Phil Wilson Named Assistant Commissioner for Compliance

Monday, July 25, 2016 | 12:00pm

NASHVILLE – Phil Wilson, CPA, has been appointed assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health Compliance Office. Wilson previously served as director of internal audit for TDH since 2013 and succeeds Mike Gaines, CPA, who retired in June.

Wilson will direct efforts to ensure regulatory and policy compliance for all TDH operations across the state and will oversee internal audits, monitoring of grants, internal affairs investigations and training for some federal statutes including Title VI and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Wilson’s career includes service as a regulatory auditor with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of International Trade, as a senior auditor with CIGNA Government Services and as internal auditor with TDH. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western Kentucky University. Wilson is a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner, and currently serves as a bi-vocational pastor with First Free Will Baptist Church in Portland. He and his wife live in Gallatin.

“We are pleased Phil has accepted the responsibilities of this challenging and important position, knowing his experience and training will benefit our ongoing efforts to accelerate progress in improving the health of all Tennesseans,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “He and his compliance team will continue to assure our programs and initiatives are functioning properly and that we use all resources with optimal efficiency.”

“I am honored and humbled to serve in this capacity with the Department of Health to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of Tennesseans,” said Wilson. “I look forward to ensuring TDH can fulfill its mission of advocating and promoting healthy living across our state.”

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at