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Published on October 18, 2021

Tidelands Health physician to serve as president of national osteopathic association

A Tidelands Health physician will serve as president of a national osteopathic association next year.

Dr. Ernest Gelb, a family medicine and geriatric physician at Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road, is now serving as president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association. He will serve as the association’s 2022-23 president starting in July.

Dr. Ernie GelbRepresenting more than 168,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students, the association works to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine. The AOA also promotes public health, encourages scientific research, serves as the primary certifying body for osteopathic physicians and acts as the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools.

The osteopathic philosophy of medicine sees an interrelated unity in all systems of the body, with each working with the other to heal in times of illness.

“I’m honored to be elected by my peers throughout the country to take on such an important role at this pivotal time in health care,” Dr. Gelb said. “I’m truly passionate about osteopathic medicine and eager to serve as we experience tremendous growth in our field.”

Dr. Gelb has been an osteopathic physician for nearly 40 years. In addition to seeing patients at Tidelands Health, he mentors younger physicians as a faculty member of the Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Gelb has long been a leader in osteopathic organizations, joining the AOA’s board of trustees in 2011. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He has received multiple awards, including the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society’s Family Physician of the Year Award in 2010 and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

Prior to joining Tidelands Health, Dr. Gelb served as an assistant professor of family medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Sullivan County Medical Center and a staff member of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Pennsylvania.

After receiving his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1978, Dr. Gelb completed a post-graduate internship at Beaumont Hospital (formerly Botsford Hospital) in Farmington Hills, Michigan. From 1979-1981, he served in the military as a member of U.S. Public Health Service before beginning to practice medicine in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gelb will remain at Tidelands Health while serving as AOA president.

Dr. Gelb is the second Tidelands Health physician to be elected president of a national medical association in as many years. Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs at Tidelands Health, currently serves as president of the American Medical Association.


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