Timothy Poulton, M.D.


“As the challenges and ‘click box’ requirements of medical care continue to mount, it is easy to lose sight of what drew us to medicine. It’s energizing and rewarding to help bring a set of skills to physicians and caregivers around the country and the world that can help restore joy and simultaneously improve efficiency, quality and safety.”

Timothy Poulton, M.D., has a special affinity and ease for teaching communication and facilitation skills to other physicians through his work with The Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE).

Dr. Poulton is a Family Medicine physician in Asheville, North Carolina. He is dedicated to delivering high-quality, patient-centered family medicine to ensure all patients receive the best possible care. Dr. Poulton also puts his IHE skills to use as a full-time Regional Medical Director for Aledade, Inc. Aledade is dedicated to building and supporting a new model of primary care, helping primary care practice and deliver care at a lower cost.

In Asheville, Dr. Poulton has been a member of the faculty for the Communication in Healthcare and Relationship-Centered Leadership courses for Mission Health System. He has also served as a physician advisor to the Clinical Documentation Integrity Team, helping to seamlessly integrate coding and risk capture concepts with bedside patient care. Dr. Poulton is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Western North Carolina Medical Society, and has served on the Western Carolina Medical Society’s Healthy Healer committee.

Dr. Poulton believes strongly in the importance of good primary care in general, and family medicine specifically. As healthcare becomes more fragmented, he believes strongly in the importance of strong, long-term relationships that can span multiple generations. He believes in leveraging patient-centered care and communication while partnering with patients to develop a long-term plan for health and wellness.

He has published on the topics of improving physician-patient relationships, patient-centered care and evaluating online physical activity tools.

Dr. Poulton has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Grand Valley State University. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his residency training at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), in Asheville, North Carolina.

He’s an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys most any activity that allows him to get outside with his wife and two boys. You can follow Dr. Poulton on Twitter @TimPoultonMD and LinkedIn.