Cutting through the chaos


From the first reports of COVID-19 a year ago, the public has been flooded with misinformation—­about the virus, treatments, and vaccines. Emory experts have been called upon to write op-eds, appear on live news broadcasts, and serve as expert advisers. They’ve turned home offices into temporary studios and used social media to get health facts out. Here are just a few of our public scholars:

Sanjay Gupta

Perhaps the Emory physician with the most airtime during the pandemic is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent and host of Sanjay Gupta MD, for which he has won multiple Emmy awards. Gupta continues to see patients as a general neurosurgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

He is a frequent contributor to numerous CNN shows covering the crisis and hosts a weekly town hall with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. Each week, on CNN Health, the father of three answers kids’ questions about COVID-19, and he also hosts the Coronavirus: Fact or Fiction podcast (

Viewers look to Gupta—a trusted medical journalist—for understandable medical explanations and for guidance regarding the ever-evolving discoveries about COVID-19.

Carlos del Rio

Carlos del Rio—executive associate dean for Emory’s School of Medicine and Grady Health System, distinguished professor in the Department of Medicine, and professor of global health and epidemiology in Rollins School of Public Health—is a sought-after expert on COVID-19.

From appearing live on CNN and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to coauthoring several viewpoint articles on the novel coronavirus in the Journal of the American Medical Association, from serving on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s COVID-19 advisory panel to his more than 33,000 followers on Twitter, del Rio doesn’t back away from challenging misinformation and calling out poor decisions.

He understands the power of social media to reach people directly. Del Rio has done several Facebook Live webinars and tweets nearly every day.

Nadine Kaslow

Nadine Kaslow, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is often called on by the media to comment on effective coping strategies during times of crisis. She has been called on frequently during the pandemic, by everyone from CNN to Georgia Public Broadcasting.

She has written op-eds for, done Q&As on social media on the topic of mental health and COVID-19, and speaks about how children are being impacted by the virus.

Colleen Kraft

Colleen Kraft is no stranger to pandemics. Five years ago, the associate professor of infectious diseases and pathology played a lead role in treating Ebola patients who came to Emory during the 2014–2016 outbreak. Now she’s helping to coordinate response to COVID-19 as an associate chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital.

Kraft is helping to shape the national conversation—and public health policies—on the coronavirus pandemic. She’s made appearances on CNN, NBC, and NPR programs; written op-eds; and was profiled in the Los Angeles Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kraft also was named to the NCAA COVID-19 advisory panel and serves on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s coronavirus task force.