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.
Jonathan Wright specializes in the treatment of bladder and prostate cancer. He’s been treating patients here at SCCA for the last seven years. A Washington native and devout Husky fan, Wright was raised in Yakima. He attended Boston College and graduated with a degree in economics–he was also captain of the varsity tennis team in his senior year there. Dr. Wright received his medical degree at the University of Washington. He’s married, has three children, and lives on the Eastside. Dr. Wright is also the leader of MoDAWGs, a team that comes together every November in support of Movember. Learn more about Dr. Wright’s clinical and research expertise here.
What’s the last book you read?
The Man in the Iron Mask
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Playing tennis and golf. I love to eat, so I have to exercise to keep my weight down, so I run a lot. It’s an easy way in a short amount of time to get some exercise and get back to my family.
Head, Wilson or Prince?
Do you have a personal motto?
“Live with Intention.” It was my mother’s motto as she fought cancer for 10 years. She did it to the fullest and I have a responsibility to continue it for her.
Who is the person you most admire?
My father. He was an Army infantryman from the Vietnam war who returned and went to law school and became a tax attorney. He taught me everything I know about hard work, love of family, and personal responsibility.
What is your favorite place to go in Seattle?
What is your favorite restaurant?
I’m very partial to the Metropolitan Grill. I know it’s important to limit the amount of red meat we have, but I love a good steak, a Caesar salad and a glass of red wine. We also like Jak’s Grill.
Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?
I’m a huge fan of all three as a native of Washington state. Can’t leave Husky Football off that list, I grew up writing letters to Don James.
What career could you see yourself in if you weren’t an oncologist?
Within medicine, it would be a family doctor. Outside of medicine, I could have been an economist.
You say why, I say why not! It’s a no-brainer. It’s a cause about raising awareness about men’s health and subsequently helping advance research for prostate and testicular cancer. We all know that men hate to go the doctor–I hate to go to the doctor, and young men don’t want to go to the doctor. And yet we all need to go and get regular checkups for preventive care. Prostate cancer is the number one cancer diagnosed in men. It’s the number two killer of men. Testicular cancer is the number one solid tumor in men under the age of 35. If those are not enough reasons to get behind a campaign that supports men’s health, I don’t know what is.