Tidelands Health physician Dr. Gerald Harmon appointed to major federal highway safety board
Longtime Georgetown County physician Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs for Tidelands Health, has been appointed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to a federal board that helps improve highway safety.
Dr. Harmon, immediate past chair of the American Medical Association, was recently appointed for a two-year term to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Medical Review Board.
The panel is composed of five of the nation’s most distinguished practicing physicians. It helps guide the development of medical standards that apply to millions of commercial motor vehicle drivers across the country. The board evaluates existing standards and offers recommendations on changes and updates.
“It is an honor to join some of our nation’s most respected physicians on the Medical Review Board,” Dr. Harmon said. “It’s a role I take extremely seriously because of its impact on the livelihood of so many commercial drivers and the safety of all of us who travel on the roads each day.”
Dr. Harmon, who has practiced medicine in Georgetown County since 1983, served from 2017-2018 as chair of the AMA, the largest association of physicians in the country. As immediate past chair, he remains an executive officer of the board.
In addition to his work as a family physician and service 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 public 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 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.