Dr. Max Gomez, a longtime lead medical correspondent for CBS New York who helped New Yorkers navigate the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak, died on Saturday, the station reported in a moving eulogy.

Cause of death

According to CBS 2, Gomez, also known as Dr. Max, passed away after a protracted illness.

His passing marked the station’s second loss this summer after its cherished meteorologist Elise Finch passed away unexpectedly in July at the age of 51.

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Net worth

Gomez’s estimated salary was $90, 566 per year.


He was 72 at the time of his death.


Dr. Max Gomez, the renowned medical correspondent, was married to Wendy Dessy though not much information is available regarding his personal life. He is survived by his children, Max Gomez IV and Katie Gomez.

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Dr. Max Gomez had a distinguished career as a medical journalist and science correspondent. Born on August 30, 1946, Dr. Gomez earned his M.D. degree from Albany Medical College and specialized in thoracic surgery. However, he transitioned into journalism, leveraging his medical knowledge to inform and educate the public about health-related topics. He began his journalism career as a medical reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City.

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During his tenure as a medical correspondent for CBS News, Dr. Gomez covered a wide range of health and medical issues, from breakthroughs in medical research to public health crises. His reporting provided valuable insights and helped viewers better understand complex medical topics.

In addition to many other awards, Gomez received an Excellence in a Time of Crisis Award from the city’s health department after 9/11.

Gomez received his Ph.D. from Wake Forest School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate studies at Princeton University. He was born in Cuba and immigrated with his family.

According to the station, the co-author of three books on science and health had encounters with popes and presidents via the advisory committees he was a member of.