5 wealthiest, 5 lowest net worth specialties

Infectious diseases and plastic surgery are at opposite ends of the net worth spectrum, according to Medscape's "Physician Wealth & Debt Report 2021."

More plastic surgeons are worth $5 million or more than physicians of any other specialty, while more infectious diseases specialists are worth $500,000 or less than those of any other specialty.

The report, released June 10, includes responses from 13,000 physicians in more than 29 specialties.

5 specialties with the most sub-$500,000-net-worth physicians:

  • Infectious diseases: 38 percent
  • Pediatrics: 36 percent
  • Family medicine: 36 percent
  • Internal medicine: 35 percent
  • Neurology: 35 percent

5 specialties with the most physicians worth $5 million or more:

  • Plastic surgery: 26 percent
  • Orthopedics: 25 percent
  • Dermatology: 23 percent
  • Urology: 23 percent
  • Cardiology: 23 percent

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