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Dr. Nowzaradan Net Worth

Dr. Nowazan net worth
Net Worth$4,500,000
Full NameYounan Nowzaradan
Date of Birth/AgeOctober 11, 1944 (age 74)
Source of wealthSurgeon
Country of originImperial State of Iran
State/City of originTehran
Last Updated2019

What is Dr. Nowzaradan’s Net Worth

Nowzaradan’s net worth is $4.5 million.

What is Dr. Nowzaradan’s Yearly Salary?

It is estimated that his base salary as a vascular surgeon at Houston Obesity Surgery is about $250,000. He earns additional money for each surgery that he performs.

His highest earnings, however, come from his appearances on TV reality shows, in particular My 600-lb Life.

 

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How Did Dr. Nowzaradan Make His Money?

Nowzaradan was earning a high income as a surgeon long before he appeared on television.

When The Learning Channel (TLC) began planning a show about morbidly obese people, the producers kept hearing about a highly-esteemed Houston doctor who performed bariatric surgery on extremely heavy people.

 

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They contacted the doctor and began featuring his work. During the show, he gained legions of fans for his no-nonsense but compassionate treatment of his patients.

He also became known for his standard greeting of “How’s everyone doing?” and his response of “super” to everything the patient said.

 

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A Compassionate Advocate

Nowzaradan has used his fame to spread the word that the morbidly obese should be treated with compassion and dignity.

He also takes a tough approach with the people he treats. While he is willing to perform surgery on high-risk patients that other doctors reject, he does so only if the patients meet certain conditions.

 

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Dr. Now is not just a star to his reality TV patients. On his web site, thousands of grateful patients attest to his knowledge and care.

They describe surgeries that were completed with minimal complications and a doctor who is compassionate but also tough and honest.

Dr. Nowzaradan Quick Facts

  • He was born in Iran but has lived and worked in the U.S. for almost 40 years.
  • He has starred on six seasons of the TLC show.
  • He is very private and keeps his personal and family life out of the public eye.

Early Life

The doctor was born in Iran and graduated from medical college in 1970. He moved to the U.S. in 1971. He has said that he wanted to be a surgeon ever since he was a child.

Relationships

He was married to his wife Delores from 1975 to 2002. He has three children, Jonathan, Jennifer and Jessica.

He has not been romantically linked with any other women since his divorce.

 

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Nowzaradan’s television career has helped other family members. His son Jonathan became a producer of My 600-Lb Life.

He is also a producer on the TLC shows Half-Ton Teen and Shipping Wars.

Career

He graduated from the University of Tehran with a medical degree in 1970. Following his graduation, he completed advanced training in the U.S. at several different hospitals.

A Surgical Pioneer

Although Nowzaradan is known to the public as an obesity surgeon, he was a renowned vascular surgeon before then.

Vascular surgeons specialize in surgeries that involve arteries and veins. During his 40-year career, he pioneered the use of laparoscopic appendectomies and cholecystectomies.

This was considered controversial at the time but is now an accepted practice.

 

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Taking on High-Risk Patients

Nowzaradan made a name for himself as one of the few surgeons willing to perform bariatric surgery on morbidly obese patients.

Many other doctors and surgical facilities thought that it was too dangerous. They would only operate on patients who weighed 300 pounds or less.

Nowzaradan found that by first asking his patients to lose some weight on a diet plan, he could manage the risk successfully and perform the life-saving operations.

In 2012, he was featured on the television program My 600-lb Life as the “last chance” doctor for patients who were morbidly obese He has been on every episode of the show since it began airing.

He has also starred on several episodes of the TV shows Body Shock , World’s Heaviest Man and Half-Ton Killer. Dr. Now is a frequent guest on talk shows as well.

 

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Tough and Compassionate

Nowzaradan became respected on the show because he does not just sign patients up for surgery.

He requires every potential patient to first follow a highly restrictive, calorie-controlled diet plan to lose some weight.

There are three reasons for this. The first is that surgery on obese people is extremely dangerous, and losing some weight makes it safer for the patient.

 

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The second is that he wants his patients to get used to a lifetime of controlled eating and food restrictions.

The third reason is that he wants to make sure his patients are truly motivated to make changes to their lifestyle and are not just looking to surgery for an easy fix.

Later Developments

Nowzaradan’s career has not been without controversy. In 2012, he was sued for malpractice after one of his patients claimed that he left a piece of surgical equipment inside her after an operation. The case was dismissed in 2013.

In 2015, he wrote the book Last Chance to Live, where he recounts what he has learned after 40 years of working with the morbidly obese.

 

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Current Status

He has continued to appear on television and treat patients. He also has a web site, DrNowMD.com, where he provides guidance on preparing for bariatric surgery.

He maintains affiliations with many Houston-area hospitals including the First Street Hospital, Doctors Hospital at Tidwell and University General Hospital.

 

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Interesting Facts

Many fans have come to treasure the doctor’s familiar catchphrases such as “How’s everyone doing?” and “What’s your mood?” On his Twitter feed, he regularly greets his followers with these lines.

Favorite Quotes From Dr. Nowzaradan

“I try to go on Twitter as much as possible, but you know how old I am and how hard this is.”

“No, you don’t have to eat something! You have 800 pound of food in you.”

“You say that’s water weight? You would have to have 300 gallons of water. Did you drink 300 gallons of water?”

Dr. Nowzaradan Success Tips

“I don’t have a selection process like most doctors have. I don’t have any selection process. Everybody comes, and we take care of them”

 

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