Gupta Won't Be Surgeon General

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2009 4:37 PM CST
In this 2007 file photo, Dr. Sanjay Gupta attends a screening of the environmental documentary "Planet in Peril," in New York.   (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)
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(Newser) – Sanjay Gupta is sticking with CNN and brain surgery. Gupta has withdrawn his name from contention to be the next surgeon general, the network reports. Gupta apparently had reservations over a big pay cut and the idea of reporting to more than one boss, notes Fox News. Gupta will discuss it on Larry King Live tonight. Obama caused a stir when he approached the celebrity doctor about the post. No obvious contenders are in the wings, at least publicly.