Dr. Gerald Harmon named chair-elect of American Medical Association board of trustees
Aug. 4, 2016
A longtime local physician has been named chair-elect of the board of trustees of the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians in the United States.
Dr. Gerald E. Harmon, a board-certified physician with Tidelands Waccamaw Family Medicine and vice president of Tidelands Health Group, has served as an AMA trustee since 2013. He joined the executive committee last year as secretary to the board and is slated to become chairman of the board in June 2017.
“I am honored and privileged to serve in this role,” Dr. Harmon said. “The opportunity to work with the AMA leadership and some of the country’s most accomplished physicians to improve health outcomes, accelerate change in medical education and enhance physician satisfaction and practice sustainability is a privilege. I truly feel called to do this work.”
The mission of the AMA board of trustees is to foster the promotion of the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. The AMA, founded in 1847, has more than 200,000 members, and the association publishes the Journal of the American Medical Association, the largest weekly medical journal in the world.
Dr. Harmon, who has practiced medicine in Georgetown County since 1983, is one of 21 members on the AMA board of trustees.
“The AMA board could not have chosen a more capable and dedicated leader than Dr. Gerald Harmon,” said H. McRoy Skipper Jr., CPA, chairman of the Tidelands Health board of trustees. “He will be an advocate not only for the medical profession but also for health care organizations and people in our own community impacted by the many changes occurring in health care.
“He is trusted and admired for his forward thinking, selflessness and willingness to work with others to find common ground and solutions that benefit the greater good. His selection brings honor to our state, and on behalf of the Tidelands Health board of trustees, the administration and all our employee and physician partners, I extend sincerest congratulations.”
In addition to his work as a family physician and his services to the AMA, Dr. Harmon has earned numerous recognitions for advancing the practice of medicine and medical education in South Carolina. He has held several leadership positions in the South Carolina Medical Association, including chairman of the board and president, and serves as a clinical professor of family medicine at MUSC and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He has twice been named Community Educator of the Year by the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and Educator of the Year by the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium. He is the recipient of the President’s Award from the South Carolina Medical Association.
Dr. Harmon has served his community and his country. He volunteers for several local organizations, including as medical director for Georgetown County’s 23 schools, and is district commissioner for the State Aeronautics Commission. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce.
A retired major general from the U.S. Air Force, he is a member of the U.S. National Guard and the South Carolina National Guard and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He served in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as chief surgeon for the National Guard Bureau and as assistant surgeon for the U.S. Air Force. He earned the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.