Dr. Drew. biography
Dr. Drew was born David Drew Pinsky on September 4, 1958, in Pasadena, California and is best known as an addiction specialist and TV personality.
Before rising to fame, Dr. Drew was raised by his mother, Helene Stanton, a singer, and his father Morton Pinsky, who was a physician. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Amherst College, Dr. Drew enrolled in the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he would later receive his M.D. (1984) and complete his residency. From there, Dr. Drew became the chief resident at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena and opened up his own practice.
During his third year in medical school, Dr. Drew participated in the night radio show "Ask a Surgeon," which was eventually combined with another segment called Loveline. In 1995, Loveline could be heard throughout the nation and was later transformed in a TV segment by MTV the following year in which Dr. Drew and comedian Adam Carolla were the hosts. The show's national exposure propelled Dr. Drew into the limelight and persuaded him to continue treating others in front of an audience.
In 2005, Dr. Drew was the sole host on Discovery Channel's televised talk show Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew, succeeded by Strictly Dr. Drew (2005) and his nationally syndicated radio talk show Dr. Drew Live in 2007. Although the shows were short-lived, Dr. Drew reached a new level of stardom when he served as the resident medical expert in VH1's reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008). He continued as the medical expert for the follow-up show Sober House (2009), guiding past celebrity participants through a wholesome recovery in a sober living facility.
In 2011, Dr. Drew landed a hosting position on his own talk show, HLN's Dr. Drew, which focuses on issues straying from addiction. The following year, Dr. Drew premiered Rehab with Dr. Drew (2012) in which he helps everyday individuals suffering from addiction.
Dr. Drew has since been invited to various shows to discuss celebrities' crippling relationships with drug use, including CNN's Larry King Live and the Today Show.
In addition to his use of the media to spread a message, Dr. Drew authored Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (2003), When Painkillers Become Dangerous: What Everyone Needs to Know About OxyContin and Other Prescription Drugs (2004), followed by the New York Times bestseller The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America (2009). He also co-wrote the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism, which was published by Elsevier in the Journal of Research in Personality (2012) and gained worldwide coverage.
In the 1980s, Dr. Drew laid eyes on Susan at a bar in Laguna Beach, California. The two married on July 21, 1991 and conceived triplets by in vitro fertilization in November 1992. Their triplets are named Paulina, Douglas and Jordan.