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Longtime South Carolina physician elected chairman of the American Medical Association

June 14, 2017 GMT

Gerald Harmon, a family doctor with a long history of practice and physician advocacy in South Carolina, has been elected chairman of the American Medical Association.

Harmon was elected Tuesday and took office Wednesday afternoon, said Joshua Zembik, spokesman for the American Medical Association.

The AMA is one of the country’s most powerful lobbying groups. The organization — the largest membership of physicians and medical students in the country — spent more than $22 million in its lobbying efforts last year, according to OpenSecrets.org.

Harmon is a member of the S.C. Medical Association and served on its board and as its president. He has practiced medicine in Georgetown County for more than three decades. He grew up in Newberry and also serves as a clinical professor of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina.