Melissa Gerdes, M.D.

Melissa Gerdes, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Whitehouse, Texas, and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

Gerdes has been a participant in the AAFP’s two-year, $8-million practice redesign initiative, TransforMed, since April 2006.

Gerdes practices with the Trinity Clinic, where she serves as medical director of primary care enhancement. She is also a staff physician at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas.

Gerdes has been active with the AAFP since 1992. She has served the AAFP by participating as a New Physician Delegate to Congress of Delegates, and as the Texas New Physician Delegate to National Conference on Special Constituencies.

In addition to her service with the AAFP, Gerdes is an active member of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP), for which she currently serves on the executive committee as vice president. She has served the TAFP as chair and vice chair of the Membership Commission, chaired the Section of Special Constituencies and the Section on Resident Affairs and served as a member of the Legislative Commission.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, Gerdes earned her medical degree at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, where she graduated cum laude, in 1996. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler, Texas, in 1999. Gerdes is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

Gerdes is active in her community. She chairs the Whitehouse Community Health Council, which she founded, and also serves on the Whitehouse Independent School District’s Health Advisory Council.