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Michael Elias

President and CEO, Michigan Pure Med and Common Citizen

Michael Elias is the co-founder and CEO of Common Citizen and Michigan Pure Med, the largest vertically integrated license holder in Michigan. Elias has spent over 21 years re-engineering health care operations, leading organizational improvement and cultural transformation, and sustaining change. Most recently, Elias was the CEO and founder of Elias Group Corp, an international consulting practice specializing in health care transformations world-wide. He has taken over underperforming health systems and strategically transformed their clinical and non-clinical business practices.

Elias was also major catalyst of transformational change at North York General Hospital in Toronto, Canada as the Chief Transformation Officer. He developed, deployed and sustained NYGH’s award-winning improvement system utilizing Lean and Six Sigma principles. Elias earned his Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University, and attended Wayne State School of Medicine master’s program in community medicine.