Born in Texas, Dr. Salehi has lived across the United States (from New Jersey to California). In high school, he was a varsity athlete and talented forensics debater. He attended college at Cornell University graduating with a degree in Human Biology. At Cornell he served as a founding member and vice president of the Cornell chapter of Phi Delta Epsilon (the premier international medical fraternity). At Cornell, he held numerous leadership roles, community service commitments, and research responsibilities. Dr. Salehi was selected by his professors to speak at one of Cornell University Commencement ceremonies in 2013.
Dr. Salehi went on to complete his medical education at one of the nation’s oldest medical schools—Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Founded in 1848, Drexel was the 2nd medical institution in the world established to train women in medicine. At Drexel, he was part of the Program for Integrated Learning, a pioneering curriculum offered to only 50 students and later adopted by other top medical universities. In medical school, Dr. Salehi was one of the few distinguished graduates inducted into the esteemed Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizing his charitable clinical work and empathetic, compassionate patient care.