Younan Nowzaradan (Persian: یونان نوذرادان; born October 11, 1944), also known as Dr. Now, is an Iranian-American surgeon specializing in vascular surgery and bariatric surgery. He is known for helping morbidly obese patients lose weight on the TLC reality television series My 600-lb Life (2012–present).
Education and medical career
Nowzaradan is a native of Iran. In 1970, he graduated from the University of Tehran with a Doctor of Medicine degree. He participated in the Medical Orientation Program at Saint Louis University in 1971 and completed a Rotating Surgical Internship at St. Johns Hospital (operated by St. John Providence Health System) in Detroit, Michigan. Nowzaradan is a fellow of the American College of Surgery. In addition, he maintains professional affiliations with the American Medical Association, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, and the Texas Medical Association.
Nowzaradan is currently affiliated with Houston Obesity Surgery in Houston, TX and practices at several local hospitals. Described as "one of the pioneers of the minimally invasive laparoscopic technique," he is also the author of several scholarly publications on obesity and laparoscopy. Despite his prominence as a weight loss surgeon, Nowzaradan continues to perform laparoscopic appendectomies and cholecystectomies, techniques which he is also said to have pioneered.
In 2012, Nowzaradan was sued for malpractice by a former patient claiming that he had left tubing inside her during her surgery. The case was dismissed the following year.
Nowzaradan has appeared on My 600-lb Life since its beginning in 2012. He is credited with 96 episodes and the show is ongoing. He has also appeared on installments of Body Shock, including the episodes "Half Ton Dad", "Half Ton Teen", and "Half Ton Mum". Nowzaradan has published a book on his experiences titled Last Chance to Live.
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