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Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN; Multiple Award-Winning Journalist, Author and Neurosurgeon

Millions of loyal viewers follow and know him as Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the multiple Emmy Award-winning Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN and the go-to authority for major developments in medicine, personal health, and health care.

Dr. Gupta is a practicing neurosurgeon and a dedicated global journalist who is passionate about inspiring Americans to lead healthier, more active lives. Gupta’s book, World War C: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One was called the “must-read book about COVID-19,” and his previous publication, Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age, was an instant best-seller and has recently been developed as a guided program, 12 Weeks to a Sharper You.

His devotion to reporting from war zones and natural disasters as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics has distinguished him as an integral reporter for audiences worldwide.

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In this presentation, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta offers an accessible, data-packed answer to our biggest questions about Covid-19: What have we learned about this pandemic and how can we prepare for—or prevent—the next one? This speech is inspired by his latest book.

Inspired by Dr. Gupta’s recent book, this presentation enlightens audiences on how to keep their brains young, healthy, and sharp with a science-driven approach to protecting your mind from decline.

Named a “pop culture icon” by USA Today, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is perhaps the most media-savvy physician working today. Gupta is a broadcaster, writer, podcaster, and web-contributor, all of which places him in a unique position to examine why certain health-related stories make the headlines and others don’t. In this presentation, he takes a hard look at the media’s role in conveying sometimes frightening information, such as the H1N1 global pandemic and the post-9/11 incidents involving anthrax.

Having reported from the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and a post-9/11 New York City, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been present at many key moments that have shaped who we are. In this presentation, Gupta shares with audiences his first-hand experience on the dangers and importance of reporting from locations where the health of thousands is at stake. Gupta contributed to CNN’s award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina, was on the ground in Haiti only hours after the earthquake, filed reports from Kuwait immediately after a low-flying missile hit a shopping mall there and served in Iraq as an embedded correspondent with the U.S. Navy’s medical unit, the “Devil Docs.”


Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy®-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN and host of the CNN podcast, Chasing Life. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally, and regularly contributes to

Since 2001, Gupta has covered some of the most important health stories in the United States and around the world. On March 9, 2020, Gupta penned an op-ed announcing the network would refer to the novel coronavirus outbreak as a “pandemic,” ahead of both the WHO and the CDC. Throughout 2020 into 2021, Gupta reaffirmed his role as a trusted guide to viewers worldwide on navigating between facts and fiction surrounding Covid-19 and the pandemic.

A few months after joining CNN, Gupta reported from New York following the 9/11 terror attacks. That fall, he broke several stories regarding the anthrax attacks. In 2003, he embedded with the US Navy’s “Devil Docs” medical unit, reporting from Iraq and Kuwait as the unit traveled to Baghdad. He provided live coverage of the first battlefield operation performed during the war and performed life-saving brain surgery five times in a desert operating room. In 2004, Gupta was sent to Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami that claimed more than 155,000 lives in Southeast Asia, contributing to the 2005 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for CNN.

In 2005, Gupta contributed to CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina, revealing that official reports that Charity Hospital in New Orleans had been evacuated were inaccurate. His “Charity Hospital” coverage for Anderson Cooper 360° resulted in his 2006 News & Documentary Emmy® for Outstanding Feature Story. That year, he also covered the Lebanon War. In 2007 and 2008, Gupta and Anderson Cooper co-hosted the global film series “Planet in Peril,” which examined the impact of climate change all over the world.

In 2009, Gupta embedded with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne, accompanying them on life-saving rescue missions in Afghanistan. In 2010, Gupta reported on the devastating earthquake in Haiti, for which he was awarded two Emmy® awards. His distinctive reporting in 2010 also included live coverage on the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan. He also contributed to the network’s 2010 Peabody Award-winning coverage of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In 2011, Gupta reported from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan, adding clarity and context to the human impact and radiation concerns.

During the rollout of in 2013, millions experienced glitches in the online portal. Gupta spoke exclusively with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the magnitude of the botched website launch, for which she took responsibility.

In 2014, he was the first western reporter who traveled to Conakry, Guinea, to investigate the deadly Ebola outbreak that would soon find its way to the United States for the first time in history. When a major earthquake hit Nepal in 2015, Gupta flew into Kathmandu to cover the aftermath. In 2016, Gupta told the exclusive story of the separation of craniopagus twins Jadon and Anias McDonald in the Emmy® award-winning documentary “Separated: Saving the Twins.” Gupta extensively covered the Flint, Michigan, water crisis and Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. That same year, he moderated a panel with President Barack Obama on the opioid crisis.

In 2017, Gupta reported from the frontlines of a breakdown in the medical infrastructure of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. He also broke the news about Sen. John McCain’s diagnosis with brain cancer. In 2018, Gupta cohosted “Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis,” for which he won another Emmy award.

Gupta is increasingly focused on long-form reporting. He hosted the CNN Original Series “Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” which followed Gupta’s travels around the world in search of the secret to living longer, healthier and happier. The concept morphed into a podcast of the same name, which is now in its sixth season. Gupta also stars in the HBO Original Documentary “One Nation Under Stress,” which examines why life expectancy is declining in the United States. His enterprise reporting on medical marijuana has led to five documentary films, “Weed,” which were awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He serves as a diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery. In 2019, Gupta was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in the medical field.

Gupta contributed to the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” and served as an executive producer for the HBO Documentary Unit. He is the author of four New York Times best-selling books, “Chasing Life” (2007), “Cheating Death” (2009), “Monday Mornings” (2012), and “Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age” (January 2021). He also wrote “World War C: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One” (October 2021) and “12 Weeks to a Sharper You” (2022), a guided program to establish healthy behaviors for life.

Gupta co-founded the LIFE ITSELF conference with Marc Hodosh of TEDMED. The four-day live conference took place in spring 2022, featuring extraordinary thinkers intersecting health & medicine—from research, technology, government, entertainment, and business.

Gupta has been 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. He has won several awards for his humanitarian efforts and the John F. Kennedy University Laureate award. Gupta has also received numerous honorary degrees and delivered a commencement address in the “Big House” at his alma mater in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Gupta received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.


"The standing ovation Dr. Sanjay Gupta received for his keynote address at NRPA’s Annual Conference was well deserved. Dr. Gupta was the most engaging and comprehensively informed speaker on the topic of health and wellness within our country that NRPA has had in the more than 50-year history of the event."

Gina Cohen, Chief Marketing Officer & Vice President of Communications for The National Recreation and Park Association


"Sanjay is nothing short of remarkable. He has a tremendous breadth of knowledge, is very articulate and direct, and most importantly his humility and care for people are instantly obvious. Our hope and plan is to have Sanjay participate in many future series we plan to run. He is one of the highest caliber individuals to have graced our stages."

Gary Lauer, Co-Founder of Eminent Series Group


"In 18 years of producing lecture series, literally hundreds of events, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has to rate in the top 10 best speakers we’ve ever had. Simply put, his grasp of the issues he spoke on and his special gift as a communicator were top notch."

CSS Group, LLC


"Sanjay Gupta is America's Doctor."

Bill Clinton


"Dr. Gupta was absolutely wonderful and our president was so impressed with how humble and incredible he is."

Jillian Skelly, CMP, Director of Meetings and Events at Higher Learning Commission


"A student emailed me after Sanjay Gupta's student session and described it as 'truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.' Feedback from faculty and guests who attended the lecture was all incredibly positive. They thoroughly enjoyed what Dr. Gupta shared with us."

Director of Events, Miami University

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