Chuck Willson is first and foremost a generalist pediatrician and child advocate. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and MD from the University of Virginia in 1974. After a pediatric internship at North Carolina Memorial Hospital, he entered the US Navy to pay back a scholarship commitment. He served as a general medical officer at Camp LeJeune from 1975 to 1977. Then he returned to the University of North Carolina to complete his residency, serving a chief resident year in 1980.
Dr. Willson then entered private practice with Greenville Pediatric Services, Inc., becoming an owner in 1982. In 1996, he led the development of a physician-led primary care medical home project for NC Medicaid patients. He served as part-time medical director for the Community Care Plan of Eastern Carolina for 12 years, growing the program from one county with 12,500 patients to 27 counties with 122,000 patients.
In 1999, Chuck left private practice to become a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University where he currently serves as the Director of the Center for Children with Complex and Chronic Conditions and medical director for the Child Health Access Care Collaborative (funded by a CMS Innovations grant), part of a statewide program to link primary care medical homes with pediatric specialists.
Chuck has served in leadership roles in the North Carolina Pediatric Society, rising to president in 2002 and the North Carolina Medical Society, serving as president in 2005. He currently is a delegate from NCMS to the AMA, and was recently elected to his second term on the AMA Council on Medical Service. Chuck chaired the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission from 20o8 to 2011. He has been a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine since 2000 and now serves on its Board of Directors.
He and his wife of 37 years, Wendy, have three daughters and two grandsons.