BY CLAIRE HARPER // PHOTOGRAPHED BY KIM EVA
So, how then did the young aspiring doctor end up in Atlanta 25 years ago? It turns out he owes it all to a random stranger. “In 1996, I was flying to California for a medical school professor job interview when I picked up a magazine someone left in the seat pocket from the previous flight. The cover read something like ‘Atlanta: America’s Next Boomtown.’ There were several pages on the tremendous economic growth coming from the Olympics, the beautiful ‘city in a forest’ and the unique Southern charm. So, I decided to add Atlanta opportunities to my list,” recalls Sinha. “That city went from one I was reading about to the place I’ve called home for the last two and a half decades. I definitely owe that person a ‘thanks’ for leaving the magazine for me to find!”
When he isn’t working (which we must note isn’t often, having missed only three scheduled days of work in 30 years since his first job at 15, which were for the birth of his three children), Sinha is busy being an active member of the philanthropic community. In addition to being on the board of trustees for the Woodruff Arts Center and a councilor for the Carter Center, one of his most impressive charitable accolades is spearheading Food for Education’s Atlanta chapter, where he helped raise nearly $1 million to build food production facilities in schools in India. If he isn’t working or deep in charitable efforts, you’ll find the globe-trotting doctor planning his next worldly adventure or spending time with his family.
Doc Off the Clock
When he’s not leading successful practices and conquering philanthropic efforts, you can find Dr. Pradeep K. Sinha traveling the world. “I’ve been to over 50 countries… and I’m not even halfway done with all the places I want to go and things I want to do!” Here are just a few of the many exotic places he’s been, plus the next destination on his list.
“I went to the base camp of Mount Everest, which was absolutely amazing.”
“I’ve gone scuba diving in the Silfra Fissure in Iceland, which is between tectonic plates and touching two continents.”
“I’ve climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. That was incredible.”
“While in Africa, I swam to the very top edge of Victoria Falls in Devil’s Pool.”
“In December, I’m flying 1900 miles from the tip of Chile deep into Antarctica to see a total solar eclipse. I’ll do some fat-tire biking, hiking and, you know, just kind of hang on the continent of Antarctica for a while