Gerald A. Wilson, MD
Dr. Gerald A. Wilson is a recently retired surgeon who practiced both general and peripheral vascular surgery at Midlands Surgical Associates, PA in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to his career as a surgeon, Dr. Wilson received his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina and a medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Wilson completed an internship at Richland Memorial Hospital and a general surgery residency at Richland Memorial, Medical University Hospital, and the Dorn VA Medical Center. Dr. Wilson has a strong record of leadership in the medical community. He has chaired the State Health Planning Committee from 1998 till 2012 and the executive board of the Palmetto Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association since 2009. He is a past president of the Columbia Medical Society, the South Carolina Medical Association and the Congaree Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association. Dr. Wilson has served the American Medical Association as a Delegate of the South Carolina Delegation to the AMA. Dr. Wilson has held additional numerous leadership positions throughout his career including Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery. In addition, he has been involved in organized medicine both nationally and locally through his various roles at the Columbia Medical Society, the South Carolina Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Wilson also has served as a clinical instructor in the USC School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery, as a member of the Palmetto Health Foundation Board of Directors and a board member of the MUSC Foundation.
However, Dr. Wilson is most notably known for his work and volunteerism in the Midlands Community where he has served on numerous committees, foundations and advisory boards. He has received the President’s Award from the South Carolina Medical Association and the Columbia Medical Society, he was recognized by the SC DHEC Board for Distinguished and Outstanding Leadership for dedication and commitment to the goal of eliminating health disparities in 2004 and he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto on May 6, 2017 for his activities. He has been a lifetime member of the USC and MUSC alumni associations. He has a passion for promoting health and minority health disparities in his community.
Dr. Wilson has a particular passion for Diabetes awareness and has provided much guidance on the issue for the Midlands Community. Dr. Wilson is currently the Chair of the Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina (DAC), which is a statewide organization that promotes the education and prevention of type 2 diabetes for South Carolinians. Dr. Wilson has a very hands-on approach to facilitating the DAC as he attends Quarterly Meetings, Executive Meetings, and individual breakout Pillar workgroups to keep up with the DAC’s progress. Dr. Wilson recently spearheaded the creation of a Sustainability Committee and Bylaws Committee with DAC to ensure that the goals and reach of DAC regarding diabetes prevention in the state can be maintained and that communities across South Carolina reap the benefits of diabetes prevention and awareness tools and programs.