Alumni Spotlight: Kushal Kadakia

Alumni Spotlight: Kushal Kadakia
Posted on 11/20/2018
KushalLawrence, Keith (2018, November 18). "Three Duke seniors named Rhodes Scholars." Duke Today. Retrieved from

Kushal Kadakia, a Clear Lake High School graduate and current Duke University senior, was chosen as one of only 32 recipients for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. The Rhodes Scholarship provides for all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

Kadakia, a 2018 Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner, is the recipient of a four-year, merit-based Angier B. Duke Scholarship and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. He is also one of three 2018 Faculty Scholars in the Duke senior class, an honor bestowed by the Duke faculty on the basis of excellence in the classroom and in independent research.  

Kadakia is preparing for a career in medicine and public policy by completing the requirements for medical school as well as double majoring in biology and public policy, with a minor in public health. He led the successful campaign to make Duke a smoke-free campus and has been involved with research through four different positions -- one in health policy, one in innovation policy, one in a cardiology laboratory and one in a radiation oncology laboratory.

In addition, Kadakia served as Duke Student Government vice president and as chair of the Duke Honor Council, and is a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees, the Duke Presidential Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility, and the Duke Undergraduate Conduct Board.

Kadakia is committed to pursuing research and policy to make health care access more equitable, and as a Rhodes Scholar he plans to pursue graduate studies in medicine and public policy. Eventually, he intends to enter public service and apply his clinical and policy training to transform health care at the macro level. 

“I am beyond humbled to have been elected a 2019 Rhodes Scholar,” Kadakia said. “I am forever thankful to my village of friends and mentors at Duke who have challenged and inspired me over these past three years. I look forward to embracing the Rhodes Scholarship’s mission to ‘fight the world's fight’ through scholarship and service in health policy.”

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