Gerald E. Harmon, MD
Gerald E. Harmon, MD, a family medicine specialist having practiced for more than 25 years in coastal South Carolina, was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2013. Prior to his election, Dr. Harmon served our organization as a member on the AMA Council for Medical Service as well as a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates for 18 years.
In South Carolina Dr. Harmon has held several leadership positions in the South Carolina Medical Association, including chairman of the board and later president. Dr. Harmon serves as a clinical professor at two of South Carolina's medical schools, a commitment that has been well recognized as he has been twice named Community Educator of the Year by the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians. He has been appointed by the governor of South Carolina to several key task forces on medical services and has been a guest lecturer at several medical schools and regional meetings for various professional medical organizations. In 2007 he received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest award for public service.
In his hometown Dr. Harmon serves on the board of directors for his community hospital system and serves as a medical director for several organizations, including one of South Carolina's Medicaid managed care organizations, a non-profit hospice inpatient facility and his county's largest home health service agency. He volunteers as medical director for his county school district's 23 schools, and in May 2013 was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from his county's Chamber of Commerce.
Before his retirement from the military as a major general, Dr. Harmon served the nation in Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, holding responsibilities as chief surgeon for the National Guard Bureau and assistant surgeon general for the U.S. Air Force. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
Dr. Harmon received his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics from the University of South Carolina and has since been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a residency training program in family medicine with the U.S. Air Force at Eglin AFB, Fla.
When not practicing medicine, Dr. Harmon and his wife, Linda, enjoy spending time outdoors in their coastal hometown of Georgetown with their three married children and seven grandchildren.