Dr. Drew Pinsky is finally practicing a little work/life balance.
Well, to be honest, it's more of a work/work balance. But for workaholic Pinsky, at least it's an acknowledgement that something had to give. As he turns even more attention toward TV, Pinsky confirms that he has wound down his medical practice.
Pinsky, whose new weeknight HLN series Dr. Drew debuted on Monday night, says he ended his job late last year as medical director of chemical dependency services at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, Calif. Before you congratulate him on the downsizing, however, remember that Pinsky — who's board certified in internal and addiction medicine — remains a staff member at Huntington Memorial Hospital and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Keck USC School of Medicine.
"I will be seeing medical patients in the outpatient setting one or two days a week," Pinsky says of his revised schedule.
That will allow him to focus on both of his daily shows: Besides Dr. Drew, Pinsky is also preparing to host the afternoon talk show Dr. Drew's Lifechangers this fall on The CW. Pinsky also continues to work on Celebrity Rehab, as well as hosting Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant specials.
Plus, Pinsky continues to host the syndicated nightly radio program Loveline, now opposite "Psycho" Mike Catherwood. For those keeping track at home, it will soon be possible to watch or listen to Pinsky for four hours nearly every day.
"It's more manageable," Pinsky says of the new schedule. (Also helping matters: Pinsky's triplets are now in their late teens and about to head off to college.) "I kept the parts that I like best. I'll still treat addicts when I want to," he adds.