Sanjay Gupta

is an American neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital

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Dr_SanjayGupta2694 karma

It made me a little anxious!

Dr_SanjayGupta2463 karma

I have tried it before.

Dr_SanjayGupta2328 karma

No - But that's a great idea. I'll give Anthony a call after this session.

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Thanks for your question. At times, the job can be quite stressful, but I'll be the first to tell you: Whether it's the health care providers taking care of Ebola patients or the Marines with whom I was embedded. Their lives and jobs are far more stressful than mine. The patient that I operated on in Iraq was a young Lieutenant, who had been shot in the back of the head and was thought to have died in the field. When they brought him to the tent where I was embedded with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, we realized that he still had a pulse. I was asked to operate on him by the military team and I did not hesitate. I new I needed to remove some of the bone from his skull to reduce the pressure inside his brain. Unfortunately, there were no medical tools available to do so. So I took a Black & Decker drill and asked that the drill bit be sterilized. I used that to create an opening in the skull, relieve the pressure, remove the bullet, and stop the bleeding. I am happy to say, that the patient did well. His name is Jesus and he now lives in Southern California.

Dr_SanjayGupta1875 karma

I love neurosurgery, and still operate every week. It is a big part of my life, and my first true love! Dan Barrow is terrific, and a great boss.

Dr_SanjayGupta1818 karma

I am fascinated by the areas of the brain that control speech -- left temporal lobe. You can develop conditions where you can speak and write without difficulty, but cannot understand speech or read. In fact, there are people who can write something down, but then are unable to read what they just wrote.

Dr_SanjayGupta1654 karma

No! There has been no push-back about this and we have stuck to very sound science in our reporting.

Dr_SanjayGupta1642 karma

Nope, just tried it. Nothing more serious about it than that.

Dr_SanjayGupta1628 karma

Anywhere between 5 and 10