Dr. Drew Pinsky straddles the line between medical expert and media personality, often combining the two. After graduating from Amherst College, Pinsky got involved with radio during medical school at the University of Southern California. That’s when he started guest starring on his friend’s radio call-in show Loveline. His popularity soared as he spoke with frankness about sexuality and relationships, and soon he became a regular host. The show went national in 1995, airing live five nights a week, and the following year MTV picked it up for a television version hosted by Pinsky and Adam Carolla, running for four years. Loveline has been taking calls since 1983 and can still be heard Sunday through Thursday from ten to midnight.
Pinsky has appeared on numerous television shows as a guest, and has also hosted several of his own series. Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew aired on Discovery Health Channel in 2005, followed by the currently-airing Strictly with Dr. Drew. Strictly focuses on general medical topics. His show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew began in 2008 and has proved to be very popular.. He also appears on HLN (formerly CNN Headline News) for the nightly show Dr. Drew, and on the CW’s daytime talk series Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers.
In addition to appearances on the small screen, Pinsky has appeared in films including Wild Hogs and New York Minute. He is the author of The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America, a New York Times bestseller, and co-authored an academic study on celebrities and narcissism that was published in the Journal of Research in Personality.
Recently Pinsky came under fire for exploiting his fans’ faith in his advice by receiving $275,000 for promoting the anti-depressant drug Wellbutrin for unapproved uses and not disclosing his relationship with the company. As this is not illegal, he is not being prosecuted.
Pinsky still maintains a private practice in Pasadena, California and residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital. He married his wife, Susan, in 1991, and they have triplets.
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