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Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN; Multiple Award-Winning Journalist, Author and Neurosurgeon

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Millions of loyal viewers follow and know him as Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the multiple Emmy-award winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, and as their go-to authority for major developments in medicine, personal health and health care.

He is a dedicated, global journalist and is passionate about inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives. His devotion to reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, has distinguished him as an integral reporter for audiences worldwide.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy award winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN. Gupta is also a practicing neurosurgeon at the Emory Clinic and the Associate Chief of Neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. Since 2001, Gupta has reported health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically, internationally and digitally. His medical training, public policy experience and literary style have informed his reporting and made his dispatches some of the most distinctive on television.

Since 2001, Gupta has reported from nearly every war zone and natural disaster in the world. From the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and the middle east to the earthquake in Haiti, Tsunami in Japan and Hurricane in Puerto Rico, to name just a few. As one of the first doctors to arrive in these disaster areas, Gupta is often asked to provide medical assistance, as he is done all over the world – including five battle field brain operations in Iraq.

Dr. Gupta was also the first western reporter to cover the Ebola outbreak in the west African country of Guinea in the throes of the outbreak.

Gupta has hosted dozens of documentary films often presenting issues to the global public about topics such as concussions, opioids, climate change -- and medical marijuana, through his multiple part, DuPont Award winning series, Weed.

Over the years, Gupta has written three books, all of which were NYTimes best sellers. He is set to publish his fourth, a book around brain training and Alzheimer’s Disease, early next year.

This year, Gupta released a new documentary film on HBO, called “One Nation, Under Stress.” Gupta also has a television show, called Chasing Life, where Gupta travels the globe looking for remarkable health practices around the world and bringing the remarkable and intimate stories to his viewers back home that airs every Saturday on CNN at 9pm.

Gupta is a proud Michigan Man, having completed his Medical School and 7 year Neurosurgical training program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He delivered commencement to an audience of 70,000 people in Michigan’s “Big House” in 2012. He worked in the Clinton White House as a White House Fellow, and served as a White House speech writer. Gupta also contributes to 60 Minutes on CBS, and serves as an executive producer for HBO.

Gupta was named one of People Magazine’s sexiest men alive, a pop culture icon by USA Today, and one of the ten most influential celebrities by Forbes Magazine.

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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.


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