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Convocation Speaker

Pedram Salimpour, MD is the 143rd president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association. 


Pedram Salimpour, MD Dr. Salimpour attended Boston University School of Medicine, where he was named an Alpha Omega Alpha Research Scholar and an Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society Member, and was the first two-time recipient of the American College of Physicians’ Research Award.  He completed his residency at USC Medical Center/Keck School of Medicine, and holds a master’s degree in public health from UCLA.

In 2007, Dr. Salimpour acquired Alvarado Hospital in San Diego from Tenet Health Care Corporation, and co-founded Plymouth Health, a physician-owned company that owned and operated the medical center until 2011. In 2006, he co-founded CareNex Health Services, a health care technology organization specializing in neonatal disease management programs. CareNex has a presence in more than 40 percent of the neonatal intensive care units in the United States.  From 2001-05, Dr. Salimpour co-founded NexCare Collaborative, an organization serving the health care needs of more than 100,000 children and families in Southern California. Its collaborators included the National Institutes of Health and NBC Television. 

Dr. Salimpour has co-authored major grant awards from the National Institutes of Health / National Library of Medicine and the UniHealth Foundation, and has authored dozens of peer-reviewed scientific abstracts and journal publications. He serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Boston University School of Medicine and is a founding board member of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He is an adjunct professor of health and human services at the Center on Human Aging at San Diego State University, and is an associate professor of pediatrics at the UCR School of Medicine.

Dr. Salimpour received a commendation from former California Gov. Gray Davis of California for his distinguished record of service to the State, and in 2009 worked with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on California’s Health Care Reform task force.  Dr. Salimpour speaks regularly at national and international conferences, most recently serving as an invited keynote speaker at the Annual Scientific Colloquium at MIT; giving the keynote commencement address to more than 10,000 graduates at UCR; and serving as keynote speaker at the annual investors’ conference for Healthpoint Capital.

Dr. Salimpour is CEO and co-founder of Champion Health Enterprises, LLC, which is focused on the creation of novel health ecosystems for Native American tribes and their business entities.  He serves also as a twice-appointed commissioner on the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions Board, which manages more than $17 billion in assets.  

In 2005, Dr. Salimpour received an Emmy Award for his news documentary, “The Face of America.”