Editor’s Note: “Five Minutes With” is a new series about SCCA’s staff and physicians that is designed to give our readers a look into the “non-clinical” side of the people who work at SCCA. If there’s a doctor or staff member that you would like to know more about, or perhaps a question that you would like us to ask, please let us know.
V.K. Gadi has been practicing at SCCA since its inception in 2001. Dr. Gadi was raised in Decatur, Alabama and is the son of an engineer who worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority and NASA. He’s a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of breast cancer, father of two daughters (5 and 9 years old), and once was a Seattle SuperSonics season ticket holder. Learn more about Dr. Gadi’s clinical and research expertise here.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Yoga, eating dinner, martial arts, poker, watching movies (not films).
Do you have a personal motto?
Ask forgiveness, not permission (an apt variation on Nike’s “just do it”). It gets me in trouble sometimes, but has probably made me who I am today.
Who is the person you most admire?
My wife. She is an intelligent, elegant woman who gracefully balances career and personal objectives. Moreover, she puts up with me, and for that alone she should get some sort of award.
What’s the last book you read?
I read fairly broadly (ask my patients – we often share titles), but nowadays it leans towards children’s literature. My five year old daughter and I just completed Boy, by Roald Dahl. It is an account of his early days growing up in England. It’s a book written for older children and adults, but she seemed to enjoy it so much.
What is your favorite place to go in Seattle?
My neighborhood. I’ve got great friends there and most times I am happy just to hang out with the wondrous individuals who live around us.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Right now, the Eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt. There’s so much history and I’ve never been. Looking forward to it hopefully once all the unrest settles down.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Canlis—pretty old school I know, but killer views, unfussy atmosphere, excellent service, and top-notch food. A real Seattle gem. And Rumba— I’m giving you a second location, because one can’t go to Canlis frequently without going broke. It’s a rum bar. Nothing more to say after that!
Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?
Sonics – I am still hurting.
iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone?
iPhone, but my commitment is weak.
What career could you see yourself in if you weren’t an oncologist?
ESPN sports anchor – pretty vapid, but I can’t help myself. So I’ll stick to being a oncologist/researcher/professor type.