Michael Bourisaw, executive director of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), has had a passion for healthcare ever since he became a pharmaceutical sales rep more than 30 years ago. From sales rep to senior manager to director of medical affairs, he gained a robust knowledge of pharmaceuticals and then of nonprofit medical associations when he worked in business development at the American College of Chest Physicians. In 2012, he joined AMC’s Professional Relations and Development (PRD) team and in 2017 became the executive director of HOPA.
So far at AMC, Michael is proudest of building a grants division in and bringing a sales model to the PRD team. With his main focus on relationships, he puts a lot of effort into integrating client care into his work. He is willing to find creative solutions to solve unique problems and do what it takes to make AMC and its clients successful. He works to incorporate quality as a measurement of the impact of hematology/oncology pharmacists, help positively impact the lives of the pharmacists, and hopes to start a HOPA journal.
Michael has a lot of respect for the work that AMC does, particularly for how the Engle brothers embody their mission of helping client partners Achieve What They Believe. He also really likes the efforts that the associations work toward. “What they do matters,” he says of AMC’s client partners. “If they come here, they have the opportunity to make a difference.”
Outside of AMC, Michael likes to travel, play golf, read, and spend time with his grandchildren.