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Keith Ablow
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Born (1961-11-23) November 23, 1961 (age 52)
Marblehead, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Occupation Self-help and mystery writer
Known for Hosted The Dr. Keith Ablow Show

Keith Russell Ablow (born November 23, 1961) is an American psychiatrist, New York Times best-selling author, and television personality. He has private practices in Newburyport, Massachusetts and Manhattan, New York. He also serves as a contributer to Fox News where he speaks about psychological issues. He has caused a great deal of controversy due to remarks he has made on such issues as homosexuality and gender identity. These remarks have caused him to distance himself from the American Psychiatric Association.

Early life and training[edit]

Ablow was born and raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brown University in 1983, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurosciences. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1987, and completed his psychiatry residency at the Tufts-New England Medical Center.

While a medical student, he worked as a reporter for Newsweek and a freelancer for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. After his residency, Ablow served as medical director of the Tri-City Mental Health Centers and then went on to become medical director of Heritage Health Systems.[1] He currently maintains a position as assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.[2]

Private practice[edit]

Since 1996 Ablow has had a private practice of forensic, adult and adolescent psychiatry with offices in Newburyport, Massachusetts and New York City. Ablow has testified in numerous high-profile cases, including those of Dr. Richard Sharpe, Clark Rockefeller, Richard Rosenthal, Mary Winkler and Joseph Druce.

During May, 2011 Ablow launched Dr. Keith Ablow Life Coaching, offering a team of life coaches trained by him who are experts at applying the content of his books "Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty" and "The 7: Seven Wonders that Will Change Your Life."

Television and writing career[edit]

As a medical student, Ablow became medical editor and producer for Lifetime Medical Television in New York City and Los Angeles from 1985-1989. He was selected by the American Association for Advancement as a Fellow, as well, and worked under their direction as a writer at Newsweek. The American Medical Association awarded him its Jerry Pettis Scholarship for his work in Communicating Science to the Public. He authored his first book, Medical School: Getting In, Staying In, Staying Human in 1987. In 2003 he created and was the Executive Producer of the CBS pilot, Expert Witness, starring Matthew Modine.

Ablow has written hundreds of columns/articles for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, Newsweek, The Baltimore Sun and The Boston Herald.

He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, The Howard Stern Show, Good Morning America, the CBS "Early Show," "Larry King," The Tyra Banks Show, Nancy Grace (CNN) program), Catherine Crier Live, "Glenn Beck," "Fox & Friends," "Geraldo," "Imus," "Montel," "Sally Jesse," "Maury Povich," "Inside Edition," "Showbiz Tonight," "Doctor's Radio," and The O'Reilly Factor. He has been interviewed by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer, Meredith Viera and many other print, television and radio journalists.

From June 2006 through September 2007, Ablow was host and executive producer of his own national daily talk show, The Dr. Keith Ablow Show, syndicated by Warner Bros. On October 17, 2006 he obtained an exclusive interview with John Mark Karr, the man who falsely confessed to being the murderer of beauty pageant child star JonBenet Ramsey. After interviewing Karr, Ablow asserted he was dealing with a "textbook case of pedophilia" and that Karr would continue to pose a threat to society once free.

Following his show's cancellation,[3] Ablow has been a contributing editor for Good Housekeeping Magazine and Men's Fitness, and a columnist for the New York Post.[1] He also contributes medical commentary and analysis for the Fox News Channel.

Ablow is the author of six psychological thrillers featuring Frank Clevenger, a forensic psychiatrist dedicated to a search for truth, no matter where it leads. More than one of the titles was a USA Today bestseller.

Ablow's true crime book, "Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson," was a New York Times bestseller.

In 2007, Ablow published a prescriptive self-help book, Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty in conjunction with a self-help web community.

On January 6, 2010, Ablow was physically assaulted and kicked in the head[4] by white supremacist and alleged murderer Keith Luke while visiting him in jail. Luke's defense attorneys had hired Ablow to assist with an insanity defense.[5]

Ablow's most recent book, The 7,[6] co-authored by Glenn Beck, was released in January 2011 and was a New York Times bestseller.

In April 2011, Ablow wrote a health column for[7] which criticized designer Jenna Lyons for publishing an advertisement in the J. Crew catalogue in which she was depicted painting her young son's toenails hot pink. Ablow wrote that gender distinctions are "part of the magnificent synergy that creates and sustains the human race". The column sparked a controversy around his claims that painting a child's toenails pink could have an effect on their gender identity and led to accusations of overreaction, as was reported upon by numerous news media sources.[8][9][10][11] Ablow refused to back down, even re-posting the column on his Facebook page.

During May, 2011 Ablow hosted a week of radio broadcasts for Boston's WTKK radio, 96.9 FM, as a prelude to a possible program of his own.

Ablow has also written widely circulated columns on addressing treatment strategies for major depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders.



  • Medical School: Getting In, Staying In, Staying Human (1987)
  • How to Cope with Depression (1989)
  • To Wrestle With Demons: A Psychiatrist Struggles to Understand His Patients and Himself (1992)
  • Anatomy of a Psychiatric Illness: Healing the Mind and Brain (1993)
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Kappler: The Doctor Who Became a Killer (1994)
  • Without Mercy: The Shocking True Story of a Doctor Who Murdered (1996)
  • Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson (2005)
  • Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty (2007)
  • The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life (2011) (co-authored with Glenn Beck)


The series features Frank Clevenger, a forensic psychiatrist from Massachusetts.

  • Denial (1998)
  • Projection (1999)
  • Compulsion (2002)
  • Psychopath (2003)
  • Murder Suicide (2004)
  • The Architect (2005)


  1. ^ a b Bio
  2. ^ "Keith Russell Ablow". Tufts University. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Dr. Keith Ablow Show: The Doctor is Out". TV Series Finale. February 5, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Keith Ablow gets jailhouse rocked". Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Alleged white supremacist killer attacks celeb shrink in jail". Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ "The 7". Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  7. ^ "J. Crew Plants the Seeds for Gender Identity". Fox News. April 11, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ Donaldson, Susan (2011-04-13). "J. Crew Ad With Boy Painting Toenails Pink Stirs Up Transgender Debate". ABC News. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  9. ^ Abraham, Tamara (2011-04-13). "J Crew ad featuring five-year-old boy with neon pink toenails sparks debate about gender identity in children". London: Mail Online. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  10. ^ Dakshana Bascaramurty (2011-04-13). "Is it wrong to paint your son’s nails bright pink?". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 
  11. ^ David Badash (2011-04-11). "Fox News Attacks J. Crew President For Ad With Son’s Toenails Pink". The New Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved 2011-05-19.