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Published on November 06, 2019

Tidelands Health leader honored with alumni award from the University of South Carolina

A Tidelands Health leader and longtime area physician has earned special recognition from his alma mater.

Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs at Tidelands Health, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of South Carolina Alumni Association. The award honors a graduate who has shown dedication and excellence in leadership, citizenship and voluntarism while staying devoted to USC.

Dr. Gerald Harmon“My years at the University of South Carolina helped set the stage for my career as a physician, military service and leadership roles,” said Dr. Harmon, who has practiced family medicine in Georgetown County since 1983. “I’m so humbled and proud to be recognized by the university that has such a special place in my heart.”

Dr. Harmon graduated from USC in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics, earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his residency at U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital.

He is a past chairman of the American Medical Association and has held several leadership positions in the South Carolina Medical Association, including chairman and president.

He serves as a clinical professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina and has been recognized as “Community Educator of the Year” by the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium.

Dr. Harmon served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He was chief surgeon for the National Guard Bureau and assistant surgeon general for the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of major general.

USC alumni leaders presented Dr. Harmon with the award during a luncheon Friday, Nov. 1, in Columbia.

He previously was honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service from USC in 2018 while serving as a commencement speaker.


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