Sanjay has the same name as a famous Bollywood director.
Sanjay's first job was working at a restaurant called Ram's Horn located in Michigan.
Sanjay was asked by President Barack Obama if he would be Surgeon General of the United States.
Sanjay Gupta: (on amenities he would place near by a city to make it livable) Too many of our cities are built with an eye toward commerce, instead of health. As a result, we have parking structures instead of parks and roads instead of walkways. There are plenty of examples where you can do both. Healthier cities are successful cities. I would focus on increasing the amount of green space, because it is good for the earth and for our own bodies. I might buy thousands of bikes, paint them a really ugly color (so people wouldn't steal them...) and simply distribute them around a city. I would paint quarter mile markers on every walkway, so citizens could always have feedback on how far they are walking. I would also want to see urban gardens like they have in the south side of Chicago. Teaching my kids to garden would provide immeasurable rewards both for them and for their community.
Sanjay Gupta: (on innovations he has encountered that are making a difference) There are so many examples out there. I did have a chance to see first hand the One Laptop Per Child organization that Nicholas Negroponte put forward. It is bold and forward thinking, and a colleague of Negroponte's even used the analogy of comparing these computers to vaccinations. They are, after all, life-making tools. The laptop project also encourages literacy...which of course has health benefits too, since people are able to share health information.
Sanjay Gupta: (on worldchanging doctors he knows that are making a difference) Paul Farmer is one of the most remarkable and selfless doctors I have met. He has built free health clinics where nobody thought they could work. He has saved and improved countless lives by using the existing infrastructures in places like Haiti and Rwanda and improving upon them. He is also a relentless public health advocate, and is redefining health diplomacy.
Sanjay Gupta: (on what solutions he thinks will spread access to clean water) Earlier this year, I hosted a documentary called The Survival Project: One Child at a Time for CNN. One of the special guests was actress Lucy Liu, who spent time all over the world looking at the issues of clean water and its impact on communities. I have seen how people living in underrepresented places may spend their entire day traveling to wells with a bucket in hand. The walk takes them hours and then of course, hours to walk back with heavy water in hand. It is impossible to live a healthy life, let alone make a life. I was pretty inspired to read about the TAP project, a fund-raising campaign. You can read about it more at UNICEF's website, but it will remind you of the value of tap water, and what we can do right now to improve the access to something we take for granted.
Sanjay Gupta: (on if he watches medical shows like House or Grey's Anatomy) It's funny, I was just talking about this the other day. The only medical show that I've really watched recently is House. I used to watch ER too.
Sanjay Gupta: (on his book Chasing Life, if the key to immortality is stem cells) You know the old saying, where there's smoke there's fire -- I believe there's a certain rejuvenative property to stem cells. They're somehow designed to help our bodies tolerate the wear and tear of life and the toxic insults of the environment.
Sanjay Gupta: (on what he thinks of Canada's health care system) There are a lot of plusses to Canada's healthcare system. The biggest plus -- besides the fact that people have healthcare insurance -- is that there's a certain amount of psychological well-being, feeling safe just from knowing that you're going to be taken care of if something bad happens to you. Unfortunately, in the US people don't have that.
Sanjay Gupta: (on how he became a reporter) I was a White House Fellow as a speechwriter in 97-98, and I got really interested in how people interpret medical information and then act on it. I realized there was a real need to translate a lot of available information into knowledge and I wanted to help do that.