Indian-origin 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. 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 opioid crisis, Pandemic outbreaks, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and medicinal marijuana.
Since 2001, Dr. Gupta has covered the most important health stories in the United States and around the world. In 2017, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported from the front lines of a breakdown in the medical infrastructure of Puerto Rico, devastated by Hurricane Maria. He also broke the news about Senator John McCain’s diagnosis with Glioblastoma.
Forbes magazine has named him as one of the “Ten Most Influential Celebrities”
When the earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, Gupta flew into Kathmandu to cover the aftermath. 2014, he travelled to Conakry Guinea Africa to investigate the deadly Ebola outbreak that would soon find its way the US for the first time.
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 Emmys. 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 travelled to Baghdad. He provided live coverage of the first battle field 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’s passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch “Fit Nation,” CNN’s multi-platform lifestyle initiative on his weekly series, “Sanjay Gupta, MD”, which was nominated 4 times for a daytime Emmy award
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.
Gupta is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, “Chasing Life” (2007), “Cheating Death” (2009) and “Monday Mornings” (2012).
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”.