2016 AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Award Winner

September 18, 2016

The list of adjectives used to describe Jonathan Bardahl, OMS IV, by his mentors and colleagues include, but are certainly not limited to, Passionate. Innovative. Dedicated. Compassionate.  His experience and unique approach to leadership distinguishes him in the osteopathic community. 



“He looks enthusiastically toward his career in medicine and describes his anticipated professional future vividly and passionately.” Says John N. Kasimos, DO, Chair and Professor of the Department of Pathology at Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU/CCOM) where Bardhal is currently enrolled. 

Bardhal’s leadership experience began before medical school where he volunteered as a Sunday school teacher as his local church. As an osteopathic medical student, Jonathan served as Vice President for the Midwestern University Student Senate and then as liaison for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). He has organized several events on campus to engage students.  Moving through medical school he has continued his involvement with SOMA as the CCOM Chapter President and now serves as the Foundation Director of Scholarships and Grants. In addition John has been integral in fundraising for Midwestern’s St. Baldrick’s Day for childhood cancer, where under his leadership the school raised the most they ever have; nearly $100,000. 



He has received the Midwestern University Spirit of Service Scholarship and the Midwestern University General Scholarship, which are two of the most competitive scholarships on campus. He is known for recognizing the best qualities in people and identifying ways to help them see their own strengths, approaching everything with compassion and dedication. This has been seen through his experience in various volunteer capacities. 



Serving as a mentor, a teacher and avid volunteer in his community, Bardahl has dedicated most of his career to giving back and seeing that others live of a life of happiness. “Osteopathic medicine trains physicians to not only focus on the disease in question but to address all aspects of the patient’s life and to help lead them to live a life filled with happiness and healthiness” says Bardahl. 



For his outstanding academic achievements and leadership, the American Osteopathic Foundation is please to award, Jonathan Bardahl, OMS IV with the 2016 AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Award. 

Jonathan Bardahl, OMS IV
Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine