Sanjay Gupta, MD (right), reporting for CNN in Port Au Prince, Haiti, following the devastating earthquake that hit the country on Jan. 12, 2010.
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Published 2/14/2024

Sanjay Gupta, MD, Will Headline the Your Academy Event

The Emmy Award–winning medical correspondent is the Presidential Guest Speaker

Sanjay Gupta, MD, will deliver the Presidential Guest Speaker address during Your Academy, the marquee event of the AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting, taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday in South, Esplanade Ballroom.

Dr. Gupta is the multiple Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN and host of the CNN podcast “Chasing Life.” He is also the associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Dr. Gupta attended medical school and completed his neurological surgery residency at the University of Michigan. He also completed a neurosurgery fellowship at the Semmes Murphey Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee.

“As a practicing surgeon, an internationally acclaimed health journalist, and a strong public health advocate, Dr. Gupta will bring a unique perspective on the current state of healthcare in the United States and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” said AAOS President Kevin J. Bozic, MD, MBA, FAAOS. “With his profound understanding of the healthcare landscape and his exceptional ability to communicate complex concepts, Dr. Gupta will undoubtedly inspire and enlighten our attendees as he addresses the intersection of innovation, surgery, and the future of healthcare. His presence promises to be a highlight of the AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting, offering attendees a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights from a widely respected and accomplished surgeon-leader.”

In 2001, Dr. Gupta joined CNN as a medical correspondent. In his time with the network, he has covered critical health-related stories around the world, including the 9/11 terror attacks; the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka; the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Guinea; the Flint, Michigan, water crisis; the COVID-19 pandemic; and more. He contributed to CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in 2005, which was honored with a Peabody Award.

He has received numerous other accolades for his contributions to health journalism, including the 2005 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for his coverage for CNN of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, a 2010 Peabody Award for coverage of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and a 2018 Emmy Award for cohosting the CNN town hall “Finding Hope: Battling America’s Suicide Crisis.”

Along with his broadcast journalism work, Dr. Gupta has penned four New York Times bestselling books: Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today, Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracle that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds, Monday Mornings: A Novel, and Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age. He also wrote the books Word War C: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic and How to Prepare for the Next One and 12 Weeks to a Sharper You.

In 2009, Dr. Gupta received the Health Communications Achievement Award from the American Medical Association and the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association for Multiethnicity in Communications. In 2010, he received the John F. Kennedy University Laureate Award, which honors leaders in health and wellness. In addition to his journalism work and his position with Emory University, Dr. Gupta serves as a diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery, and he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.