Independent Physician Leadership Award ~ 2012
Dr. Ralph R. Salimpour, MD, DCH, FAAP
Salimpour Pediatrics Medical Group

Ralph Salimpour, MD, DCH, FAAP, has practiced medicine for over 60 years on three continents, dedicating his life to children and their care. Currently a clinical professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, he is founder of the Salimpour Pediatric Medical Group.  Dr. Salimpour’s clinical practice remains a referral center for the most clinically complex and scientifically challenging neonates and children in the region.

Dr. Salimpour is a native of Iran and received his medical degree from Shiraz University School of Medicine, then completed his residency and fellowship in England at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and the Duchess of York Hospital for Babies.  He received his diploma in child health from England’s Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Salimpour’s research in the areas of neonatal tetanus, malnutrition and rickets led him to establish and direct Her Royal Highness’ Research Institute of Child Health in Iran. His work on the basic mechanism and clinical manifestations of these diseases includes the largest ever published series on both tetanus and rickets. He has written and edited several books, including Tetanus and The Child in Health and Disease. In addition, his patient images have been published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Red Book Atlas of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Archives of Diseases in Childhood.  Dr. Salimpour recently completed the Atlas of Pediatrics, to be published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins in 2013.

Dr. Salimpour is the author of Silent River, Empty Night: Diary of a Pediatrician, published in 2007. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Farah. They have four children, including two sons who are pediatricians, as well as nine grandchildren.