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.
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 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."
Named a “pop culture icon” by USA Today, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is perhaps the most media-savvy physician working today. Gupta is a broadcaster, writer, podcaster, and web-contributor, all of which places him in a unique position to examine why certain health-related stories make the headlines and others don’t. In this presentation, he takes a hard look at the media’s role in conveying sometimes frightening information, such as the H1N1 global pandemic and the post-9/11 incidents involving anthrax.
Having reported from the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and a post-9/11 New York City, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been present at many key moments that have shaped who we are. In this presentation, Gupta shares with audiences his first-hand experience on the dangers and importance of reporting from locations where the health of thousands is at stake. Gupta contributed to CNN’s award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina, was on the ground in Haiti only hours after the earthquake, filed reports from Kuwait immediately after a low-flying missile hit a shopping mall there and served in Iraq as an embedded correspondent with the U.S. Navy’s medical unit, the “Devil Docs.”
Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s concern about the gradual decline of health in average Americans due to obesity inspired him to launch the highly successful Fit Nation on CNN. Starting as a one-hour special, Fit Nation has been expanded into one of America’s most successful grass roots initiatives against obesity, and throughout 2010, will follow the progress of Gupta and CNN viewers as they inspire each other towards better fitness. In this presentation, Gupta traces the social and health-related factors that contribute to the fattening of America, and then explains how we might, and why we must, reverse this unhealthy trend, especially in children.