Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, M.D., M.P.H., is the state health director and the chief medical officer for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She promotes public health and prevention activities, as well as provides guidance and oversight on a variety of issues, including the opioid epidemic, early childhood, Medicaid Transformation, and Healthy Opportunities. Before joining DHHS, Tilson was the medical director of Community Care of Wake and Johnston Counties and the chief network clinical officer for Community Care of North Carolina. She also served as an assistant consulting professor and cancer control specialist with Duke University Medical Center, and practiced primary care pediatrics for 26 years. She has a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.