A Renaissance man with his finger in many pots, Ara Chackerian’s business skill-set can be tracked from his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Management, earned from the Florida State University. Leveraging his business acumen and aligning it with a keen interest in healthcare has allowed Ara Chackerian to take a leadership position in many health-geared entities. He’s been the Vice President of Research and Development of Health Diagnostics LLC., held senior positions at World Medical, and furthermore occupied senior staff positions in Pipeline Health Holdings LLC and Evolute Consolidated Holdings Inc. He was the CEO and founder of BMC Diagnostics right up until its 2007 acquisition by Health Diagnostics.
It’s hardly surprising that a philanthropic bent is part of the Ara Chackerian makeup. He’s the founder of an environmentally friendly Nicaraguan teak farm, providing sustainable agriculture and much-needed jobs for the area. He’s been the investment angel behind numerous start-ups and currently sits on the board of several early-stage corporations, including Mint Medical Education and TMS Health Solutions.
The latter has proved almost serendipitous as a conduit for aligning an array of Ara Chackerian interests, including medicine, technology and helping people. A fortuitous partnership with Dr. Richard Bermudas, an advocate and user of cutting-edge TMS technology, or non-invasive transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of depression, convinced Ara Chackerian that the modality had the chops to become a third column in the psychiatric field, bolstering pharmaceuticals and talk-therapy. Check out Medium to know more.
Two years into the partnership the team has created seven new TMS facilities, although
Chackerian’s interest in helping the depressed actually extends beyond their creation. For example, his online blog features content germane to those afflicted with the condition. In May, which was national mental health month, Ara Chackerian reminded his readership that mental illness is a widespread concern, affecting one out of five individuals and accounting for many suicides and overdoses. Moreover, individuals grappling with a mental illness often have to deal with the stigma it entails. Preconceptions of what mental illness looks like abound, making it harder for sufferers to seek out new friendships and to find employment. You can visit their Facebook page.