Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta is known as an American neurosurgeon and medical reporter. He is most famous for his role as the Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN.

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Family and Background

Sanjay Gupta is a native of Michigan, born in the year 1969. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and later received his doctorate in Medicine from the Medical School of Michigan University. Sanjay Gupta married Rebecca Olson Gupta, who is an attorney specializing in family law. They got married in the year 2004 and resided in Atlanta with their three daughters.

Early Life and Education

Gupta was born in the Detroit suburb of Novi, Michigan. Subhash and Damyanti Gupta met in Livonia, Michigan, where they worked as engineers for Ford Motor Company, in the 1960s, before marrying. His mother was born in the hamlet of Tharushah in Sindh (now Pakistan), but as a Hindu refugee during India's Partition, she escaped to India at five. Gupta and his younger brother Suneel both graduated from Novi High School, and Gupta earned a Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1993. He was a member of Inteflex, a now-defunct accelerated medical education program that took students straight out of high school.

Gupta was a member of the Men's Glee Club and served as an orientation leader for the freshmen orientation program while an undergraduate. He was also president of the Indian American Students Association (IASA), currently the second-largest student group. Gupta finished his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Michigan Health System in 2000, then went on to the Semmes Murphy Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, for a fellowship. Gupta plays the accordion after ten years of instruction, as he said in a Playboy interview with David Hochman.

Career and Net Worth

Before working as a medical correspondent on CNN, Gupta did his neurosurgical fellowships at the University Of Michigan Medical Centre and the Semmes - Murphey Clinic located in Tennessee. He was the special advisor to First Lady Hillary Clinton when he was selected as the White House Fellow in 1997.

Gupta started working with CNN in the year 2001. He had reported on the September 11 attacks and was with the medical unit in Iraq and Kuwait. Gupta provided live coverage of the first operation done when the Iraq war was underway and has so far done five brain surgeries in the desert. He has covered the tsunami-affected regions in Japan, emphasizing the medical and radiation effects, and reported the Haiti earthquake and floods in Pakistan.

Sanjay Gupta is part of the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, and a member of the American Association of Neurosurgical Surgeons, the Council of Foreign Relations, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Gupta is a diplomat of the American Board of Neurosurgery and is a board member of the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Foundation.

Sanjay Gupta is also an author and has written three books called Chasing Life, Chasing Death, and Monday Mornings, all of them being bestsellers. He also writes for the CBS news magazine called '60 Minutes'.

Gupta was involved in a few controversies during his career, including the incident where he was criticized for his inept reporting on the McCain health plan and the argument involving multiple medical screenings advocated by him. His promotion of the vaccine Gardasil for cervical cancer was also criticized for his alleged covering up of CNN and the pharmaceutical company. Recently, he apologized for not acknowledging the health benefits of marijuana in the documentary 'WEED.'


Gupta has been honored with several prestigious awards during his career as a journalist and neurosurgeon. He won the Alfred I. DuPont Columbia Award in the year 2005 for his coverage of the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka. Gupta also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Feature Story in 2006. He won the Peabody Award for reporting on Hurricane Katrina in 2006. In 2010, Gupta won an award for reporting on the Gulf Oil disaster. In 2003, he appeared on People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive and USA Today's pop culture icon list. He has also won the Humanitarian Award and the Journalist of the year award in 2004.

Quick Facts
Marital Status: Married
Profession: Medical correspondent
Children: Three daughters
Wife: Rebecca Olson Gupta
Date of Birth: October 23, 1969
Nationality: American
Employer: CNN, CNN Health
Birth Date: 23 Oct, 1969
Age: 50 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Novi
residence: Atlanta
Gender: Male
Description: Journalist, medical correspondent, neurosurgeon
Twitter Id: SanjayguptaCNN
Spouse: Rebecca Olson Gupta [M. 2004]
Net Worth 2020: 8 million
Net Worth 2021: 12 million
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Last Modified: Aug 6 2021
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