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Vol. LXVII, No. 6
March 13, 2015

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Gupta Set to Give Rall Lecture, Mar. 25

Sanjay Gupta

Neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, an Emmy Awardwinning journalist, will deliver the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture on “Media and Medicine” on Mar. 25 at 10 a.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN, appears on several television shows on medicine and health news such as American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN documentaries and anchors the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta, MD. He also contributes to CNN. com, and CBS’s 60 Minutes and Evening News with Scott Pelley.

Apart from being a successful practicing neurosurgeon and media guru, his journalistic approach and reporting have won him several awards. He visited both Japan in 2011 and Haiti in 2010 after the earthquakes hit and reported the effects of the disasters on human health. After joining CNN in 2001, he reported on the aftermath of the 9/11 attack from New York and was part of the “Devil Docs” unit during the Iraq war in 2003. He performed brain surgery onsite during his time in Iraq. In 2004, his coverage of the aftermath of the devastating tsunami in Sri Lanka contributed to the 2005 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for CNN. He has contributed stories to CNN’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico (2010).

To inspire Americans to live a more active and healthy life, Gupta launched “Fit Nation” as part of CNN’s multi-platform, anti-obesity initiative. In 2010, he was offered the Laureate Award for leaders in health and wellness from John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill, Calif.). He was also named as one of the “Ten Most Influential Celebrities” by Forbes magazine.

He has also authored two bestselling books, Chasing Life (2007) and Cheating Death (2009), is a member of the faculty at Emory University and is associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from its medical school. Before joining CNN, he did neurosurgical fellowships at Semmes-Murphey Clinic in Tennessee and the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Seating for the lecture is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts at (301) 594-6747 or

The lecture honors the memory of Dr. J. Edward Rall, founder of the Clinical Endocrinology Branch (now within NIDDK) and scientific director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, which is now represented by NIDDK and NIAMS.

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