Friday, March 6, 2009
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration as Surgeon General of the United States.
The neurosurgeon said he would likely have had to give up practicing medicine in Atlanta, GA, as well as his lucrative position at CNN had he taken the job as the nation’s top doctor.
Sources close to Gupta report his decision came down to money. The position of Surgeon General pays $157,000 a year. A neurosurgeon can make as much as $500,000 year. While no knows the exact amount of his salary at CNN, industry insiders say he could easily receive as much as $1,000,000 a year from the once mighty cable news network.