Rahul Gupta

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Rahul Gupta
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Assuming office
PresidentJoe Biden
SucceedingRegina LaBelle (Acting)
Personal details
Born1970/1971 (age 50–51)
EducationDelhi University (MD)
University of Alabama, Birmingham (MPH)
London School of Business and Finance (MBA)

Rahul Gupta (born 1970/1971)[1] is an American physician from the state of West Virginia. He is President Joe Biden's nominee for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.[2]

Early life[edit]

Gupta was born in India and raised in a suburb of Washington, D.C. His father is a diplomat.[3] Gupta earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University College of Medical Sciences of Delhi University. He earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He worked as an assistant professor of medicine at Meharry Medical College and at UAB.[4]

Medical career[edit]

Gupta ran the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department from 2009 to 2014.[5] He became the director of the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health in 2015, and focused on reducing overdose deaths from the opioid epidemic.[3] He left the role in 2018 to become the chief medical officer of the March of Dimes.[6]

Biden administration[edit]

He was the lead member of the 2020 presidential transition of Joe Biden for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.[7] Biden nominated him to be director of the ONDCP on July 13, 2021.[8]


  1. Ehley, Brianna (May 2, 2018). "The Immigrant Doctor Who's Solving West Virginia's Opioids Crisis". Politico. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  2. "Biden chooses Rahul Gupta as director of Office of National Drug Control Policy". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ehley, Brianna. "The Immigrant Doctor Who's Solving West Virginia's Opioids Crisis". POLITICO Magazine.
  4. https://wvmetronews.com/2014/12/15/gupta-ready-for-chief-health-officer-role/
  5. Staff, WSAZ News. "Former Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept. director, W.Va. Health Officer named to Biden transition team". https://www.wsaz.com. External link in |website= (help)
  6. McElhinny, Brad (2018-09-18). "Gupta leaving state Bureau of Public Health". WV MetroNews. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  7. LIEU, SARAH (November 11, 2020). "Dr. Rahul Gupta, former top W.Va. health official, part of presidential transition team". WCHS.
  8. "Biden picks former West Virginia health official as drug czar". POLITICO.
Political offices
Preceded by
Regina LaBelle
Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
Taking office 2021

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