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Dr. Salemy

Seattle Plastic Surgeon and “One of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons”

Meet Dr. Salemy

Seattle Plastic Surgeon and “One of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons”

Associate Clinical Professor, President of the Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons & Award Winning Plastic Surgeon

Board-certified and award winning plastic surgeon, Dr. Shahram Salemy specializes in cosmetic surgery in Seattle, Washington. He is highly regarded for his experience, skillset and for having earned exceptional professional distinctions and credentials in plastic surgery.

A native of Austin, Texas, Dr. Salemy attended Yale University and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. While at Yale, he was involved in several activities and organizations, most notably The Yale Men’s Varsity Soccer Team, which he captained in 1994.

Dr. Salemy was then accepted at The Yale University School of Medicine and graduated in 1999. While in medical school, he conducted and published research in both Pediatric Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, and upon graduation was awarded The Connecticut Society of The American Board of Surgeons Prize, an honor reserved for the single graduating medical student
who demonstrates excellence in the surgical sciences.

Dr. Salemy spent the next six years of training in Seattle at The University of Washington School of Medicine residency program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, one of America’s finest plastic surgery training programs.

During his residency he conducted research in the fields of Pediatric and Adult Craniofacial Surgery, research which was subsequently published and which he presented at national plastic surgery meetings.

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In 2005, Dr. Salemy and his wife Sarah moved to Washington DC for Sarah to complete her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In Washington, Dr. Salemy joined one of the area’s most prestigious cosmetic surgery practices, where he specialized in facial and body rejuvenation. In 2006, he completed the rigorous two year board certification process by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board recognized by The American Board of Medical Specialties.

In addition, he was honored to be named Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at The George Washington School of Medicine, and that same year, was named one of “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by The Consumers’ Research Council of America, an award which he has won multiple times. In 2008, Dr. Salemy was once again honored to be named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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With a special interest in breast enhancement, body contouring, and facial rejuvenation, Dr. Salemy utilizes the latest cosmetic surgery techniques and tailors his treatment plan to the patient's individual needs and desires. His goal is for each and every patient to have a positive experience and an outstanding and lasting result, performed in a safe and confidential environment.

Living, Practicing & Teaching in Seattle

Dr. Salemy is one of the very few distinguished plastic surgeons in Washington to be appointed as an Associate Clinical Professor in The University of Washington’s Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery. As a Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Salemy trains plastic surgery chief residents in the area of cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Salemy is recognized for his commitment to his patients, and was honored with The Patients’ Choice Award for 2008 and again in 2009, an award voted on by patients in the Greater Seattle area for his outstanding patient care and surgical results, as well as being named a Finalist for the King 5 Best of Western Washington Award in the category of Best Local Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Salemy’s most recent distinction is being chosen as one of Washington’s 10 Best Plastic Surgeons by the American Institute of Plastic Surgeons (AIOPS).

Specializing in plastic surgery of the face, breasts, and body, Dr. Salemy provides a wealth of cosmetic surgery treatments in his AAAASF-accredited Seattle plastic surgery clinic, including:

Dr. Salemy lives in Seattle with his wife, Dr. Sarah Salemy, and their three daughters, Hannah, Lilah, and Mina. They enjoy running, soccer, and travel.


A board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Shahram Salemy strives to provide outstanding medical care and patient results by obtaining the highest credentials and accreditations in the field of plastic surgery.

Read more about Dr. Salemy’s board certification, credentials and teaching appointment below.

Member, The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)

Dr. Salemy received his board certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in 2006 after a stringent two-year certification process. The ABPS is the only plastic surgery board recognized by The American Board of Medical Specialties, requiring the passing of both written and oral examinations, extensive educational and research experience, and top-notch credentials from all candidates. The ABPS promotes safe, ethical, and effective plastic surgery by upholding rigorous standards in the education, examination, certification, and ongoing recertification of plastic surgeons.

Member, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Since 2008, Dr. Salemy has maintained an active membership in The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), whose mission is to ensure advanced surgical practices and the ethical treatment of all patients. Through its rigorous requirements for membership, including completion of six years of surgical training (three years in plastic surgery training) and board certification by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, as well as its ongoing continued training programs, the society’s members commit to superior quality patient care.

Member, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

As a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Salemy is among a distinct group of plastic surgeons committed to the advancement, safety, and excellence in aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine. Before being accepted as a member, a surgeon’s aesthetic surgical and nonsurgical experience is reviewed extensively along with meeting stringent requirements such as board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Members are provided with continuous education and training, with the goal of providing patient care that meets the utmost standards of safety and ethical conduct.

Fellow, The American College of Surgeons (FACS)

In 2008, Dr. Salemy received the privilege of becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), the world’s largest organization of surgeons, and a scientific and educational body committed to enhancing the treatment of surgical patients and elevating the standards of care within an ethical practice setting. The College is deeply committed to fostering ethical and proficient surgical practices; The FACS is an honor bestowed only on those practitioners who abide by its high educational and professional standards and conduct.

Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Washington School of Medicine

The University of Washington School of Medicine has one of the nation’s top plastic surgery training programs. Dr. Salemy spent six years in residency at the school’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program, completing his residency in 2005. In 2013, he was appointed as Clinical Instructor in the University’s Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery division, a position only offered to a select group of plastic surgeons, teaching chief residents in the areas of cosmetic surgery. As of July 1, 2022 Dr. Salemy has been promoted to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor.

Realself Verified Doctor

Dr. Salemy is designated a Realself Verified Doctor. Only three percent of physicians on Realself have earned this recognition in which they must meet and maintain the highest standards of trust, transparency, patient satisfaction, and patient education.

2024-2025 President & Member, The Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons

A member since 2010, Dr. Shahram Salemy was elected to the role of President of The Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons (NWSPS). The NWSPS is a regional organization dedicated to the field of plastic surgery, and catering to a membership of physicians hailing from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska, and Hawaii. This society was established with the goal of fostering innovation and collaboration within the realm of plastic surgery through the exchange of ideas among its members. Members convene to collectively enrich their knowledge and refine their surgical skills.

Honors & Awards

Along with rave patient reviews and testimonials, board certified Seattle plastic surgeon Dr.Shahram Salemy has received multiple awards over the course of his distinguished career and is recognized as one of the best providers of plastic surgery of the face, breast, and body.

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Additional Honors
Vitals.com Patients’ Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor Award, and “Top 10 Doctor” (Seattle Metro & Washington state)

Since 2008 Dr. Salemy has been a consistent recipient of The Patients’ Choice award for physicians that go above and beyond to make a real impact on the lives of their patients. Every year between 2009 and 2017 Dr. Salemy has been recognized for his bedside manner with The Compassionate Doctor Award. In 2014, Dr. Salemy was voted a Top 10 Doctor for the Seattle metro area, as well as the state of Washington, after millions of visitors to Vitals.com voted for the very best doctors in their areas.

Named one of “America’s
Top Plastic Surgeons”

Dr. Salemy has recently been recognized once again in this list in 2015. The prestigious list is compiled by the Consumers’ Research Council of America to find the best cosmetic surgeons in the country, and Dr Salemy is proud to have been frequently included since 2006.

Top Contributor

RealSelf.com awards the Top Contributor status to less than 10% of doctors in the RealSelf doctor community based on actual patient satisfaction, favorable feedback, and contributions to Q&A and other Realself activities.

Washington’s Top 10 Best Plastic Surgeons

Bestowed by the American Institute of Plastic Surgeons (AIOPS), the Washintgon’s 10 Best Doctors designation is based on nominations from patients, fellow physicians or AIOPS itself. AIOPS recognizes plastic surgeons who attain the highest levels of achievement in their field.

Castle Connolly Top Doctor

Dr. Salemy made the Castle Connolly Top Doctor list in 2019 and 2022. For a physician to be named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor requires peer nomination and an extensive review led by a physician research team to curate the “best” doctors in their specialties.

Healthgrades Honor Roll

Dr. Shahram Salemy is proud to have earned a place on the Healthgrades Honor Roll, which recognizes top physicians in the United States who meet stringent requirements and criteria, including board certification in their specialty.