Michael S. Varadian ’72, MBA, JD is an accomplished, national health care leader and innovator, successfully operating at the highest levels of medical technology start-ups, hospitals and health care management, legal and regulatory functions, and health care mergers and acquisitions.
Most recently, he has held comprehensive national and statewide leadership positions in the nation's largest publicly traded community behavioral health provider and was the former Executive Director of RI Department of Health, and RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. Prior to that, he was the Healthcare Division Director at the MA Office of the Inspector General, together with senior responsibilities at Boston area academic medical centers, national managed care companies, and strategic national consulting and law firms. His current special expertise is in the innovative health care start-up space, where he is co-founder of two start-ups and advising three additional emerging healthcare technology companies.
Michael has led national pilots in integrated physical and behavioral health care for CMS, as well as a state Medical Marijuana program, and has established and advised statewide Drug Courts in multiple states. He has extensive multi-dimensional operational experience, performed over $1B health care mergers and acquisitions, has national Medicare/Medicaid fiscal, legal, regulatory and quality oversight experience in some of the most innovative health care organizations and environments in the nation. He has presented on health care finance and reform around the world and has been a guest lecturer at Babson College, Brown University Graduate School of Public Health, Providence College and the American University of Armenia.
Michael has been a long time mentor at Babson for the MBA program and has judged multiple entrepreneurial pitch competitions at the college, and has advised multiple start-up companies founded by Babson students.
He lives in Norwood, MA with his wife, Armenie, who is a hospice nurse.