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Ara Chackerian: Philanthropist, Environmentalist and Health Entrepreneur

by Chris Holden - May 13th, 2019.
Filed under: Business Expert.

Ara Chackerian is a San Francisco based businessman, philanthropist, and investor. He went to Florida State University where he acquired his Bachelor’s degree in marketing. He then went on to co-found various companies that have grown to be leaders in their respective industries. Ara Chickering’s work has been mostly in the health sector and has made accomplishments in filling the gap between technology and health care. He also has a great passion for youth development and environmental issues.

Ara Chackerian’s latest venture is in the transcranial magnetic stimulation used in the psychiatric area. He and his business partner had been building networks for more than ten years, trying to develop diagnostic radiology for outpatients, before a long-time partner hinted that they should look more into the TMS device. After thorough research, they realized that this was a technological psychiatric care breakthrough for extensive depressive disorder patients. However, little was known about the device. A meeting with Dr. Richard Bermudas made the team realize why there was structural hindrance to access. Since 2008, Dr. Richard had been making use of the TMS device but came to learn that insurance cover policies were limited. There was also the challenge of getting skilled clinicians and retaining them.

Ara Chackerian saw this as an opportunity to make an impact on those suffering from depression that was medication resistant. He believed that with the team’s knowledge of developing outpatient facilities, this was an opportunity to build something beautiful. They intended to create a model that allowed both the patient and physician to attain their goals in a ‘patient-first’ method. The partnership has seen seven facilities built in two years, and efforts to provide psychiatric disorder patients with the best care treatment still are ongoing.

Ara Chackerian is also an environment conservationist, has used his platform to campaign against environmental damage. He says that the furniture industry has been a significant player in deforestation, arising from demand from households. He, however, advises that people should opt for eco-friendly alternatives. For instance, instead of wood, one could go for bamboo, and to save the greatly endangered teak, one can choose to for Jatoba. This would contribute to a more sustainable environment.


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