San Jose Speaker Series
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, M.D.
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN; Journalist, Author, & Neurosurgeon
Thursday, November 21st, 2019
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 has 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.