What do brain surgery and hosting Jeopardy! have in common? According to soon-to-be guest host Dr. Sanjay Gupta, they both require precision.
For those who watch the news, you have perhaps seen Dr. Gupta deliver medical reports on CNN. He is, after all, the Chief Medical Correspondent for the media outlet. Not only that, but he is also the chief of neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
However, beginning on Monday, June 28, Dr. Gupta will be bringing his medical expertise and his charming personality to the state of Jeopardy!. The iconic game show has utilized a rotating series of guest hosts after the tragic passing of its legendary host, Alex Trebek. And Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the latest on that list to host the show.
Now, you would probably think that being the host of a television game show and performing brain surgery would be two completely different things. And, of course, they are. But Dr. Gupta says his surgery training has inadvertently prepared him to be the next guest host on Jeopardy!.
“I think that interestingly being a surgeon prepared me more for this role because there is a precision to this show,” Gupta explains in a Jeopardy! exclusive interview. “There are things you just gotta get right — you gotta do them in the right order, and you gotta do them a certain way each time.”
You can watch the entire Jeopardy! interview with Gupta down below:
Taking Care of Patients Vs. Taking Care of Contestants on the ‘Jeopardy!’ Stage
Not everyone can be a good Jeopardy! host. And most certainly not everyone can be a good brain surgeon. But Sanjay Gupta is aiming to do both with the precision that he mentioned.
“You want to make sure that you don’t mess those things up,” he explains. “If you do, you can fix it. And that’s what happens in surgery as well. But I think my surgical training in some ways probably prepared me better for this than being a journalist or anything else.”
Taking care of patients in the hospital comes with a certain level of trust and care. But according to the soon-to-be host, he will have that same level of care for his Jeopardy! contestants. Obviously, there aren’t lives on the line during the show, but he can still care for them the way he cares for his patients.
“In surgery, obviously I’m taking care of patients in an operating room,” he continued. “Here, I feel like I’m taking care of players on a stage in the middle of a TV show. The stakes are obviously not the same, but I think that it’s a similar sort of dynamic in that I still want to care for those players the way that I do for my patients.”