The Doctor Isn’t In

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 Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration as Surgeon General of the United States.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.

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8 Responses to The Doctor Isn’t In

  1. Rachel says:

    I remember Sanjay Gupta when he first appeared on CNN. He was ingratiating and informative and I enjoyed his medical segments. Then, he got the TV makeover: super bleached white teeth that he would show the camera with all his smilin’ and grinnin’ and the Miami Beach pimp suits. Anyway, he just started to creep me out.

  2. Fran says:

    Gupta also said he has a 3rd child soon to be born, & does not want to give up his practice. Refreshing to hear he takes parenting seriously.

  3. Woodcliffe says:

    Women really dig Gupta.

    My wife says he “sends her.” She said she wished we lived in Atlanta so she could be in his practice.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    I detest Gupta. He’s completely opposed to national healthcare. He’s worried he may get paid less, so I’m glad he withdrew his name from consideration for Surgeon General.

  5. JollyRoger says:

    He’d have been interesting, at least. But I’m not sure he’d have been all that good in the position.

  6. libhomo says:

    Wooooohoooooooo! He’s cute, but I lost all respect for him when he lied about Michael Moore’s Sicko. He only cares about healthcare for the rich.

  7. Panasit says:

    I was reading an article before about how underpaid some of the most important officials in our government were (throughout history, not just recently). I mean, I can imagine the reason why, they are paid by our tax dollar after all. But isn’t that a little bit embarrassing? We rewarded movie stars and actors with so much money. Here again, he was getting more money from the entertainment industry (well, that depends on what you considered CNN to be).

    When I hear stories of highly capable and extremely talented people get recruited by government, they always face with less pay.

    Well, except NASA, for some odd reason.

  8. gupta has gone so hollywood – we are better off with him not in govt

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