Advocacy & Awareness for Immune Disorders Association (AAIDA)

Michael Rigas, PharmD

Michael Rigas, PharmD

Michael Rigas, PharmD, is a retired Chief Clinical Officer Emeritus, co-founder and principal at a national infusion therapy company dedicated to managing IVIG and other chronic and acute therapies nationwide.

Dr. Rigas was also Associate Chief Innovation Officer for Pharmaceutical Care for Geisinger Health System and Chief Clinical Officer for VITALine CareSite Pharmacy Services. Dr. Rigas has served as the Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Crescent HealthCare in Anaheim, California.

Dr. Rigas graduated from USC School of Pharmacy with his Pharm.D. degree and completed his residency at UC San Francisco Hospitals and Clinics in 1982. His areas of expertise include antimicrobial therapy, immunoglobulin therapies, nutritional support, inotropic therapies, pain management, improving clinical and financial outcomes and payer and contract relations. Dr. Rigas is also active in the high-cost biologic/specialty pharmacy and infusion industries. He has worked on standardized coding for infusion billing, universal access via patient assistance plans and managing Medicare Part D issues in front of the California board of pharmacy and CMS regional managers.

Dr. Rigas is a member of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the National Home Infusion association, the American Academy of Neurology and the Clinical Immunology Society. Over the last 20 years, Dr Rigas has managed or overseen the care of over 15,000 patients who have received over 20,000,000 grams of IVIG. Dr. Rigas currently enjoys retirement with his wife and looks forward to traveling and spending time in the mountains while giving back to the patient community he has served for over 40 years.