Wife, Leela Baikadi; children, Alok Baikadi, Ph.D., Megha Baikadi
and Ashwin Baikadi,
Post Graduate Training: Crozer Chester Medical Center, Internship
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Radiation Oncology Residency, Chief Resident
Education: M.D. Kasturba Medical College, India
Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
Fellowship: Radiation Oncology, Duke University Medical Center
Resides: North Abington Twp.
Career experience: Clinical Radiation Oncologist since 1980
What types of cancer do you treat? All types. My primary interest is Brachytherapy - delivering radiation with radioactive isotopes.
Why did you choose this career? Radiation Oncology was rarely taught at the undergraduate level. When my father came down with Head and Neck cancer, he was treated with a Cobalt machine (the technology of radiation oncology at the time), and that led me to this specialty.
Most challenging aspect of your job? Discussing disease progression and treating children with cancer.
Most rewarding aspect? Treating difficult cases with favorable outcomes.
What’s it like practicing in Northeast PA? The people are the best- friendly, cooperative and very charming. I love the friendly faces.
What is unique about your patient care? We’re dedicated most exclusively to treatment of various types of cancer. Dealing with one heterogeneous disease entity is unique in a medical specialty.
Describe your involvement with the National Surgical Breast and Bowel Project: I have enrolled patients in all different cooperative clinical trials and authored several publications and articles.
What are your career aspirations? Clinical radiation oncology and contribution to clinical research
Who is your professional role model? Dr. Lawrence Einhorn- Professor Emeritus: Medical Oncology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. A great teacher and intellectual, credited with new treatment for testicular cancer.
Favorite food/restaurant? Taco Bell
Favorite Quote? “I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and non-violence are as old as the hills.” -Mahatma Gandhi (M.K.Gandhi)
Favorite aspect of NEPA? On a Saturday afternoon… bike riding, social interactions with friends and family.
Hobbies: Gardening, landscaping