Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Gerald Wilson, MD - 2017 Physician of the Year and Order of the Palmetto Recipient

Dr. Gerald Wilson, a retired general and peripheral vascular surgeon with Midlands Surgical Associates, P.A in Columbia, South Carolina, was awarded the 2017 South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) Physician of the Year Award and the Order of the Palmetto during the SCMA Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 6 to recognize his efforts in diabetes prevention in South Carolina.

“Dr. Wilson has committed his life to furthering South Carolina’s healthcare and bringing recognition to the diabetes epidemic in South Carolina. Through his service in leadership to multiple organizations, he has demonstrated his desire for South Carolina to be a healthier place for our patients to live. He goes above and beyond to represent our state and to constantly put South Carolina on the map in regards to healthcare.”

The Physician of the Year Award is given annually to a physician who continuously gives back to their respective community and honors them for their service to the South Carolina community at large. Dr. Wilson was nominated by the Columbia Medical Society (CMS).  The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of South Carolina. It is awarded to persons who make contributions of statewide significance.  The award was presented by Rep. Todd Atwater.

Dr. Wilson is the chair of the Diabetes Advisory Council and is involved with numerous organizations in diabetes prevention efforts. Dr. Wilson has been a champion for minority and women’s health issues through presentations to local and regional health groups and he was recognized by the South Carolina DHEC Board for Distinguished and Outstanding Leadership for dedication and commitment to the goal of eliminating health disparities in 2004. He is chairman to the SCMA Members’ Insurance Trust, a past president of the SCMA, and a past Delegate to the American Medical Association.

On behalf of the SCMA, we congratulate Dr. Wilson for his numerous achievements, but most notably, for being a champion for diabetes prevention and making South Carolina a healthier place to live.