Younan Nowzaradan

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Younan Nowzaradan
یونان نوذرادان
Born (1944-10-11) October 11, 1944 (age 75)
Other namesDr. Now
Alma materUniversity of Tehran (MD)
OccupationSurgeon, tv host
Known forAppearances on My 600-lb Life
Delores McRedmond
(m. 1975; div. 2002)

Younan Nowzaradan (Persian: یونان نوذرادان‎;[citation needed] born October 11, 1944),[1] also known as Dr. Now, is an Iranian-American surgeon, TV host, and author. He specializes in vascular surgery and bariatric surgery. He is known for helping morbidly obese people lose weight on My 600-lb Life (2012–present).[2][3]

Education and medical career[edit]

He is a native of Iran,[4] but of Assyrian origin. In 1970, he graduated from the University of Tehran with a Doctor of Medicine degree.[5] 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.[5] Nowzaradan is a fellow of the American College of Surgery.

Nowzaradan is currently affiliated with Houston Obesity Surgery in Houston, TX and practices at several local hospitals.[5] He is the author of several scholarly publications on obesity and laparoscopy.[6]

Accusations of malpractice[edit]

In 2007, Colleen Shepard sued Nowzaradan after the death of her daughter Tina Shepard. She claimed Nowzaradan failed to inform her daughter of the risks involved with a gastric bypass surgery. Shepard died one year after her procedure from complications of liver failure and blood poisoning. The lawsuit also stated that proper aftercare was not provided. Nowzaradan stated, "We called and called her to make follow-up appointments, and she said she would come in, but she never showed up."[7]

In 2012, a deceased patient's spouse filed a lawsuit claiming that Nowzaradan and the hospital he worked at failed to properly diagnose the severity of her husband's condition, which ultimately led to his death after a procedure. Nowzaradan denied the allegations and the lawsuit was dropped a little over a year later.[7]

Again in 2012, Michelle Park, a patient, sued Nowzaradan and his anesthesiologist for malpractice. She claimed Nowzaradan left a 6.69 inch piece of tubing during a procedure, and that the tubing ended up puncturing her colon. The suit was dismissed for unknown reasons. Nowzaradan claimed, "The lawsuit against me was dismissed because I was not the one who left the tube."[7]

In June 2017, Nowzaradan was sued for $1,000,000 by a patient, claiming that he botched their abdominoplasty. He also claimed that the botched procedure left a "deformed abdomen," and "extreme pain." In 2018, a request to dismiss the suit was filed by the accuser.[7]

In September 2017, a 72-year-old woman sued Nowzaradan claiming he left a stainless steel connector and tubing inside of her. She is seeking compensation between $200,000 and $1,000,000. Nowzaradan denies the allegations.[8]

Media appearances[edit]

He has been on My 600-lb Life since 2012[9] He has also appeared on installments of Body Shock, including the episodes "Half Ton Dad", "Half Ton Teen", and "Half Ton Mum".[9] He also has made two books titled Last Chance to Live (2017).[10] & The Scale Does Not Lie, People Do (2019).[11]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Delores McRedmond; they divorced in 2002, they were married for 27 years. The couple have three children.[12] His son, Jonathan Nowzaradan, works as a director and producer for My 600-lb Life.[13][14]


  1. ^ King, Brittany (May 30, 2017). "My 600-Lb. Life Dr. Nowzaradan on Why It's Difficult for Patients to Keep the Weight Off He is best". People. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dr. Now". TLC. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Levitt, Alice (October 2, 2017). "Dr. Younan Nowzaradan of My 600-lb Life, a Weight-Loss Doctor Who's No Quack". Houstonia. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Lear, Samantha (May 15, 2018). "Meet Dr. Nowzaradan, the Man Behind All of the 'My 600-Lb Life' Success Stories". In Touch Weekly. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Meet Doctor Nowzaradan". Houston Obesity Surgery. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  6. ^ pubmeddev. "Author Results: Y Nowzaradan - PubMed - NCBI". Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Ribecca, Carmen. "What you didn't know about the doctor from My 600-lb Life". Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  8. ^ "My 600-lb Life Star Dr. Nowzaradan Sued for Medical Malpractice". In Touch Weekly. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  9. ^ a b My 600-lb Life, retrieved March 30, 2019
  10. ^ "Last Chance to Live". Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Iracheta, Michelle (October 3, 2019). "'My 600-lb Life' Houston doctor reveals 22 weight loss tips in exclusive interview". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
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  13. ^ Burton, Toddy (August 3, 2007). "For TLC, With a Little TLC". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  14. ^ Hahn, Patrick D. (April 12, 2017). "Cutting edge: bariatric surgery may do more harm than good". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 8, 2019.