Dr. Jon LaPook is the chief medical correspondent for the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY. He is also a professor of medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and an internist and gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Medical Center.
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.
Since 2006, he has done more than 600 segments for CBS News, including pieces for CBS THIS MORNING, CBS SUNDAY MORNING and FACE THE NATION. He has reported from Haiti on the effects of the 2010 earthquake, interviewed President Obama in the White House about healthcare reform, and covered a wide range of medical news stories. He has won two Emmy awards, one for his coverage in 2012 of the national shortage of drugs, and another for team coverage in 2013 of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Born in Mineola, N.Y., 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 in New York City.