Jonathan Zizmor

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Jonathan Zizmor
Born 1945 (age 68–69)
Nationality American
Occupation Dermatologist

Jonathan Zizmor (born 1945) is an American dermatologist in New York City famous for his television commercials and prolific, colorful subway ads promising that "Now you can have beautiful clear skin!"[1][2] Zizmor received his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Zizmor was born to Julius and Felice Zizmor and grew up in New York City. Zizmor completed his internship in internal medicine at the hospitals of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his residency in dermatology at New York University Hospital.

Comedian Nick Kroll has a sketch comedy series on Comedy Central "partially based on Zizmor" according to the Daily News.[3] Dr. Zizmor was the subject of a Saturday Night Live skit featuring Taran Killam as Brad Pitt in a parody of a Chanel ad.[4]

Zizmor has authored seven books on skin care, including Dr. Zizmor's Skin Care Book and Dr. Zizmor's Guide To Clearer Skin.

On April 20th, 2004, Dr. Zizmor agreed not to contest charges of negligence and not keeping adequate medical records, and was given a 3 year suspension (stayed), a 3 year probation and a $40,000 fine.[5][6]

Zizmor has been certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a member of it.[7] He served for over 10 years as Chief of Dermatology at St. Vincent's Hospital.[citation needed]

Dr. Zizmor was offered a cameo appearance on 30 Rock, but turned it down, according to Tina Fey.[8][9]


Dr. Zizmor's first subway advertisements appeared in 1991, with a tagline that promised "Now You Can Have Beautiful, Clear Skin".[10] The subway advertisements appear in one out of every five subway cars, by some estimates,[11] and were all created by Dr. Zizmor himself.[10] They feature his face, often superimposed on a rainbow and/or a photograph of the New York skyline.[10][12]


  1. ^ Mead, Rebecca. (July 7, 2003). "The Jonathan Zizmors". The New Yorker. 
  2. ^ Clarkson, Lamar. (October 8, 2009). "New York's Dr. Zizmor Takes His Trippy Subway Ads To TV". Business Insider. 
  3. ^ Kaplan, Don. (January 16, 2013). "Nick Kroll takes the fast track with subway ads to promote Comedy Central show". Daily News. 
  4. ^ Digiacomo, Frank. (October 22, 2012). "'SNL' Parody Of Brad Pitt Chanel Ad Does 'Nothing' For 'Subway Doctor' Zizmor". Movieline. 
  5. ^ In the matter of Jonathan Zizmor M.D., Consent order 04-97 (New York State Board of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct May 4, 2004).
  6. ^ Lovett, Kenneth (May 6, 2004). "ZIT WIT GETS POPPED - STATE SQUEEZES DR. ZIZMOR WITH 40G FINE, PROBATION". New York Post. 
  7. ^ "Verifying Certification". American Board of Dermatology. Retrieved 22 December 2013.  (registration required)
  8. ^ Zinoman, Jason. (February 28, 2013). "’30 Rock’ and the Celebrity Cameo That Got Away (free preview)". New York Times. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Zizmor Turned Down A '30 Rock' Cameo". Huffington Post. February 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Barry, Dan. (January 8, 2006). "About New York; Here's Looking At You, Dr. Zizmor (free preview)". New York Times. 
  11. ^ Parker, Billy. "Dr. Jonathan Zizmor, The Subway Doctor". Gothamist. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Morrissey, Brian. (October 8, 2009). "New York subway riders, Dr. Zizmor speaks!". Adweek. 

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