launching & Scaling New Businesses

    Keynote | Asset Plus

    2015

  1. Keynote | Asset Plus
  2. 10.19.15 | Keynote speaker for Asset Plus Company's Annual Meeting.  Building a Powerful Leadership Team:  Focus on Your Strengths.

    Keynote | Distruption

    2016

  1. Keynote | Distruption
  2. 04.29.16 | Keynote speaker for Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield's management team on the Power of Disruptive Innovation.

    Judge | EOY

    2016

  1. Judge | EOY
  2. 05.18.16 | Judge for EY's Entrepreneur of the Year - Southeast Region.  Awesome Experience!

    Panel | NHCC

    2016

  1. Panel | NHCC
  2. 06.14.16 | Panelist for Nashville Healthcare Council's June Forum: Shaping the New Continuum of Care.

    Stop Building Portals!

    2016

  1. Stop Building Portals!
  2. 06.15.16 | Published discussion of Innovations in the Continuum of Care  and Care Management in Healthcare.

    US Secretary of Commerce

    2016

  1. US Secretary of Commerce
  2. 10.05.16 | Meeting of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship with US Secretary of Commerce Pritzker

    EY Entrepreneur of the Year

    2016

  1. EY Entrepreneur of the Year
  2. 11.18.16 | Participating in EY's Strategic Growth Forum & Entrepreneur of the Year Event

    Complia User Conference

    2017

  1. Complia User Conference
  2. 02.08.17 | Keynote speaker for Complia User's Conference: Innovations in Post-Acute Care