Ali Salim, MD

Job Title

Plastic Surgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic

About Me

Having spent most of my life in California, I have been a Kaiser Permanente member for many years. I was pleased to become a Kaiser Permanente physician in 2007 when I joined the Plastic Surgery practice at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and Redwood City.

My practice incorporates the two key facets of plastic surgery: cosmetic/aesthetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. Having completed a microvascular surgery fellowship at Stanford University, I have a special interest in autologous breast reconstruction (for example, using a patient’s own abdominal tissue to reconstruct a breast via the so-called “DIEP” or “muscle-sparing TRAM” flap).

Prior to that, I completed a seven-year residency program that encompassed plastic and general surgery at UC Davis, in addition to wound healing research at the Children’s Surgical Research Lab at Stanford. My interest in medical research stems from my undergraduate and medical school studies, both at UCLA. Along the way, I spent time studying breast cancer at the National Institutes of Health as a Howard Hughes researcher.

Began Practice: 2006
Joined Kaiser Permanente:2007

Roles and Responsibilities

Chief of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery


Investigator Award, D. Ralph Millard Plastic Surgical Society (2004); Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Scientific Essay Contest (2004)

Family and Friends

With my wife, who is also a Kaiser Permanente physician, I have been privileged to volunteer my surgical skills to aid children in underdeveloped countries. So far, we have been to Vietnam and Peru, and we look forward to many more unforgettable memories!

Hobbies and interests

At home in the Bay Area, my free time is spent enjoying the outdoors, riding horses, sketching, sampling local restaurants, and appreciating classic cars.

Medical Education

David Geffen School of Medicine – UC Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA


Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Board Certification

Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

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