Jon LaPook, M.D., is the chief medical correspondent for CBS News. He is also Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine, an internist and gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, and the Director of the NYU Langone Empathy Project.
In the area of teaching, Dr. LaPook is particularly interested in weaving media and the arts into the medical training curriculum, with the goal of improving the interaction of health professionals and patients. He has also done extensive work in the field of medical computing, including helping to develop an electronic textbook of medicine and writing a medical practice management software package that he sold in 1999 to a company that was later acquired by Emdeon Corporation, the parent company of WebMD.
LaPook contributes to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Since joining CBS News in 2006, he has done more than 800 reports, contributing to the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” “60 Minutes,” “CBS This Morning,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” and “Face the Nation.” He has traveled across the country and abroad, including interviewing President Obama twice, reporting from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and investigating the Zika outbreak in Brazil. In March, 2016, he reported for “60 Minutes” about “Aid in Dying” - a controversial practice where terminally ill individuals take a lethal dose of medication prescribed by a physician.
LaPook is a two time Emmy Award winner - for his reporting on the national shortage of drugs in 2012 and for team coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. He has also won two Edward R. Murrow Awards for “Best Broadcast” in 2007 and 2013, and a New York Press Club Award in 2015 for Journalism for “Eye on Ebola” WCBS-AM News Team Special.
Born in Mineola, New York, Dr. LaPook graduated with honors from Yale University and received his M.D. from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was elected into AOA, the national medical honor society. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowships in Gastroenterology and Medical Informatics at Presbyterian Hospital, New York City.