Sanjay Gupta, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory School of Medicine and associate chief of neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital, navigates a busy schedule as a practicing doctor and the internationally known face of health reporting for CNN.
Next week, on Nov. 18, Gupta shares his story and discusses his new book at a book signing event at Emory. His book is titled â€œCheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds.â€
In a recent article, Emory Magazine profiles Gupta and remarkable journey:
- Gupta can barely disguise the wonder he still feels when he ponders the complex circuitry of the human brain. And he can barely contain the wonder he feels when he is called upon to care for a patient, the way he saw doctors care for his grandfather.
- â€œI love the intellectual challenge of it. I love the technical challenge of it. But at the end of the dayâ€”if someone comes in with a tumor or some kind of chronic pain issue that I can help in some wayâ€”thatâ€™s a remarkable feeling,â€ he says. â€œI operated all day Monday, and I walked home and told my wife all about my day, and itâ€™s one of the most satisfying things I can do.â€
Barely sixteen when he was accepted into an accelerated program to enter medical school, Gupta fast-tracked his career along parallel yet complementary paths. He wanted to be a great doctor and a great communicator. He wanted to heal patients, and he wanted to hear them.
- Those interests synthesized when he joined CNN as its chief medical correspondent. With his straightforward yet reassuring manner, he has become the nationâ€™s calm voice of medical reasonâ€”a doctor who possesses the rare ability to talk to the camera as if he were talking to a patient. He speaks, and somehow we believe he wouldnâ€™t mind taking all the time in the world to help us separate facts from fears.