2007 Horizon Award Recipient 
Soon Bahrami
B.S. 1997, Psychology

Soon Bahrami will tell you that her family “epitomizes the American dream”.  Bahrami was just one year old when she and her parents arrived in the United States from Iran. She vows to never forget her “humble beginnings” which eventually brought her and her family to Fargo, North Dakota. Now Bahrami has a lot to be proud of—graduating with a 4.0 GPA from NDSU in 1997 with a B.S. in Psychology and then earning an M.D. from the University of North Dakota, Bahrami both conducts innovative research in the fields of Dermatology and Pathology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine where she is faculty, and involved in the education of medical students and young physicians. While attending NDSU she was active in various organizations and honor societies including: Blue Key, Bison Ambassadors, Pre-Med Club, Mortar Board, Phi Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi.

While completing residencies in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as an internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Louisville, Bahrami was recognized as a leader in her field by the Young Leader Award from the College of American Pathologists and the Golden Apple Resident Teaching Award given to her three years consecutively for her excellence in teaching medical students and young physicians. Bahrami also held several leadership roles as a resident, including Chief Resident and President of the House Staff Council.

Bahrami’s excellence as a resident enabled her to obtain an exclusive fellowship at Indiana University where she gained experience and began to focus her research on the diagnosis of diseases and cancers of the skin. Bahrami’s special interest in this specific area of medicine had been recognized by a Specialized Training Grant given by the College of American Pathologists where she spent time at Yale University School of Medicine.

Bahrami met her husband, Joe Workman when they were both inducted into the NDSU Mortar Board National Honor Society. They reside in Louisville, KY.  In her free time Bahrami enjoys traveling, reading and college sports. She is also a College of American Pathologist’s Spokesperson and does media interviews related to medical topics.




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