Michael leads and directs the Avita legal and compliance departments, collaborating across the organization to ensure compliance with laws and regulatory requirements. At Avita, Michael has successfully centralized and standardized the HIPAA Privacy program, the confidentiality hotline, and legal and compliance-related policies and procedures. He also created the Avita Code of Conduct and Business Ethics.
Prior to joining Avita, Michael was Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff, and Chief Compliance Officer of WellCare Health Plans, a national Medicare and Medicaid managed care organization. While at WellCare, Michael was responsible for HIPAA and information security, internal audit, enterprise business transformation, and project management. Prior to joining WellCare, Michael spent nine years with Rite Aid Corporation, ultimately serving as vice president. Throughout his career, Michael has successfully helped companies navigate complex regulatory agency requirements, including Boards of Pharmacy, CMS, OCR, and OIG.
“As leaders in healthcare, I believe that it is not just what we do that is important, but also how we do it—with integrity, accountability, and as one team.”
Michael is the former President and Board member of the American Society for Pharmacy Law and previously served on college of pharmacy advisory committees for the University of Florida and Ohio Northern University. He has BS in pharmacy and JD, both from Ohio Northern University. He is admitted to the bars in Illinois and New Jersey and is a registered pharmacist in Illinois and Ohio.