THE SANJAY GUPTA FILE
DR. GUPTA BY THE NUMBERS
2 Number of Marines he performed brain surgery on while reporting from Iraq on the medical aspects of the war. (He also operated on three Iraqis, including a 2-year-old boy.)
5 Number of years he has worked for CNN as a medical correspondent.
6 Number of hours he usually sleeps a night, maximum.
36 His age. (He turns 37 this year.)
8,200 His campaign contributions in dollars to Democrats running for office since 2000, according to Newsmeat.com.
100,000 Number of other Sanjay Guptas in the world, including the
Bollywood director, the Bank of America executive and the Case Western Reserve University professor.
200,000 Number of women who don't want medical advice but watch him religiously.
DR. GUPTA QUOTES
"I look for stories that matter to the people, the community. I find the stories I think can challenge the way things are in this country." (TheMonitor.com)
"Medically and morally, I thought (operating on the 2-year-old Iraqi boy) was absolutely the right thing to do." (AP)
"Those (Internet fan) sites say all kinds of interesting things. They've had me married to people I don't even know." (The Sunday Paper)
DR. GUPTA FACTS
He earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan. He is an assistant professor of Neurosurgery at Emory University and Associate Chief of the Neurosurgery Service at Grady Memorial Hospital. According to his Emory bio, he specializes in "all facets of neurosurgical care with a strong interest in complicated spine, trauma and 3-D image guided operations."
Named one of the Sexiest Men of 2003 by People Magazine, he has his own set of Internet groupies who call themselves the Gupta Girls and refer to him as The Fine Doctor.
He married his wife, attorney Rebecca Olson, in a Hindu ceremony in 2004. Their daughter, Sage Ayla Gupta, was born last year.
DR. GUPTA DIAGNOSES BIN LADEN
In early 2002, after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf speculated that Osama bin Laden had died of kidney failure, Dr. Gupta appeared on CNN to analyze bin Laden's appearance, saying in part that "you can look (at pictures from a December 2001 video) and notice that he has what some doctors refer to as sort of a frosting over of his features – his sort of grayness of beard, his paleness of skin, very gaunt sort of features. A lot of times people associate this with chronic illness. Doctors can certainly look at that and determine some clinical features. But even more than that, it's sometimes possible to differentiate the specific type of disease or illness that he may be suffering from. The sort of frosting of the appearance is something that people a lot of times associate with chronic kidney failure, renal failure, certainly someone who is requiring dialysis would have that."
DR. GUPTA GETS HIS MAIL
He's so well-known that a letter addressed merely to "Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Atlanta" would probably find its way to him. But even before his CNN days, when he lived in the small town of Chelsea, Michigan, his name stood out. His was the only Indian family in town. "I had a house in Chelsea for a while," he told The Sunday Paper. "And I had accidentally sent the wrong address to the people I knew, but the mailman delivered the mail to the right house, anyway. I thanked him for taking the extra effort and he said ‘Oh, I'd know it was you if it just said ‘Sanjay.'"
DR. GUPTA ON THE WEB
Dr. Gupta's CNN profile
A fan site featuring pictures of Dr. Gupta
A blog with humorous comments and pictures about Dr. Gupta.
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