S.K. Radhakrishnan trained and practiced as a physical therapist in India before coming to the United States. After thirteen years of practice as a contract physical therapist, he attained physician assistant training at Wayne State University. The Wayne State University PA Program Faculty selected him as one "who is most likely to achieve clinical excellence while advancing the ethics & standards of the profession" and presented him with the "Professionalism Award" for the Class of 2004.
He came to Duke University Hospital after being accepted into the Duke Postgraduate PA Surgical Residency Program. After successful completion of the residency program, he began his career as a neurosurgical PA for Dr. Allan Friedman in the Department of Neurosurgery. Shortly after, S.K. Radhakrishnan was invited to be a guest lecturer for the Duke PA students.
In 2006, he was a recipient of the Duke Strength, Hope and Caring Award for the extraordinary provision of compassionate care for patients. In April 2018 he received the Meritorious Service Award for distinguished service to Duke. In August 2019, he received the “Henry ‘Buddy’ Lee Treadwell Award” for
Recognition of Excellence in Teaching at the Duke Physician Assistant
Currently, he is the administrative chief and clinical neurosurgical PA in the Department of Neurosurgery.
His volunteered contributions include work with Special Olympics and Duke Global Health’s neurosurgery mission to Uganda.
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