Sanjay Gupta

Reform Made Simple
February 09, 2010

CNN's Sanjay Gupta is staring a series called "Health Care Simplified" and invited me to be a guest on the first installment, which ran over the weekend. The other participant was Darshak Sanghavi, who is a frequent writer on medical issues and chief of pediatric cardiology at the University of Massachusetts. Like me, Sanghavi supports the bills moving through Congress, albeit with reservations. For next week's segment, Gupta has said, he'll interview two relative skeptics. About eight minutes of the discussion ran on air, which is a veritable eternity for cable news.

Gupta Withdraws To Spend More Time Chasing Life
March 06, 2009

Last night on Larry King Live, Sanjay Gupta confirmed earlier reports that he was withdrawing his name from consideration for the surgeon general post. According to Gupta, the reasons for his decision are both professional (he would no longer be able to perform neurosurgery) and familial: “You know, I have two daughters,” he told King. “Our third daughter is now imminent.

Sullivan Vs. Krugman
January 09, 2009

 A couple days ago, Paul Krugman took Sanjay Gupta to task for having challenged the facts of Michael Moore's Sicko when in reality it was Gupta, not Moore, who had his facts wrong. Today, Andrew Sullivan chimes in, "Krugman is restless about the stimulus and Gupta (no Michael Moore critics are allowed in Obamaland)." But that wasn't Krugman's point at all! As Krugman wrote: Many commenters don't seem to get the point. Gupta didn't say "Michael Moore is an annoying blowhard"; he didn't say "We question his interpretation of the evidence"; he said he "fudged the facts".

Sullivan V. Krugman, Part Infinity
January 09, 2009

 A couple days ago, Paul Krugman took Sanjay Gupta to task for having challenged the facts of Michael Moore's Sicko when in reality it was Gupta, not Moore, who had his facts wrong. Today, Andrew Sullivan chimes in, "Krugman is restless about the stimulus and Gupta (no Michael Moore critics are allowed in Obamaland)." But that wasn't Krugman's point at all! As Krugman wrote: Many commenters don’t seem to get the point. Gupta didn’t say “Michael Moore is an annoying blowhard”; he didn’t say “We question his interpretation of the evidence”; he said he “fudged the facts”.

Sanjay Gupta Walks The Ethical Line
January 07, 2009

Sanjay Gupta, Obama's reported choice for surgeon general, is no stranger to the ethically sticky situation physicians often find themselves in with drug companies. Speaking with Paula Zahn in 2005, he noted that "there is a lot of nudge, nudge, wink, wink going on, as far as some of these freebies, giveaways, trips to Aspen for performing a certain number of procedures or prescribing these medications. ...

Sanjay Gupta Treads The Ethical Line
January 07, 2009

Sanjay Gupta, Obama’s reported choice for surgeon general, is no stranger to the ethically sticky situation physicians often find themselves in with drug companies. Speaking with Paula Zahn in 2005, he noted that “there is a lot of nudge, nudge, wink, wink going on, as far as some of these freebies, giveaways, trips to Aspen for performing a certain number of procedures or prescribing these medications.

Paging Dr. Gupta
January 06, 2009

I was about to decry the news of Obama's reported desire to make Sanjay Gupta his Surgeon General as the triumph of style over substance, but then I read further into Howie Kurtz's piece and saw: The Michigan-born son of Indian and Pakistani parents, Gupta has always been drawn to health policy. He was a White House fellow in the late 1990s, writing speeches and crafting policy for Hillary Clinton.

Paging Dr. Gupta . . . To Washington?
January 06, 2009

I was about to decry the news of Obama's reported desire to make Sanjay Gupta his Surgeon General as the triumph of style over substance, but then I read further into Howie Kurtz's piece and saw: The Michigan-born son of Indian and Pakistani parents, Gupta has always been drawn to health policy. He was a White House fellow in the late 1990s, writing speeches and crafting policy for Hillary Clinton. His appointment would give the administration a prominent official of Southwest Asian descent and a skilled television spokesman. I'm less interested in his ethnicity (see why below).

Paging Dr. Gupta -- America Needs You!
January 31, 2008

Right after the debate, CNN decided to run an hour-long special on health care by their medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta M.D..  I wasn't going to watch it, mostly because of low expectations.