This story was edited to reflect that Eric. R. Hansen is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.

Among the many “stars” in the High Desert is Eric R. Hansen, D.O., who was recently sworn in as president of the San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS). On June 23, nearly 200 guests gathered at the Mission Inn in Riverside for the induction ceremony.

Hansen, whose practice is in Hesperia, said it was the honor of lifetime.

“I am so very honored to lead this society, which is the ultimate representation of the best of organized medicine,” said Hansen. “When our physicians work together to impact advocacy and policy, ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,’ to quote Aristotle.

“Our mutual goal is to make our healthcare system as strong and resilient as possible to ensure a healthy and productive region.”

Along with his family practice, Hansen also serves as chair of the Solo and Small Group Practice Forum for the statewide California Medical Association (CMA), which is the umbrella organization for SBCMS.

He is a board certified primary care physician, who graduated in 1999 from the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Hansen was recently awarded the accreditation of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice.

He said when it comes to helping his patients heal, he believes in integrating their self-healing abilities into his approach and focuses on treating the cause of their illnesses as opposed to just the symptoms.

He looks forward to having more opportunities to share his medical wisdom through his new position as president of SBCMS

“I am excited to take our medical society forward and enhance the quality of life for all of our citizens,” Hansen said.

SBCMS was established in 1878 and is the seventh largest medical society in California and the county arm of the California Medical Association. The organization’s mission is to promote the science and art of medicine, as well as the care and well-being of patients and the betterment of the medical profession.

SBCMS and CMA combine to form the strongest physician membership organization in the state for medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, resident and medical students. Together, these organizations represent a comprehensive program of legislative, legal, regulatory, economic and social advocacy. Their programs provide members with necessary support to establish and maintain successful medical practices, which lead to a higher quality of medical care with greater access for California patients.

For more information about SBCMS, visit www.sbcms.org or call 909-273-6000.