Hugh tilson

Hugh Tilson Jr. is the director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) Program. Tilson has extensive experience in health care, including particular experience in hospital and provider issues, health policy development, and North Carolina’s Medicaid transformation.

Over the course of more than 20 years, Tilson served in roles of increasing responsibility at the North Carolina Hospital Association. He first joined the organization in 1996 as director of legal and regulatory affairs, eventually becoming the group’s executive Vice President and chief operating officer. In addition, he spent a year as interim president of the organization, which promotes improved delivery of quality and affordable health care in North Carolina. Most recently, Tilson operated Tilson Solutions, offering strategic planning, public affairs, and other consulting services to a range of clients. He has also worked with Cansler Collaborative Resources as a consultant.

As director of NC AHEC, Tilson provides overall direction for the statewide program, oversees the organization’s budget and program office, manages health workforce planning and development initiatives across a range of health professions, fosters collaboration among academic programs and organizations across the state, and represents the organization on the state and national level.

Tilson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and the UNC School of Law. He holds a Master of Public Health from Harvard.

North Carolina AHEC Program
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB 7165, 145 N. Medical Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7165

Phone: 919-966-2461
Fax: 919-966-5830
Email; hugh_tilson@med.unc.edu