With over 2 million followers, Indian-origin neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, 47, has emerged as the second most popular doctor in the US, a study that analyzed Twitter use by doctors across the US has found.
A neurosurgeon at Emory Clinic in Atlanta, Gupta is also a multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Sanjay Gupta joined CNN in 2001 and at the last count had 2.03 million twitter followers.
Gupta’s popularity is surpassed only by another TV personality, Drew Pinsky of HLN, who has over 3.18 million followers on Twitter. Asa Andrew emerged as the third most popular doctor in the US, with around 1.03 million twitter followers.
For the study, students at Augustana University analysed Twitter use by the doctors across the US, going back to the ten year period from the year 2006. The researchers sorted through 4,500 users, in their mission to see how doctors are engaging with others on the Twitter.
His biography on CNN hails Gupta playing an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all CNN’s shows domestically and internationally and contributes to CNN.com. "Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN's reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN's shows domestically and internationally, and contributes to CNN.com,” says his biography mentioned in CNN. "His medical training and public health policy experience distinguishes his reporting from war zones and natural disasters, as well as on a range of medical and scientific topics, including the recent Ebola outbreak, brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, and HIV/AIDS,” it added.
Gupta’s TV personality is also found to be pleasing, credible and in fact almost reliable to the viewers, who refer to him time and time again, as authority on the subject.
Gupta had also been considered for the position of Surgeon General by the US President Barack Obama, in 2009.