Famous Migraineurs: Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Did you know Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN (Cable News Network) has Migraines? Dr. Gupta, son of Damyanti and Subhash Gupta, was born on October 23, 1969, in Novi, Michigan. His parents were immigrants from India and Pakistan who worked for the Ford Motor Company. The Gupta family is very proud that Damyanti was the first female engineer hired by Ford. The Gupta’s encouraged a strong work ethic in their family.
Dr. Gupta grew up in Novi, Michigan, which is located just outside Detroit. He was an avid reader as a young boy, spending many hours in the library reading almost anything he could get his hands on. While a Gupta was a teen, his grandfather became ill and was hospitalized where Gupta was a frequent visitor. He became enthralled with everything the medical staff did to make his grandfather feel better and was captivated by the neurosurgeons. After the doctors explained how they were going to surgically help his grandfather return to better health, Gupta knew he had found his calling in life. He wanted to become a neurosurgeon and help people just the way the doctors helped his grandfather. He graduated from Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, Michigan in 1988.
After high school, he attended the University of Michigan, Inteflex Program. This was a combination undergraduate and medical school program to be completed in seven years. During his time at Michigan, he wrote for the university’s newspaper about health care issues and contributed articles to The Economist. These articles delved into medical care in the United States and other countries as well. Gupta’s writings caught the eye of former President Clinton (who was governor of Arkansas at the time) and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The three met in the late 1980’s. In 1997, Gupta received a White House Fellowship during Clinton’s second term, where he became a special advisor to Hillary Rodham Clinton. As a special advisor, his primary job was to prepare speeches on health care and medical issues for the first lady. After this position, he completed his fellowship the University of Michigan and finished his medical degree. He continued to work as a fellow at the university medical center. Dr. Gupta also finished a fellowships at the Semmes-Murphy Clinic and the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Gupta is a staff member at the Emory University School of Medicine and performs surgery on a routine basis and at Grady Memorial Hospital. He is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady. Gupta joined CNN in 2001 to cover medical news for the station. Some of his first stories involved the September 11, 2011, attacks; where he reported from New York and then went on to cover the anthrax attacks. In 2003, he was deeply involved with a U.S. Navy group known as the “Devil Docs,” a medical unit where he covered stories from Kuwait and Iraq. It was with this group he gave the world a live look at the conditions in a military operating room. He performed what some have called ground-breaking surgery on wounded soldiers. Dr. Gupta has reported other stories such as the AIDS pandemic in 2004 and the group of 200 people who were trapped at Charity Hospital in New Orleans under horrific conditions by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. CNN received a Peabody Award for their coverage of the Charity Hospital events, thanks in part to Dr. Gupta’s contribution. In 2006, he received an Emmy Award for his report, Charity Hospital.
On May 15, 2004, Sanjay Gupta and Rebecca Olson were married in an expansive and ornate three-day traditional Hindu ceremony. They have three girls and reside in Georgia, but are very private about their family life. Dr. Gupta is currently the host of the half-hour CNN show House Call with Sanjay Gupta. His show is a tool for him to speak to the public about their health care and medical needs. In 2006, he participated in nationwide tours called the “New You Resolution” and “Fit Nation” (2007), which tried to motivate people to lead a more active lifestyle and eat healthier. Dr. Gupta has made it one of his missions to educate American’s on the dangers of obesity. In addition to being on CNN, he has also worked with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes, and done several documentaries. In 2007, he wrote a novel about the current fascination of eternal youth, Chasing Life.
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Last updated October 19, 2011.
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