10 US Plastic Surgeons Bringing in the Million Dollar Paychecks

By Margaux Pangilinan

They are not only experts in what they do; they are also the wealthiest in their respective fields.

We will be taking a look at 10 US plastic surgeons bringing in the million-dollar paychecks who have not only helped a lot of people in their various medical conditions but have also contributed a lot for the benefit of the US medical industry and the world.

Maybe this carefully-made list will help you get ready for your next appointment (who knows, it can happen!)

10. Patrick Soon-Shiong


Net Worth: $8.7 billion (as of 2017)

Founder of American Pharmaceutical Partners, VivoRX, and Abraxis BioScience, Patrick Soon-Shiong is a South African-born American surgeon. In 2017, Forbes magazine ranked him at #47 among US billionaires. He was born on July 29, 1952.


Aside from being a surgeon, he is also a professor, a philanthropist, entrepreneur, businessman, and researcher. He studied in the following prestigious institutions: the University of the Witwatersrand; University of California, Los Angeles; and the University of British Columbia.

9. Gary K. Michelson


Net Worth: $1.6 billion (as of 2017)

Gary K. Michelson is a certified and well-known American board orthopedic spinal surgeon residing in Los Angeles, California.

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He is also an inventor and philanthropist. He is a Temple University graduate. He was able to get around USD $1.55 billion after a legal settlement with Medtronic in relation to the use of his patents.

8. James Andrews


Net Worth: $100 million (estimated, 2014)

James Rheuben Andrews, M.D, or just simply Dr. James Andrews, is an American orthopaedic surgeon and physician specializing in repairing the shoulder, knee, and elbow injuries.

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This Louisiana State University graduate is also notable for repairing damaged ligaments. He founded the organization American Sports Medicine Institute and has already published books in relation to elbow arthroscopy.

7. Terry Dubrow


Net Worth: $30 million

Terry J. Dubrow is a Yale University, and David Geffen School of Medicine (UCLA) graduate plastic surgeon and a celebrity doctor. To refresh your memory, you usually see him on the TV show The Swan and as a co-host of the reality TV show Botched together with Paul Nassif. He and his wife Heather also appeared on the show The Real Housewives of Orange County.

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He is in such great demand in the industry that his waiting list usually goes as long as 6 months. That is really a long wait, especially if you really want to have an appointment or surgery with him. He is also an author of Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig Present The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need to the Best Anti-Aging Treatments.

6. Leonard Hochstein


Net Worth: $20 million

Leonard Hochstein is one of Miami’s most popular plastic surgeons. A lot of people go to him for breast enhancement surgery and augmentation. He is also featured on the TV show Real Housewives of Miami, which got to him well-known status in both the medical and showbiz industries.


5. Robert Rey


Net Worth: $15 million

If you are residing in Beverly Hills, then you definitely know who Robert Rey is. This popular celebrity plastic surgeon has already made more than 100 appearances on TV.

Zimbio, Dr. Robert Rey

Notable examples include playing a doctor on 90210 and The Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills. He completed his studies in the following institutions: Arizona State University, Tempe campus; Harvard University; and Tufts University School of Medicine.

4. Garth Fisher


Net Worth: $15 million

Garth Fisher is a surgeon know to a lot of people for being one of the first doctors shown in the ABC Television show Extreme Makeover. His appearance on this highly-rated show got him to instant fame and to the status of one of America’s highly in-demand celebrity surgeons. Fisher was born on September 1, 1958, and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

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3. Ben Carson


Net Worth: $10 million

Ben Carson is a surgeon who has done so much for a lot of people in the US. He is a very well-known neurosurgeon and has successfully separated conjoined twins that were joined to the head. He is also an author writing his study and experiences of being a neurosurgeon.

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He officially retired in the medical field in 2013 and went very active in the world of American politics. He is currently serving as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since 2017 under the administration of Donald Trump.

He is known for being a lacto-ovo vegetarian which is due to health reasons and avoiding pesticides. He also promotes and emphasizes the benefits of vegetarianism.

2. Sanjay Gupta


Net Worth: $10 million

Medical correspondent for CNN and assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine, Sanjay Gupta is also a host of his own medical-themed TV shows and has contributed a lot for the medical industry.

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During the administration of then US President Barack Obama, he was offered a job as a US Surgeon General but turned down the offer due to family reasons.

1. Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz)


Net Worth: $7 million

Popular known as Dr. Oz, Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon and notable TV personality. Aside from being the host of his own shows like The Dr. Oz Show, NY Med, and The Truth About Food, he is also a professor at Columbia University.

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He is also an alleged pseudoscience promoter in which he gets mixed criticism from people inside and outside the medical field. He has also received numerous comments in relation to being a proponent of alternative medicine. His statements and quotes in relation to this have been exploited by scammers and various companies in order for consumers to buy various health supplements that are linked to weight loss.

Senator Claire McCaskill is one of popular examples of the people who heavily criticized Oz for his questionable promotion on alternative weight loss supplements. Regardless of the comments that he got, Oz has also done something right by voicing his great support in shutting down the controversial website Backpage where it earned millions of dollars for showing sex ads that featured children.



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