Who is Doctor Mike?
Doctor Mike is a Russian-born American internet celebrity doctor, family medicine physician and social media personality. Mike’s real name is Mikhail Varshavski, and he was born on 12th November 1989.
His YouTube channel is known for promoting healthy habits to his viewers. Sometimes he does educational videos explaining medical news, often posting YouTube shorts.
His Instagram account went viral after being labelled The Sexiest Doctor Alive thanks to his impressive fashion sense and physique. Mike was featured in BuzzFeed and People magazine’s 2015 issue.
In the same year, he established a foundation called ‘Limitless Tomorrow’ to help students with scholarships.
Mike was nominated at the 10th Annual Shorty Awards for “Breakout YouTuber of the Year.” He was nominated along with huge personalities such as Peter McKinnon and Will Smith.
Personal life of Doctor Mike
Mikhail “Mike” Varshavski was born on 12th November 1989, in Saransk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (Russia). Mike’s father, who was a physician and his mother, a mathematics professor, migrated to Brooklyn when he was only 5 years old.
Mike’s father, who used to be a mathematics professor, started sweeping floors for minimum wage in Brookly. Meanwhile, his father attended medical school for the second time since his degree from the Soviet Union was not valid in the USA. Many people thought his father was not intelligent because he didn’t speak English very well.
It wasn’t hard for Mike to learn English since he moved to the US very young. Although on his first school day, he answered every question from his teacher with “yes”, “no”, and “maybe” before his teacher realized he didn’t speak English.
Mike has one older sister, Dasha and three nephews Ari, Steven and Daniel. His family had a lot of financial struggles. They lived in a one-bedroom apartment, and Mike even shared that buying a bag of chips wasn’t always easy as he had to plead with his parents even for a quarter.
Doctor Mike was a nickname given to Mike by his friends who came to him with his sports injuries. Mike liked his father’s relationships with his patients and decided to choose the same path. He decided to become a doctor. Mike attended Staten Island high school and later enrolled in the New York Institute of Technology. In addition, Mike got accepted for an accelerated seven-year combined track for a bachelor’s degree in life sciences and a doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine.
Mike’s mother passed away during his first year of medical school due to leukaemia. At this time, Mike was living alone, but he decided to move back to his father’s home after his loss.
In 2014, Mike started his residency at Atlantic Health System Overlook Medical Center’s Family Medicine program.
Mike owns a Siberian Husky named Roxy. His day starts with a run alongside his pet dog. Mike is an enormous fitness enthusiast and loves playing sports such as basketball and tennis. He has a black belt in ‘Taekwondo,’ a Korean martial art.
He is very close with his family. On 27th January 2019, Mike featured his nephews in a YouTube video, “Kids Ask Awkward Health Questions.”
Doctor Mike is involved in a lot of charity works. He often uses his social media to raise money for charitable causes. Mike shaved his head to display his support towards “St. Baldrick’s children’s cancer organization in one of his videos.” He then urged his followers to donate money and pledged to match the highest donation made through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. He also comes up with inspiring tweets to motivate and encourage his fans and followers.
The love life of Doctor Mike
Doctor Mike shared that he had his first kiss during Middle school with a girl named Sky. It happened in Brooklyn in front of a small grocery shop during rain.
Mike stated that his biggest turn-ons are passion, confidence and soft skin. On the other hand, his biggest turn-offs are arrogance and bad breath.
Doctor Mike is currently single, and it is not known if he is dating anyone.
As of his past relationships, in 2015, Doctor Mike dated model and actress Pia Alonzo Wurtzback. She was also crowned Miss Universe 2015. They broke up in 2016.
After splitting up, Mike was rumoured to have dated Fox news reporter Jennifer Lahmers. This rumour was further fueled when Jennifer shared a snap of Mike spending Christmas with her. The two dated between 2016 and 2017.
Doctor Mike stated that he doesn’t believe in relationships based just on physical attraction.
The career of Doctor Mike
In early 2012, Mike created his Instagram account to document his life as a medical student. He shared that you cannot have a life in medical school. As much as it is hard to believe, Mike struggled to talk to girls and didn’t handle well speaking in public.
He was determined to overcome this obstacle, put himself out of his comfort zone and shared that he read the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.
In 2015, Mike had already established a decent audience, but it was nowhere near what happened after. It all started when Buzzfeed published an article about him, “Um, You Really Need To See This Hot Doctor And His Dog”, that highlighted his relationship with his dog and good looks. His Instagram went viral and more followers kept coming.
Mike quickly started helping other students with his Limitless Tomorrow organization that provides scholarships. In January 2016, Mike raised money for his organization in collaboration with dating app Coffee Meets Bagel and auctioning experiences with himself through social media. This campaign raised over $100,000 for his foundation.
On 18th August 2016, Mike created a self-titled YouTube channel to inspire, motivate and post comedy-education content. Some of his videos include ways to reduce stress and cancer risks.
He was invited to guest-star in ABC network television shows such as “Good Morning America” and “Nightline”. Mike even appeared in popular talk shows like “Today”, “Rachel Ray Show” and “The Doctors”.
In 2017, Mike gave a TEDx Talk on “The epidemic of the ‘I Know It All’ expert” at a TEDxMonteCarlo event. This video has almost 3 million views as of 2021.
In 2018, after finishing his residency, Mike joined Chatham Family Medicine, a family practice with Atlantic Health System, in Chatham, New Jersey.
The controversy of Doctor Mike
Doctor Mike is one of the people who think the Coronavirus pandemic situation shouldn’t be taken lightly. He often incentivizes people to stay at home and be responsible in his videos.
Despite that, he was later shown to be very hypocritical as he attended a beach party himself.
After that, Mike uploaded an apology video. This video was severely criticized because it got uploaded on his second channel. There is no way to assume how the public reacted because visibility of likes has been disabled by YouTube. One certain thing, the comments weren’t pleasant.
How much does Doctor Mike earn? Net worth!
Doctor Mike’s net worth is estimated to be $7 million. His income comes from his two YouTube channels, Instagram account and last but not least, Medicine Service life.
Mike’s YouTube account has more than 8.5 million subscribers. Throughout the five years that his channel has existed, Mike gained almost 1.3 billion views. Mike gets nearly 2 million views per day. His most viewed video, “Real Doctor Reacts to THE GOOD DOCTOR | Medical Drama Review | Doctor Mike”, has 31,5 million views.
In addition, Mike has an Instagram account with nearly 4.5 million followers. He posts almost daily about his doctor and fitness life. Mike also showcases various products from his own clothes merch.
Most importantly, Mike works as a family medicine physician at Atlantic Health System Overlook Medical Center. Mike’s salary is unclear, but we have some data to work with. In a recent survey, a family medicine physician in the US received $550k as the base pay. Besides, they get paid $275k as a bonus and Non-EquityIncentive comp.
Interesting facts about Doctor Mike
- Doctor Mike’s zodiac sign is Scorpio.
- His weight is 176 lbs or 80 kilograms.
- His height is 6’ 2” or 191 centimetres.
- His full name is Mikhail Varshavski, and he is from Russia.
- On his first day in school, he answered all his teacher’s questions with the words’ yes,’ ‘no,’ and ‘maybe’ until his teacher realized that he couldn’t speak English.
- He was named the Sexiest Doctor alive in 2015 by BuzzFeed.
- He has two dogs.
- He has played Minecraft while reviewing Minecraft hospital builds, and his username is “Doctor_Mike” while collaborating with Logdotzip.
- He pranks other doctors in a video.
- Varshavski won the 2020 Webby Awards for Education & Discovery, as well as for Health & Fitness in the category Social.
- He was invited to guest-star in ABC network television shows such as “Good Morning America” and “Nightline”.
- Doctor Mike shared that he had his first kiss during Middle school with a girl named Sky. It happened in Brooklyn in front of a small grocery shop during rain.
- His guilty pleasure song is “NSYNC Bye Bye Bye”.
- Mike shared he is self-conscious of his big thighs and has trouble finding a good pair of jeans.
- He had braces twice in his life and still wears them at the bottom teeth.
- Mike is near-sighted.
- His favourite sport is basketball.
- Mike’s dream honeymoon destination is Santorini, Greece.
- Mike only broke one bone in his life. His left wrist when he was learning to snowboard.
- He was voted class clown in high school.
- His favourite holiday is New Year’s. In Russia, they celebrate it as if it was Christmas.
- Mike’s favourite shirt is a plain black V-neck T-shirt.
- He was once asked for a selfie during a code blue. That means someone’s heart stopped, and he needed to be revived.
- His dream superpower is mind-reading.
- Mike’s most embarrassing moment was in kindergarten when he did number two in his pants.
- He has one tattoo. It is on his back and says “Nosce te Ipsum”, Latin for “know thyself”.
- Mike is afraid of unsecured heights.
- Mike doesn’t drink coffee much because he is very sensitive to caffeine.
- His favourite Instagram is Kingbach. He thinks he’s hilarious and would like to make a video with him in the future.
- The most famous person he has ever met is Elton John. He met him at one of his award galas.
- When he was a child, his favourite toy was the second Genesis game console.
- His favourite medical procedure is knee injection because there’s so much utility to this procedure.
- Mike is not allergic to anything.
- He always wanted to go sky-diving.
- His favourite movie of all time is Man on Fire.
- The movie that makes him cry is John Q.
- Mike is a big fan of Denzel Washington.
- He is a cookie and cream milkshake addict.
- Alaska is his favourite place that he visited. Primarily for its breathtaking views and genuinely great people.
- His favourite patient is a couple that had some sexual life troubles. Thanks to Mike, they overcame these troubles and gave birth to a baby girl. This girl is now Mike’s patient.
- Mike shared that he spends a lot of money on watches and suits. He likes to be classy.
- His favourite car company is Ferrari.
- His oldest friend Alex Red.
- Mike’s favourite quote is by Charles Cooley “I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am.”
- His favourite album is the Drive soundtrack.
- His favourite TV show is “Friends”.
- Mike’s Russian nickname is Misha. It’s basically the same as when you call him Mike.
- He is deathly afraid of scorpions.
- Mike’s favourite drink is Gin with club soda and a sprinkle of lime.