BY KELLEY PRINS
Dr. Sandeep “Sunny” Sekhon travelled many miles to pursue his education before taking the road that led him right back home to Fresno where he grew up. He graduated from Clovis High and at 18 years old knew that he wanted to become a physician. He attended college in India before completing an Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess, Harvard Medical School.
Private practice in gastroenterology was not his original goal. Initially his focus was on an academic career and he was well on his way to becoming a professor of medicine when he and his wife, Dr. Amandeep Sekhon, had their first child. Realizing how little time a future in academics would allow him to have with his family, he re-evaluated his many options. Finding a healthy balance between his career in medicine and his growing family became his top priority.
Dr. Sekhon joined Dr. Ajit Arora and Dr. Pradnya Mitroo at Fresno Gastroenterology Associates in 2011 where he had an immediate positive impact. Bringing the latest skills and technology, he introduced Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS), an innovative diagnostic tool, to Clovis Community. As one of the few physicians able to provide advanced diagnosis of pancreatic disease using EUS, he is a leader in his field. In fact, he is the only private practice physician using this sophisticated technology in the Clovis/Fresno area.
Dr. Sekhon loves the quality of life that comes with living here, and actively encourages other physicians to explore what Clovis has to offer. Since he learned early on in his career how important time with his family is, he cherishes the opportunities he has for his two daughters, aged 5 and 8. He is a hands-on dad whose daughters can frequently be spotted in his office after school. And there’s more to come…his family is growing again as they anxiously anticipate the birth of their third child.
Sunny’s love for learning and teaching continues. Currently he gives continuing education lectures to the Clovis endoscopy nurses on EUS. He is also in the planning stages of a comprehensive Gastroenterology Symposium scheduled for late spring, 2014 which will be held in the new education center on the Clovis campus. Dr. Sekhon anticipates that this conference will be an annual event which will continue to bring the latest and best in Gastroenterology to Clovis.