Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon, author, and chief medical correspondent for CNN, will be the featured keynote speaker at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine MD/DMD 2023 class day ceremony to be held on May 25.
For more than 20 years, Gupta has provided in-depth reporting on medical and public health news on issues ranging from COVID-19 to overall well-being. For two decades, he has been a leader in promoting physical and mental wellness through special reports and a book on cognitive fitness, inspiring others to improve and maintain their well-being. In the HBO documentary “One Nation Under Stress”, he investigated why life expectancy is declining in the US.
“I am thrilled and honoured to speak to this stellar class of future leaders in health care. As it has been 30 years since my own medical school graduation, I will humbly offer some of the lessons I have learned over that time,” Gupta said.
A practising neurosurgeon, Gupta provided live coverage of the first battlefield operation during the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and performed several lifesaving brain surgeries with an emergency team in desert operating rooms. He also joined the U.S. Army’s 82nd airborne division on rescue missions in Afghanistan.
He has received multiple Emmy awards for his coverage of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2016 surgical separation of the McDonald craniopagus twins, and for co-hosting a CNN town hall in 2016 on the suicide crisis in the US.
A member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is presently an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and also associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital.
He received his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed his neurological surgery residency at the University of Michigan Health System. During residency, Gupta was a White House fellow in the Clinton administration.