Speaker Bio


Michael Elias

Michael Elias

Co-founder and CEO , Common Citizen and Michigan Pure Med

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 a 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. NYGH was recently named the second best hospital in Canada by Newsweek Magazine, and ranked among the top 100 in the world for efficiency and clinical outcomes.

A native of Michigan, Elias earned his Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. He attended Wayne State School of Medicine Master’s program in Community Medicine. In addition, he has a cognate in Applied Statistics. Elias is a Master Black Belt and holds two certifications from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and General Electric Medical Systems.