Younan Nowzaradan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Younan Nowzaradan
Born (1944-10-11) October 11, 1944 (age 74)

Younan Nowzaradan (Persian: یونان نوذرادان‎;[citation needed] born October 11, 1944),[1] 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).[2][3]

Education and medical career[edit]

Nowzaradan is a native of Iran.[4] 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. In addition, he maintains professional affiliations with the American Medical Association, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, and the Texas Medical Association.[5]

Nowzaradan is currently affiliated with Houston Obesity Surgery in Houston, TX and practices at several local hospitals.[5] Described as "one of the pioneers of the minimally invasive laparoscopic technique,"[6] he is also the author of several scholarly publications on obesity and laparoscopy.[7] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Media appearances[edit]

Nowzaradan has appeared on My 600-lb Life since its beginning in 2012. He is credited with 96 episodes and the show is ongoing.[8] He has also appeared on installments of Body Shock, including the episodes "Half Ton Dad", "Half Ton Teen", and "Half Ton Mum".[8] Nowzaradan has published a book on his experiences titled Last Chance to Live.[9]

Personal life[edit]

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Nowzaradan was divorced from his wife Delores in 2002.[10] His son, Jonathan Nowzaradan, works as a director and producer for My 600-lb Life.[11][12]


  1. ^ King, Brittany (May 30, 2017). "My 600-Lb. Life Dr. Nowzaradan on Why It's Difficult for Patients to Keep the Weight Off". People. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Dr. Now". TLC. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ a b 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 d "Meet Doctor Nowzaradan". Houston Obesity Surgery. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "Let Dr. Now make your dreams come true | Dr Now MD". Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  7. ^ pubmeddev. "Author Results: Y Nowzaradan - PubMed - NCBI". Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  8. ^ a b My 600-lb Life, retrieved March 30, 2019
  9. ^ "Last Chance to Live". Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Burton, Toddy (August 3, 2007). "For TLC, With a Little TLC". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Hahn, Patrick D. (April 12, 2017). "Cutting edge: bariatric surgery may do more harm than good". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 8, 2019.