CNN announced it will premiere CNN: Special Investigations Unit – The First Patient: Health & the Presidency Saturday, February 16th at 8pm ET…
Amid the 2008 campaign for U.S. president, CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a physician’s look at the health of U.S. presidents and the current candidates and how the high stress of campaigning and governing can affect health. He also reports how a president is treated for sickness or injury at the White House, on Air Force One and while traveling in the United States and abroad.
CNN: Special Investigations Unit – The First Patient: Health & the Presidency airs on Saturday, Feb. 16, and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. All Times Eastern.
Gupta interviews former White House physicians, including Dr. Connie Mariano, who served as the doctor to three presidents, to learn about potential situations she may have encountered and needed to anticipate in order to care for a president. He also speaks with White House insiders about the veil of secrecy that surrounds a president’s health. Gupta examines John F. Kennedy’s medical care and the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan to provide historic examples of presidential health crises that have since become controversial and debated.
Caleb Hellerman is the senior producer and Carol Kinstle is the executive producer and the director of CNN’s health and medical unit. Mark Nelson is the vice president and senior executive producer of CNN Productions.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is CNN’s chief medical correspondent. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery, plays an integral role in the network’s medical coverage, which includes American Morning, the weekend show House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta and coverage of breaking medical news. He also co-hosts Accent Health for Turner Private Networks, produces a weekly podcast available on iTunes, contributes health news stories and the “Paging Dr. Gupta” blog for CNN.com, writes a column for TIME magazine and is a contributor to CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. In 2007, Gupta’s first book, Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today, became a national bestseller.