Tamer I. Sallam, MD, PhD
Photo: Tamer Sallam
Elected 2022

Dr. Sallam is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He currently serves as Vice-Chair, Department of Medicine, Executive Co-Director of the UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program, and Co-Director of the UCLA Lipid Center. Dr. Sallam is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He completed residency and chief residency training in Internal Medicine at Yale, followed by Cardiology fellowship training at UCLA. Dr. Sallam graduated from the STAR program at UCLA earning a PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology. The Sallam Lab investigates the role of regulatory RNAs in cardiometabolic diseases with a focus on the contributions of lncRNAs and epitranscriptomic mechanisms in gene-phenotype relationships. Dr. Sallam’s work has provided key insights into mechanisms controlling precise and synchronized regulation of gene expression in cardiometabolic diseases.


In 2015, Dr. Sallam was named the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine investigator at UCLA. Dr. Sallam is the recipient of the American College of Cardiology Presidential Career Development Award, American Heart Association Transformational Project Award and Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists. His lab is funded by multiple NIH R01 and foundational grants.