Sanjay Gupta Will Not Take Surgeon-General Position

Gupta’s gone, and that looks like a good thing:

Sources confirmed weeks ago that Obama had offered the position to Gupta and that the neurosurgeon intended to leave his network job for the government post. But no further moves were evident, especially after Obama’s first choice for secretary of health and human services, former senator Tom Daschle, was derailed by tax problems.

Gupta, who was once named one of the “sexiest men alive” by People Magazine, was never officially named to the post and continued to report on CNN. He did not issue a statement or explain his decision Thursday. Sources said the medical journalist told CNN executives that he wanted to devote more time to his medical practice and to his duties at the network.

But one source close to him said he was very disheartened by Daschle’s fate and fearful he was not going to get a prominent role in the health reform process. Gupta has built a lucrative media empire that includes appearances on CBS as well as CNN and book deals. He had expressed concern to friends about the financial impact on his wife and children.

One Response to “Sanjay Gupta Will Not Take Surgeon-General Position”

  1. Dave says:

    I would probably prefer a New Jersey fire hydrant over Gupta in any position of government.

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