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19 Great Facts You Did Not Know About Dr. Drew Pinsky

1. David Drew Pinsky (born September 4, 1958), best known as Dr. Drew, is an American board-certified internist, addiction medicine specialist, and media personality.

2. He has hosted the nationally syndicated radio talk show Loveline since the show’s inception in 1984.

3. On television, he hosts the talk show Dr. Drew On Call on HLN, and hosted the canceled daytime series Lifechangers on The CW.

4. In addition, he serves as producer and starred in the VH1 show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, and its spinoffs Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House and hosts podcasts on the Adam Carolla podcast network.

5. As The New York Times described it in February 2008, Pinsky’s dual career in medicine and the mass media has required him to “navigat

6. In 1984, while still a medical student, Pinsky started appearing in “Ask a Surgeon”, a segment of a Sunday night KROQ-FM show hosted by Jim “Poorman” Trenton and “Swedish” Egil Aalvik. “Ask the Surgeon” soon combined with “Loveline”, another Sunday night segment, into a show of its own, co-hosted by Trenton and Pinsky.

7. Loveline went national in 1995, and the television version launched on MTV the following year, hosted by Pinsky and Adam Carolla.

8. The exposure on both radio and television made Pinsky the “Gen-X answer to Dr. Ruth Westheimer, with an AIDS-era, pro-safe-sex message.” The MTV show ran for four years, while the radio show continues on today with cohost Mike Catherwood.

9. On November 27, 2007, Pinsky began Dr. Drew Live, another nationally syndicated talk radio show where he focused on a wider range of health issues.

10. It originated from KGIL in Los Angeles, originally airing weekdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PT The show was canceled in December 2008.

11. On January 5, 2015, Pinsky launched a new weekday program, “Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood,” on KABC in Los Angeles.

12. Pinsky’s first television appearance was as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune in 1984, though he did not win.

13. He also served as “health and human relations expert” on the first season of the U.S. TV series Big Brother in 2000.

14. He has also hosted several shorter educational television series, starting with Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew, which ran for 10 episodes on the Discovery Health Channel, followed by Strictly Dr. Drew which addressed everyday health issues.

15. He later hosted the MTV series Sex…with Mom and Dad (2008 2009).

16. In 2008, Pinsky starred in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, a reality television show which involves celebrities in a drug rehabilitation facility.

17. The show was filmed at Pasadena Recovery Center, with Pinsky serving as the resident medical expert.

18. The series premiered January 10, 2008 on VH-1, and has been renewed for multiple seasons.

19. A follow-up show to Celebrity Rehab with many of the same celebrities was Sober House, which began its first season in January 2009, and included celebrities from the first two seasons of Celebrity Rehab continuing their recovery in a sober living facility. In November 2009, Pinsky starred in a spinoff of Celebrity Rehab, Sex Rehab with Dr.Drew, which depicted celebrities being treated for sexual addiction over the course of three weeks at the Pasadena Recovery Center.

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