Obama Paging CNN's Dr. Gupta as Surgeon General?
The country's next Surgeon General may be coming soon from a TV near you.
President-elect Barack Obama is set to tap neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, to the high-profile position, CNN reports.
Gupta is expected to accept the offer in coming days.
The 39-year-old has been in talks with Obama about the job since late last year. CNN first learned of Gupta's prospective new gig in mid-December, according to network spokesperson, Christa Robinson.
"CNN has made sure that his on-air reporting has been on health and wellness matters and not on health-care policy or any matters involving the new administration," Robinson said.
Both Gupta and the Obama camp have declined to comment on the news.
In addition to his television work, Gupta is an Emmy-winning journalist and serves as an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University and as associate chief of neurosurgery at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital. From 1997-98, he worked as an advisor to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and was a White House Fellow.
As Surgeon General, Gupta's responsibilities include educating the public on matters of public health and advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services on various U.S. health policies and scientific issues.
Gupta would replace Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson.
What do you think of Obama's top doc pick? Does Dr. Gupta have the right stuff for the Obama administration?