S.K. Radhakrishnan trained and practised as a physical therapist in India before coming to the United States in 1994. After 13 years of practice as a contract physical therapist in the Midwest, he attained physician assistant training at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI from 2002-2004. He was awarded the Physician Assistant Foundation Scholarship at the 2004 Donors & Scholars Luncheon. Also, 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 in 2004 after being accepted into the Duke Postgraduate PA Surgical Residency Program. After successful completion of the residency program, he began his career as a surgical PA for Dr. Allan Friedman in the Department of Neurosurgery. He promptly volunteered to help teach 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 Program. He served as the program director of the Duke Postgraduate PA Surgical Residency Program from 2013 to 2023 and was instrumental in getting the residency program accredited by ARC-PA. Currently, he is the administrative chief and clinical neurosurgical PA in the Department of Neurosurgery.