UofSC physics graduate leads American Medical Association through the pandemic with optimism

Dr. Gerald E. Harmon

Physics graduate Gerald Harmon is the president of the American Medical Association and is optimistic about medicine after the pandemic.

Harmon found his way to medicine when an Air Force recruiter told him the military needed more doctors. After graduating with a physics degree in 1973, he married his high school sweetheart and went to medical school.

Harmon became chief surgeon for the National Guard Bureau and assistant surgeon general for the U.S. Air Force before retiring as a major general. Afterward, he settled in Georgetown, South Carolina. He became president-elect of the American Medical Association at the beginning of the pandemic, and his mission is to increase vaccinations.

“Trust is embedded in the way I practice medicine,” Harmon says. “I’d like to restore trust in organized medicine, trust in the health care system. I want to be one of the purveyors of truth.”

Harmon is our 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Read the full story, written by Bryan Gentry, on the university website.

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