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Michael R. Burcham

Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship

Subject Area(s): Entrepreneurship


Michael Burcham has over 20 years of extensive experience in healthcare innovation, entrepreneurship, and startup venture coaching.  He is currently serving as President and CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, which serves as the front door to entrepreneurs, fusing training, relationships, and resources to cultivate economic development within Nashville and around the country.  He is passionate about helping the creative class transform their ideas into real businesses, and seeks to use the Entrepreneur Center as the catalyst which will revolutionize Nashville’s business ecosystem.  Michael is also the director of Accelerator Summer Business Institute, a four-week intensive immersion business program for undergraduates and recent college graduates. 

From 2001 to 2007, Michael served as President of ParadigmHealth, an integrator of care and disease management services for health plans and employers which has managed over 100,000 individuals nationwide since its inception. Prior to joining ParadigmHealth, Michael was President of Theraphysics, a venture-backed specialty rehabilitation firm he founded in 1992. He also served HCA as the Vice President of Managed Care from 1988-1992.

Michael received his undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Belmont University. He completed his Doctoral Degree in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Burcham teaches Health Innovation and Launching the Venture in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and provides strategic consulting to a variety of healthcare firms and venture funds involved in healthcare start-ups. Michael has numerous publications and is a frequent national speaker on healthcare strategy and entrepreneurial development.


DHA, Medical University of South Carolina 2003
MBA, Belmont University 1989
BS, (Physical Therapy) Mississippi 1983

Other Course(s):
Mgt507 Healthcare Finance and Accounting

Area(s) of Expertise:
Healthcare, Entrepreneurial Development


Voice: 615-661-6358
Fax: 615-661-6520
Office #: 321
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