Transformational Fellows

Charlton Wilson, MD

Becky Ruffner

Fellow since 2022

Charlton recently completed the 2021-2022 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship at the National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC, where he served as a Staff Assistant, in the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health. He provided policy analysis and supported hearings, oversight, and legislative activities over a broad jurisdiction. Previously, he was the Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Care, a non-profit health plan serving Medicaid and Dual-eligible beneficiaries in Arizona. For over a decade, his work helped to serve high-needs populations, and he collaborated with government agencies, beneficiaries, providers, universities, and community-based organizations to improve the well-being of the entire community. Prior to joining Mercy Care, Charlton served as a Commissioned Officer with U.S. Public Health Service in the Indian Health Service (IHS). In addition to clinical care, he served in hospital leadership positions and traveled throughout the United States to develop and strengthen disease management and performance measurement programs that contributed to the mission of the IHS. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Charlton has served on numerous community boards and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.