Neurosurgeon, public health policy expert and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits SMU Tuesday, Nov. 27 for the 2012-13 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. He will give the Jones Day Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.
Based in Atlanta, Gupta plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for shows including “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien,” “Anderson Cooper 360°,” and network documentaries. In addition, he anchors the weekend medical affairs program “Sanjay Gupta, M.D.” Gupta also contributes to CNN.com and CNNHealth.com. He has reported from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan and provided live coverage of the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan in 2010. He earned two Emmy Awards for his reporting in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
In 2003, Gupta embedded with the U.S. Navy’s “Devil Docs” medical unit, reporting from Iraq and Kuwait as the unit traveled to Baghdad. He provided live coverage of the first operation performed during the war, and performed life-saving brain surgery five times himself in a desert operating room. In addition, he contributed to the network’s 2010 Peabody Award-winning coverage of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico – as well as its 2006 Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina, where his Charity Hospital coverage for “Anderson Cooper 360°” resulted in a 2006 News & Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Feature Story. In 2004, Gupta traveled to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami disaster that took more than 155,000 lives in Southeast Asia, contributing to CNN’s 2005 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award.
Gupta’s passion for inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives led him to launch “Fit Nation,” CNN’s multi-platform anti-obesity initiative. In 2011, “Fit Nation” follows the progress of Gupta and six CNN viewers as they inspire each other while training for a triathlon.
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. He holds memberships in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, a certified medical investigator, and a board member of the LiveStrong Foundation.
Before joining CNN, Gupta completed neurosurgical fellowships at the Semmes-Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute in Memphis and at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. In 1997, he was selected as a White House Fellow, serving as a special adviser to First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Gupta contributes to the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes” and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” He is the author of two best-selling books, Chasing Life (2007) and Cheating Death (2009), both of which became companion documentaries for CNN.
A native of the Detroit metropolitan area, Gupta earned his B.S. degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Michigan, where he also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2012 for his accomplishments in the medical field. He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.
The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. Gupta will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.
The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place. To ask Gupta a question via Twitter, send a tweet with the hashtag #SMUtateGupta. A moderator will ask some of these questions during the event.