In 2009, he was approached for the position of surgeon general in the new Obama administration, a post he says he declined because it would have halted his work as a neurosurgeon. He’s said he’s a supporter of the Affordable Care Act and wants to see it fully implemented to give more Americans coverage.
Gupta learned his work ethic from his parents, who moved from India in the 1960s to work at a Ford plant in Detroit, where he grew up, and is surprised when people ask how he does it all.
‘‘There’s a lot of people who work a lot harder than I do and aren’t known,’’ he said.
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