Josh Wilder (Survivor) Bio, Age, Parents, Height, Husband, Stomach, Medical Condition and Cancer, College, Job, Net worth

Josh Wilder Biography

Joshua “Josh” J. Wilder ( Dr. Joshua J. Wilder) is a Physician (doctor) and Surgical Podiatrist (Surgeon) originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is famous for competing in the CBS reality series Survivor 44.  Wilder is currently a Podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. Moreover, the doctor/physician has survived a kidney transplant, beat cancer, and grew up a gay Black man in Ohio. Wilder currently lives in Atlanta, Ga. 

Josh Wilder Age | Birthday

Born on April 1, 1988, Wilder, who is a doctor and Survivor 44 contestant is 34 years old (age as of 2022). He celebrates his birthday on the 1st of April each year.

Josh Wilder Parents

Wilder was born to his parents; Michelle Marie Tarpley (mother) and his father whose identity is still under review. Wilder was born with a congenital disorder called Prune Belly Syndrome, or Eagle-Barrett Syndrome. His mom, Michelle Marie Tarpley has always been there for him to support him as he went through difficult phases in his life. Wilder occasionally posts his mother’s photos on Instagram.

Josh Wilder
Josh Wilder

Josh Wilder Height

Wilder, a Survivor 44 contestant stands at a height measurement of 5 feet and 11 inches (approximately).

Josh Wilder
Josh Wilder (Photo Credit: CBS/Survivor 44)

Josh Wilder Husband/ Partner

Wilder is openly gay. He grew up a black gay man in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wilder is married to his partner/husband Alex. Wilder was proposed to by Alex in January 2023, and on January 28, 2023, he took to his Instagram page to share the news with his followers. Besides, the Podiatrist had proposed to Alex in August 2020, after which the two got married.

Josh Wilder Medical Condition and Cancer

Wilder was born with a rare congenital deformity called Prune Belly Syndrome, or Eagle-Barrett Syndrome. The rare disorder gets its name due to the clinical appearance of the abdominal muscles which appear wrinkled and “Prune-like.”  The abdominal muscles are weak, degenerated, or absent all together. Due to his condition, Josh was required to have a kidney transplant at nine years old. Wilder is on “life-long immunosuppressant medication which inadvertently caused him to develop stomach cancer when he was 25.” He then “had to have a complete stomach removal because of the cancer and relearn how to eat. Wilder is now cancer-free (Cancer survivor).

Josh Wilder Stomach

Wilder was diagnosed with stomach cancer at the age of 25 after years of immunosuppressant medication. Following the diagnosis, he had to have a complete stomach removal and relearn how to eat.

Josh Wilder College Education

Wilder attended Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine where he attained a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. While at the college, he was a member of the Pi Delta Honor society. Besides, Wilder also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Administration from Washington and Jefferson College.

Josh Wilder Job

Wilder is a physician (doctor) and surgical podiatrist (surgeon). He is currently a Podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. Previously, Dr. Wilder worked at  Emory Healthcare as a Surgical/Clinical Foot and Ankle Fellow. Besides, Wilder was Resident Physician at Allegheny Health for three years (Jul 2016-Jul 2019).

Josh Wilder Survivor 44

Wilder is one of the cast members of “Survivor 44” on CBS. He is a Surgical Podiatrist (surgeon) originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, Doctor Wilder lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and works as a Podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia.

Wilder describes himself as “Adventurous, charismatic, and ambitious.” He will play his Survivor game most like former Survivor contestant Avi, whom he says had a great social game and was a beast at challenges.

Moreover, Doctor Wilder is most proud of “graduating at the top of his class after undergoing a total gastrectomy during his first year of medical school.”

Wilder cites her mom to be her biggest inspiration as well as his deceased kidney donor, Kristen Reagle. Wilder’s kidney donor, Kristen Reagle died at the age of 15 from a drunk driver and her grandma donated all of her organs.

“Survivor 44” premieres on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at 10 pm ET on CBS. The season will kick off with a two-hour premiere.

The cast members are split into three tribes before they get to Fiji; Ratu, Soka, and Tika. Ratu Tribe consists of Matthew, Brandon, Kane, Jaime, Lauren, and Maddy. Soka Tribe has Josh, Frannie, Danny, Heidi, Matt, and Claire while Tika Tribe members are Bruce, Sarah, Yam Yam, Helen, Carson, and Carolyn.

The Sole Survivor/winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

Survivor 44 Cast

The cast members of Survivor 44 on CBS are:

  • Brandon Cottom
  • Bruce Perreault
  • Carolyn Wiger
  • Carson Garrett
  • Claire Rafson
  • Danny Massa
  • Frannie Marin
  • Heidi Lagares
  • Josh Wilder
  • Kane Fritzler
  • Helen Li
  • Jaime Lynne Ruiz
  • Lauren Harpe
  • Maddy Pomilla
  • Matt Blankinship
  • Matthew Grinstead-Mayle
  • Sarah Wade
  • Yamil “Yam Yam” Arocho

Josh Wilder Net worth

Wilder has an estimated net worth of $1 million-$5 million. He works as a Surgical Podiatrist. Doctor Wilder currently works as a Podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. He has worked as a Surgical/Clinical Foot and Ankle Fellow at Emory Healthcare.


Josh is active on Instagram. His Instagram handle is @lets_get_wilder with over 1,300 followers as of February 2023.