CNN: Team Obama Eyes Gupta for Surgeon General
Posted on Jan 6, 2009
Although the fact that his sponsoring network, CNN, reported this rumor makes it a tad suspect, it wouldn’t be the first time that the concept of self-promotion was associated with the name of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s resident brain surgeon and talking head, who has apparently been approached by the Obama squad to potentially fill the position of U.S. surgeon general. From neurosurgeon to Clinton aide to embedded reporter to surgeon general candidate: one man’s dramatic story—coming up soon, no doubt, on CNN.
Gupta was in Chicago, Illinois, in November to meet with President-elect Barack Obama on the matter, sources said.
Gupta has declined comment.
The transition team is impressed with the combination of Gupta’s past government experience, as a White House fellow in 1997 and a special adviser to then-first lady Hillary Clinton, along with his medical career as a neurosurgeon and his communication skills, the transition source said.
Gupta is a member of the staff and faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He regularly performs surgery at Emory University Hospital and at Grady Memorial Hospital, where he serves as associate chief of neurosurgery.