Celebrity doctors include physicians, medical professionals, people with the title doctor, and some with the nickname "doctor" who have extensive media exposure. Some may have a secondary role as an entertainer.[1] Examples of celebrity doctors include Dr. Drew, Dr. Miami, Dr. Oz, Dr. Ruth, Dr. Weil and Dr. Om Murti Anil.


Dr. Ruth Westheimer

A "celebrity doctor" is a medical professional noted for appearances on television, the internet and social media, books, and speaking engagements.[1][2] For many years, doctors such as Everett Koop, Benjamin Spock, and Ruth Westheimer (Dr. Ruth) gave advice on the radio, on television, and in books.[1] With the growth of the internet and social media, medical professionals had more places to reach the public, especially with messages alternative to mainstream medical advice.[1][3][4]

Celebrity doctors are part of a "healthcare–media complex" that constantly seeks new attention of consumers in the 24-hour news cycle with catchy content about health in order to achieve and maintain high ratings.[2] There is a conflict between their roles and responsibilities as medical doctors, and their roles as business people and entertainers.[5][6][7]

Consumers generally trust that the content they receive from celebrity doctors is valid due to their credentials and their fame. Content may be exaggerated and simplified by the need to gain and keep the public's attention, and is often general and may not be applicable to an individual receiving the content.[1][2][3][8] The problem of conflicts of interest becomes especially acute if a celebrity doctor endorses some specific product or approach to health when they deliver content about health, and also sells related products.[3][9][10][11] Sometimes the content is dangerous because people who are sick waste time following poor or irrelevant advice and their illness advances and becomes more difficult to manage.[3]

In The BMJ's Christmas 2014 edition, a study determined that for the TV show The Doctors, "evidence supported 63%, contradicted 14%, and was not found for 24%" of recommendations made by the panel of doctors, and for The Dr. Oz Show, "evidence supported 46%, contradicted 15%, and was not found for 39%" of his recommendations; the study also said that "the public should be skeptical about recommendations made on medical talk shows."[12]

List of celebrity doctors

Reality TV


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  14. ^ "Dr. Om Murti Anil: More than a cardiologist". Kalakarmi.com. February 3, 2023. Retrieved November 28, 2023.
  15. ^ "A Doctor With Heart Warming Compassion". GorakhaPatra. Retrieved November 28, 2023.
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  19. ^ Clarance, Daphne (January 1, 2024). "How a doctor is proving laughter is the best medicine". India Today. Archived from the original on January 1, 2024. Retrieved January 1, 2024.
  20. ^ Beck, Katie (July 6, 2016). "Australian celebrity doctor Ginni Mansberg's path to success". BBC News.
  21. ^ Haughney, Christine (July 6, 2012). "Dr. Oz, a TV Doctor, Is Driving Huge Magazine Sales". The New York Times.
  22. ^ Izadi, Elahe (April 18, 2015). "Dr. Oz responds after prominent physicians call for his firing from Columbia University". Washington Post.
  23. ^ Levinovitz, Alan (June 24, 2015). "The Problem With David Perlmutter, the Grain Brain Doctor". New York Magazine.
  24. ^ Norris, Chris (December 30, 2009). "Is Dr. Drew Pinsky's Show Therapy or Tabloid Voyeurism?". The New York Times.
  25. ^ O'Brian, Amy (November 7, 2005). "'Alternative' doctor wants more time spent in B.C". The Vancouver Sun.
  26. ^ Staff, Tokyo Reporter (July 12, 2016). "Tokyo court gives celebrity doctor suspended sentence for fraud". The Tokyo Reporter.
  27. ^ Bell, Thomas (May 28, 2009). "Philippines gripped by actress's affair with Doctor Hunk". The Telegraph.
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  30. ^ "'I'll never forget the woman with testicles on her head' - Pixie McKenna, Cambridge doctor and Embarrassing Bodies star". Cambridge News. March 14, 2014.
  31. ^ Clare, Rachel (August 10, 2010). "Celebrity TV doctor and Stroud GP Dawn Harper saddles up for charity". Stroud News and Journal.
  32. ^ Cosslett, Rhiannon Lucy (March 21, 2014). "Dr Christian Jessen: 'The public's thirst for gory medical things is insatiable'". The Guardian.
  33. ^ Helen, Helen (August 22, 2013). "Dr Christian Jessen: "The word 'exploitative' drives me mad"". New Statesman.