Dr. Sanjay Gupta – CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent
Sanjay Gupta (born October 23, 1969) is an Indian American neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
Gupta grew up in Novi, Michigan, in suburban Detroit. His parents, Subhash and Damyanti Gupta, moved from India to Michigan to work as engineers for the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn in the 1960s. His mother was the first female engineer to work in Ford Motor Company. Gupta received his undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical Center in 1993. He was part of Inteflex, a 6-year program combining pre-medical and medical school that accepted students directly from high school. He completed his residency in neurological surgery within the University of Michigan Health System in 2000.
In January 2009, it was reported that Gupta was offered the position of Surgeon General in the Obama administration. In March 2009, Gupta withdrew his name from consideration for the post. From 1997 to 1998, he served as one of fifteen White House Fellows, primarily as an advisor to Hillary Clinton.
He is known as a media personality on health-related issues based in Atlanta, Georgia and best known as CNN’s chief medical correspondent, hosting the network’s weekend health program House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and making frequent appearances on their American Morning, Larry King Live, and Anderson Cooper 360° programs. His reports from Charity Hospital in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina helped “Charity Hospital” win a 2006 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast.” Additionally, Gupta publishes a column in Time Magazine and is a special correspondent for CBS News. His book Chasing Life was a New York Times and national bestseller.
While he has been the subject of some criticism in the media, Dr. Gupta is without a doubt the highest profile doctor of Indian origin in the United States.
Source: Sanjay Gupta, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sanjay_Gupta&oldid=335345263 (last visited Jan. 3, 2010).