CBS, CNN's Gupta for Surgeon General?

By: CBS News Hotsheet
By: CBS News Hotsheet

WASHINGTON - The transition team has announced that Barack Obama will make an announcement this morning at a 10:15 ET press conference. Could it be that he is tapping CBS News contributor and CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, to be surgeon general?

The Washington Post, citing two sources, first reported that Mr. Obama had offered Gupta the job.

"Gupta has told administration officials that he wants the job, and the final vetting process is under way," reported the Post. "He has asked for a few days to figure out the financial and logistical details of moving his family from Atlanta to Washington but is expected to accept the offer."

CBS News can confirm through a source close to Dr. Gupta that the doctor was offered the position.

CBS News has also learned from a source close to Dr. Gupta that he was approached weeks ago about the position and that he had sought advice about whether or not he should take the job shortly after he was approached.

Another source close to Dr. Gupta (whom Gupta asked for advice) tells CBS News that Gupta feels drawn to public service and confirms the approach was made a while back.

The CBS News bio of Gupta notes that the doctor performs surgery weekly at Grady Memorial Hospital and is a member of the staff and faculty of the department of neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.


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