Drew Pinsky Biography

Radio Personality, Doctor, Talk Show Host (1958–)
Drew Pinsky (better known as Dr. Drew) is a celebrity doctor who's known for his nationally syndicated radio show 'Loveline' and his VH1 show 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.'

Who Is Drew Pinsky?

Drew Pinsky was born on September 4, 1958 in Pasadena, California. After earning his M.D. in 1984, he began appearing on a local radio show to answer medical questions, which eventually turned into Loveline, a show that offered medical and relationship advice. The radio show went national in the mid 90s and launched a television version on MTV in 1996, which Pinsky co-hosted. After appearing on a number of reality television educational series, Pinsky found success as producer and host in 2008 with Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which lasted six seasons and led to the spinoffs Sober House and Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew. From 2011 to 2016 Pinsky hosted the HLN show, Dr. Drew On Call, and also hosted the short-lived daytime show Lifechangers on The CW.

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Dr. Drew Pinsky attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. 


Since 1991 Pinsky has been married to his wife Susan, a producer and podcast host who often collaborates with her husband. The couple has triplets who were born in 1992.

Current Practice

Pinsky is a board-certified internist, specializing in addiction. He currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine and holds a private practice. Previously, he was a medical director in the chemical dependency department for Las Encinas Hospital and a chief resident at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. 


Pinsky attended Amherst College in Massachusetts before earning his M.D. at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1984. 

Other Work 

In 2003 Pinsky authored Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again, which detailed his experiences as medical director at the drug rehabilitation clinic at Las Encinas Hospital. Outside of his media appearances, he regularly speaks at public events, college campuses and has hosted numerous podcasts, often with his longtime co-host Adam Carolla. In October 2017 Pinsky announced he was working on a docuseries to discuss the opioid epidemic in America. In November 2017, he sat down with Elizabeth Smart for A&E's Elizabeth Smart: Questions Answered, a discussion in which Smart responded to questions about her nine months in captivity and recovery. 

Dr. Drew and Elizabeth Smart

READ ARTICLE: 'Dr. Drew Pinsky: What Elizabeth Smart Taught Me About Resilience" Watch 'Elizabeth Smart: Questions Answered,' a discussion guided by Dr. Drew Pinsky, in which Elizabeth Smart answers questions about her nine months in captivity and her recovery, on November 20 at 10pm on A&E.

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