May 12, 2021 5:00 AM

A Year-Long Sprint: Sanjay Gupta Reflects on Communications and the Pandemic

From variants and vaccines to what lies ahead, CNN medical correspondent and University of Michigan alum shares insights.


After more than a year of covering the coronavirus pandemic in-depth, Sanjay Gupta, M.D., still feels like every day is a sprint.

But he takes the media's role as an "honest broker" in the public's understanding of COVID-19, very seriously, from the evolving knowledge about the virus and how to prevent transmission, to treatment and the uptake of vaccination.

He also notes the key role of experts who are willing to engage with reporters, or communicate directly to the public through social media and their own writing. 

These topics, and much more, came up in the hour-long discussion with his longtime friend and fellow University of Michigan alumnus Preeti Malani, M.D. – also a trained journalist and physician – on May 6, 2021.

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The talk, hosted by the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, served as the 2021 IHPI Director's Lecture, and was introduced by IHPI director John Z. Ayanian, M.D., M.P.P.

Gupta addressed a number of questions submitted by audience members, and even reflected on his family, and his time in Ann Arbor, where he received his undergraduate and medical education, and his neurosurgery training.

Watch the full recording above, or click the links to skip to specific sections and questions:

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