A practicing neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is perhaps best known as the senior medical correspondent for health and medicine at CNN. His work at the news channel plays an integral role in helping millions of viewers understand the newest advances in medical science and personal health.
Gupta has been on assignment for some of the biggest breaking news stories of the last five years. Just months after joining CNN, he was covering the 9/11 attacks, bringing viewers important news about anthrax. He reported live from Sri Lanka during the 2004 tsunami, and contributed to CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina. One of Gupta’s segments debunked official reports that New Orleans’ Charity Hospital had been completely evacuated; in fact more than 200 patients remained there for five days after the hurricane hit.
During the war in Iraq, Gupta has reported as an embedded correspondent with the U.S. Navy’s medical unit. He provided live coverage of the first operation performed during the war-and Gupta himself performed brain surgery five times while there. His coverage appeared in a CNN Presents documentary, and he will serve as executive producer on an upcoming original movie about the unit.
When not on location, Gupta delivers daily segments for CNN and hosts his own show, House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. He also writes a column for TIME, hosts a weekly podcast on iTunes, Paging Dr. Gupta, and produces New You Resolution, a series of prime-time specials for CNN that challenges people to kick their unhealthy habits, whether it’s quitting smoking or taking up exercise. His passion for improving America’s health also inspired him to launch Fit Nation, CNN’s ongoing, multi-platform, grass roots initiative against obesity.
Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty of the department of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and performs surgery weekly at Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital, where he serves as chief of neurosurgery. He received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Michigan Medical Center, and is a member the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Council of Foreign Relations.
In 1997, Gupta was chosen as a White House Fellow, one of only 15 appointed, and served as special advisor to The First Lady. He has won the Humanitarian Award from the National Press Photographers Association and been named by People magazine as “One of The Sexiest Men Alive.” His first book, Chasing Life, is set for a 2007 release.
Gupta currently resides in Atlanta.
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