Dr. Gerald Harmon elected to AMA Board of Trustees
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Georgetown, S.C. — Georgetown physician Dr. Gerald Harmon has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization. Harmon is vice president of Georgetown Physician Services and interim vice president of medical affairs for Georgetown Hospital System.
“I am honored to serve the nation’s physicians as a member of the AMA Board of Trustees,” Harmon said. “Working together, physicians can share our expertise to help make significant strides in reducing chronic disease, educating future physicians and improving how care is provided to our patients.”
GHS CEO and President Bruce Bailey said Harmon is an outstanding choice.
“Gerald Harmon is a dedicated physician who has earned the trust of his patients, the respect of his colleagues and the admiration of leaders in our community,” Bailey said. “That alone is an achievement, but Gerald Harmon has also been a champion for quality medical care and an advocate for physicians and medical students. We are proud that he is one of ours, and confident that he will be an outstanding representative for South Carolina, the profession of medicine and the AMA.”
Harmon is a former president and chairman of the South Carolina Medical Association(SCMA). He has been a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates for over 18 years and is a member of the AMA Council on Medical Service.
“Dr. Harmon truly exemplifies what it means to be a leader in organized medicine,” said Dr. Bruce Snyder, SCMA President. “Dr. Harmon’s talents and expertise have been true assets to both our organization and the state of South Carolina. The examples of his leadership are numerous and I am confident he will carry that leadership forward as a Trustee to the AMA.”
Harmon has been a family medicine specialist in Georgetown for more than 25 years. He is a clinical professor at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and twice has been named Community Educator of the Year by the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. He served as chief surgeon and assistant surgeon general before retiring from the National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. He served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Harmon earned his medical degree at MUSC and completed a residency training program in family medicine with the U.S. Air Force in Eglin AFB in Florida.