Tom Gehring

Tom GehringTom Gehring
CEO/Executive Director
San Diego County Medical Society

Tom Gehring was born in Cologne, Germany in 1953, and lived in Germany and France until he came to the United States in 1960. He graduated from Rice University with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics in 1975. He was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy in 1976, immediately after receiving his Masters in Electrical Engineering.

Following two years of training, he served for 18 years at sea on four nuclear powered attack submarines, two afloat staffs, and a large surface ship. In his last at-sea tour, he implemented a number of quality and strategic improvements on a very large afloat industrial facility. In the final tour of a 22 year Navy career, he was the leader of the Pacific Fleet’s Quality Improvement Team.

After retiring from active duty in 1998, he joined Booz?Allen?Hamilton as a senior strategic consultant, working at the boardroom level with a number of high technology military organizations.

In 2000 and 2001, he was the pro bono lead consultant for the California Medical Association’s Re-engineering Task Force, a two year project that produced revolutionary changes at one of the largest state medical associations in the United States.

He joined the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) in September of 2001 as the Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, SDCMS has been recognized as one of the most innovative medical societies in the United States, where physician membership, the critical measure of organizational health, has steadily grown. He is deeply involved with health care policy and legislation at the county, state and federal level. He served as the chair of the California Medical Executive Committee for two years.

Tom is the board chairman of the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross.

He is a member of San Diego’s Downtown Rotary Club, where he has chaired the “Rotarians at Work” committee. He serves on the Public Policy, Legislative/Small Business, and Health Care committees of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Tom is fluent in German and French.

He lives in Point Loma with his wife of 28 years, Dr. Catherine D. Moore, and their 13 year old son, Ted.