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 who you would like to know more about, or perhaps a question that you would like us to ask, please let us know.
Christina Baik specializes in the treatment of lung and head and neck cancer. She first started seeing patients here at SCCA in 2011. Not long after she was born in Korea, her family moved to Costa Rica where her father—a Presbyterian pastor—was sent to minister to the small Korean community in San Jose. When she was in the seventh grade, her family moved to Reno, Nevada. Dr. Baik attended the University of Puget Sound, where she studied biology and music. She received her MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and her Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Learn more about Dr. Baik’s clinical and research expertise here.
What’s the last book you read?
I am going through Prince of Caspian: the Return to Narnia. I find classic fantasy novels to be quite fascinating – being lost in a world beyond ours in these novels can be quite refreshing. I must admit though that I am often distracted by Netflix – totally into The West Wing these days.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love hiking and exploring new hiking trails. There are so many in Washington and I feel really blessed to be living here. I also enjoy just being in my recliner and spending a lazy day with no plans. I am really a homebody at heart.
Do you have a personal motto?
Live a life of grace and generosity. None of us are perfect and we live in an imperfect world. Let’s make the best out of it!
Who is the person you most admire?
My mother. She is the most energetic and curious person that I know. We don’t always see eye to eye, but I admire the passion she brings to all she does. I just hope I can be as full of life as she is when I am her age.
What is your favorite place to go in Seattle?
I must say that I have too many places to name one. But I always find myself in awe when I drive south down I-5 on a sunny day and find myself face to face with the awesome view of snow capped Rainier.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to spend some extended time in Costa Rica. I spent part of my childhood there and have wonderful memories that still bring me warmth.
What is your favorite restaurant?
There is a Korean restaurant called Ka-Won in Lynnwood where the food is very good and pretty authentic – although can be pretty spicy too.
Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?
I must say… Red Sox! (sorry…)
iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone?
I’m not much of a gadget person. I had a flip phone until about a year ago when people told me to join the 21st century and buy an iPhone. I probably would still be happy with a regular phone.
What career could you see yourself in if you weren’t an oncologist?
Probably a teacher. I think I would have been a good junior high history teacher.