Sanjay Gets a Time Out


So here is the story:

Neurosurgeon and CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta was reporting live from the scene as he performed life-saving surgery on an 8-year-old girl who had barely survived a house’s collapse. But as he discovered months later, he had never operated on her at all. Instead, he cut into the skull of another girl.

I like Sanjay.  He seems like a nice guy.  I even met him once.  The problem, no matter what he thinks, is that he is a journalist first and a doctor second.  I know for a fact that during other media location trips he has been “called” into action more than once in neurosurgical cases and he doesn’t say no. The big question I have is whether he really is up to snuff on his skills?  I mean how active in neurosurgery can he be with all his reporting?  And did that affect his decision not to do a “time out” and figure out whose head he was opening up in Nepal to make sure everything was kosher?  Making this kind of mistake in the US would have ended him but to be fair, this was in post earthquake riddled Nepal and he was kind of forced into action.

He gets a pass but it looks like he needs to let the active neurosurgeon part of him go.  Just my humble opinion.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Sanjay Gets a Time Out

  1. Bill Ameen, MD
    July 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Agree…even in an urgent situation in a Third World OR a surgeon needs to identify his patient properly! I would think that Dr. Gupta is making enough from CNN that he could give up neurosurgery, no matter how hard he trained to do it. I wouldn’t want him in my head.

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