Ted Sukhdeo, PharmD ‘22 May 26, 2022
Doctor of Pharmacy
Ted Sukhdeo (PharmD ’22) didn’t let a childhood marked by family members’ illness
and death deter him from seeking a career in health care. In fact, these circumstances
spurred him on to becoming a pharmacist.
When Sukhdeo was just four years old, his mother sustained disabling physical injuries
in a serious car accident. Sukhdeo went to live with his grandmother for a time until
she succumbed to cancer two weeks after she was diagnosed.
“It struck me pretty hard because my grandmother never missed a doctor’s appointment,”
he said. “I could not understand how all the regular doctor visits, lab work and physical
examinations did not pick up that my grandmother had cancer.” The cancer was so advanced
that his grandmother did not qualify for treatment.
Sukhdeo’s interest in health care ignited. When he was a young man, his uncle suggested
that he consider a pharmacy career so he sought work as a pharmacy technician.
“Day in and day out, I saw the direct impact a pharmacist has on patient lives. Pharmacists
are the most accessible healthcare providers,” he said. “And with the vigor of training
pharmacists receive, we can have a great impact on patient health outcomes.”
Following that experience, he decided to apply to pharmacy school, choosing PCOM Georgia due to its location, small campus, class size and faculty.
He recalled, “When I initially visited PCOM Georgia in the fall, I could see the change of seasons first hand and observe how beautiful
it was here. Additionally,” he said, “everyone within the school made me feel like
I really belonged here. They made me feel like this is where I want to be if I want
to be successful and supported.”
When Sukhdeo was a student pharmacist, his mother became ill. They consulted a physician,
and Sukhdeo found that he was able to diagnose her appropriately and suggest therapy
to improve her condition. “I aspire to not only do that for my loved ones, but for
every patient I encounter,” he said.
Following graduation, Sukhdeo will complete a PGY-1 pharmacy residency with the PCOM
School of Pharmacy/Wellstar North Fulton residency program. He plans to practice as
an ambulatory care pharmacist and become board certified.
Sukhdeo’s mother inspires him. “At a very young age, my mother went through a traumatic
ordeal that left her jobless and on government assistance with three young children,”
he said. His parents separated, and his family was homeless for a time, living with
“Nonetheless, with the help of my mother’s family, we were back into a stable home
with my mother providing a loving, nurturing and productive household. She always
found a way to be there for me,” he said.
Today, Sukhdeo’s sister is a nurse practitioner, his brother is an engineer and he
is a pharmacist.
“How did a single mother on government assistance, no car, and physical disabilities
raise us?” he mused. “When there is something I feel like I cannot do or when I am
down, I think about how hard my mother worked to get us all here in life. Nothing
that I go through can compare to how hard she had it and I refuse to complain. I just
get it done. If she could do it in her physical shape, why can’t I?”
Sukhdeo believes that his work ethic sets him apart. While attending pharmacy school,
he worked 25+ hours a week, volunteered, held leadership roles in professional organizations
and kept his grades up. He leaves this advice for incoming student pharmacists. “Pharmacy
school is anything but easy, but I can guarantee that if you put in the work, it will
pay off. Do not rely on anyone else to get you where you want to be. It is all on
you. Speaking from experience, if you put in the work, you will definitely receive