Posted 05/31/2016 | By HealthCorps

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Healthcorps welcomes new board member PEDRAM SALIMPOUR, M.D., MPH


NEW YORK, NEW YORK (May 23, 2016)

HealthCorps, a national not for profit founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz, is pleased to announce the appointment of Pedram Salimpour, M.D., MPH as its newest board member.

Dr Salimpour is the co-founder of NexCare Collaborative, a not for profit organization that helps find affordable health insurance for poor families in the Los Angeles area, where he served as the organization’s executive vice president from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, he co-founded CareNex Health Services, a healthcare technology organization specializing in neonatal disease management programs with presence in over 40% of the neonatal intensive care units in the United States. A year later, 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.

After seeing HealthCorps’ Living Labs in-school program first hand, he was truly impressed. “Healthcorps was able to implement what they said they were going to do, their ideas were being executed in brilliant form.” Says Dr. Salimpour. “Implementation is a complex thing, but they got it right. They were able to teach teachers to make physical and mental health a priority for kids. To be allowed to be a small member of that family is very humbling, very exciting.”

As someone who routinely assesses candidates for medical school, Dr. Salimpour understands the importance that mental resilience plays in a student’s performance. “If a kid has hopped from triumph to victory, it’s very difficult to imagine how they may react to failure when it happens, and it happens to everyone. “says Dr. Salimpour. “If they don’t know how to get up and be better, if they don’t have resilience, they are going to fall and fail big.” Mental resilience is a major focus of HealthCorps programs and it was the mind/body concept that truly inspired Dr. Salimpour.

“As a pediatrician whose mission and whose family’s mission for six decades has been to bring care to children on a systemic scale, Pedram’s perspective and enthusiasm for Healthcorps’ mission will make him an invaluable asset to our board.” Says HealthCorps Chairman and Co-founder, Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Dr. Salimpour attended the University of California and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After completing his Master’s Degree in Public Health at UCLA, Salimpour attended Boston University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. He completed his residency at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California Medical Center.

He has been recognized for his work in the field of medicine, including his collaboration on the creation of Viagra. He is highly cited for his work linking both bicycle riding and smoking with impotence. During his time at Boston University School of Medicine, he received a Merck Pharmaceuticals Research Award and became the first medical student ever to become a two-time recipient of the American College of Physicians’ Research Award. He is one of few people to have received both an Alpha Omega Alpha Research Award and an Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Membership.

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. Currently, Dr. Salimpour serves as a member of the Boards of Directors at Boston University School of Medicine and UCLA School of Public Health, is a founding board member of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, and is the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Discovery Science Museum in Los Angeles.



HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization that gives teens tools to improve physical and mental health so they can learn to live more productive and happier lives. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought. The program will impact almost 1 million students across 19 states in 2016. The HealthCorps curriculum has been refined and developed in its in-school Living Labs program since 2003, where a full-time Coordinator is placed inside a high-need high school to mentor hundreds of students, teach health related workshops, and promote a variety of during and after school activities. Coordinators are recent college graduates who go on to careers in medicine, public health policy or wellness practices.  HealthCorps University is an intense professional development program that certifies participants to bring HealthCorps’ innovative health and wellness curriculum to their organization whether it’s a school system, community organization or corporation. In 2015, HealthCorps teamed with CK-12 to distribute free, interactive and customizable versions of the HealthCorps curriculum for educators and students to use. For more information please visit Healthcorps.org.






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