Dr. Michael R. Burcham
Executive Partner, Shore Capital
Chief of Strategic Planning & Talent Development
Michael is an entrepreneur, investor, and healthcare strategist with 30 years’ experience leading healthcare organizations.
Michael is an Executive Partner with Shore Capital, a micro-cap investment firm based in Chicago, IL. There he leads strategic planning for Shore’s portfolio companies as well as Talent Development. He also serves on the Board of Directors for four of Shore’s companies and directs Shore University - the firm’s talent development program.
Michael is also Professor for the Practice of Management at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and serves as faculty director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Entrepreneurship.
Previously, Michael was the founder and CEO of Narus Health, a healthcare concierge organization serving self-insured employers. Founded in 2015, the company became part of Lucent Health in 2019.
Prior to forming Narus Heath, Michael was the founding President and CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, serving in that capacity from 2010-2015. Michael served as the Co- Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2014-2016.
From 2000-2007, Michael served as President of ParadigmHealth. ParadigmHealth specialized in the management of clinically complex patients and is now part of Optum Health.
From 1993 – 2000, Michael was President and Founder of Theraphysics, a venture-backed, specialty rehabilitation firm focused on physical and occupational therapy. Theraphysics was acquired by Beverly Enterprises in 1998.
Michael began his career at Hospital Corporation of America after graduating from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1983. Michael also holds an MBA from Belmont University and a Doctorate in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.
What is a personal piece of advice (business advice/saying/quote) that you lean on and could pass on to others?
You’ll never know what opportunities lie behind the next door until you walk through the one in front of you.
Best business book you’ve ever read?
Trillion Dollar Coach
One misstep you took in your business that you could caution others about?
I hired a friend – then had to hire someone over him because he couldn’t professionally grow as fast as the company was growing. It ended our friendship.
How to you de-stress after a particularly hard day?
Typically go to the gym. Even if I went that morning. It clears my mind.
What’s something about you that would surprise everyone reading this?
I grew up in rural Mississippi. Used the army as a way to get funding for college.
What EO benefit has been most valuable to you?
No question. My Forum.
Any exciting plans for 2023?
I plan to continue investing to growing companies within Healthcare and Business Services.