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-Jonathan Kim, U.S. Navy

Harvard University
Doctor of Medicine

Learn more about Jonathan

Jonny found his calling in medicine during his service as a Navy SEAL medic in the Iraq War, where he was inspired by the skill and devotion of the physicians who saved his teammate’s lives. Following his service, he attended the University of San Diego and graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude in mathematics in 2012 and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2016.

A proud Tillman Scholar, Jonny understands the impact military veterans can have as future leaders in healthcare, and is committed to helping veterans reach that potential through his work as an academic mentor in the Service 2 School initiative. He is also an advocate for veteran’s health care, having served as an advisor to the Boston branch of the Joining Forces initiative, a White House program that aims to bring greater visibility to veteran issues.

In the military, Jonny served two deployments as a SEAL medic in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded the Naval Special Warfare Medic of the Year in 2006 by the Special Operations Medical Association, as well as the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor for his combat actions and medical service in Iraq. Inspired by the sacrifices of his fallen brothers, Jonny is driven to leave a contributing mark in this world. He continues his passion for healthcare and veteran advocacy at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

In June 2017, Jonny was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He will report for duty in August 2017. Watch an interview with Jonny to learn more about his path to becoming an Astronaut.