Arizona Speaker Series
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN; Journalist, Author, & Neurosurgeon
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy® award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN's reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN's shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to CNN.com. His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, including the recent Ebola outbreak, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, Dr. Gupta is the host of Vital Signs for
CNN International and Accent Health for Turner Private Networks.
In 2011, Gupta reported from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan, adding clarity and
context to the human impact and radiation concerns. In 2010, Gupta reported on the
devastating earthquake in Haiti, for which he was awarded two Emmy®s. His distinctive
reporting in 2010 also included live coverage on the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan.
Gupta joined CNN in the summer of 2001. He reported from New York following the attacks
on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. In 2003, he embedded with the U.S. Navy's "Devil Docs"
medical unit, reporting from Iraq and Kuwait as the unit traveled to Baghdad. He provided live
coverage of the first operation performed during the war, and performed life-saving brain
surgery five times himself in a desert operating room. In 2009, he embedded with the U.S.
Army's 82nd Airborne, accompanying them on life-saving rescue missions in Afghanistan.
Gupta contributed to the network's 2010 Peabody Award-winning coverage of the oil disaster
in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2006, Gupta contributed to CNN's Peabody Award-winning coverage
of Hurricane Katrina, revealing that official reports that Charity Hospital in New Orleans had
been evacuated were incorrect. His "Charity Hospital" coverage for Anderson Cooper 360°
resulted in his 2006 News & Documentary Emmy® for Outstanding Feature Story. In 2004,
Gupta was sent to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami disaster that took more than 155,000 lives
in Southeast Asia, contributing to the 2005 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for CNN. In
2015, Gupta was again awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for his enterprise
reporting showcased in the two hour primetime documentary "WEED."
Gupta's passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch
"Fit Nation," CNN's multi-platform anti-obesity initiative. In 2009, "Fit Nation" followed the
progress of Gupta and six CNN viewers as they inspired each other while training for a
triathlon. The program is now in its sixth year.
In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty at the Emory
University School of Medicine. He is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial
Hospital and regularly performs surgery at Emory University and Grady hospitals. He holds
memberships in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of
Neurological Surgeons and the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves as a diplomate of
the American Board of Neurosurgery and a certified medical investigator.
Before joining CNN, Gupta completed neurosurgical fellowship at the Semmes Murphey
Clinic and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In 1997, he was selected
as a White House Fellow, serving as a special advisor to First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Gupta contributes to the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes. He is the author of three New York
Times best-selling books, Chasing Life (2007), Cheating Death (2009) and Monday Mornings
In 2003, Gupta was named one of PEOPLE magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" and a "pop
culture icon" by USA Today. That same year, he also won the Humanitarian Award from the
National Press Photographers Association. In 2004, the Atlanta Press Club named him
"Journalist of the Year" and in 2009, he won both the first Health Communications
Achievement Award from the American Medical Association's Medical Communications
Conference and the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association for
Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). In 2010, Gupta was honored by John F.
Kennedy University with its Laureate Award for leaders in health and wellness. 2011, Forbes
magazine named him as one of the "Ten Most Influential Celebrities."
Gupta received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate of
medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School.