When Senthil Radhakrisnan, PA-C, was nominated for a Presidential Award, 15 letters of recommendation were submitted by his Duke Neurosurgery colleagues. Here are a few excerpts:
Known as “Gentle Senthil” by his co-workers and his patients, the physician assistant comes from a long line of doctors – 10 generations, to be exact. He was set to start medical school himself when a family friend suggested he might enjoy physical therapy more. After shadowing an orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist, he saw the difference he could make. Against his mother’s wishes, he turned down his medical school acceptance and became a PT.
Senthil said it was a “mid-life crisis” 10 years later that led him to change course again and become a physician assistant. He’s now been at Duke for 13 years and is here to stay, he says, because the only thing he loves more than his job is the people he gets to work with.
On April 26, 2018, Senthil was awarded a Meritorious Service Award by Vince Price, president of Duke University, in recognition of outstanding job performance and distinctive contributions to Duke.