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Arif Saleem, MD

Arif Saleem, MD

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  • Rush Copley
  • Castle


Year began practicing:
Year joined staff:


  • Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Urdu


  • Castle Orthopaedics

Accepted Insurance Plans

  • Aetna Health Plan of IL
  • Aetna Managed Choice
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna US Health Care
  • Aetna US Health Care Managed Choice
  • Aetna US Healthcare Open Access
  • BC/BS Blue Advantage
  • BC/BS Blue Choice
  • BC/BS Illinois
  • Blue Choice POS
  • Blue Cross
  • Cigna PPO
  • CorVel
  • Health Link
  • HFN (Healthcares Finest Network)
  • Humana Affiliated Medical Group
  • Humana Gold Plus Plan
  • Humana Health Plans Of IL
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana POS
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare


Medical School

Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois


Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan


Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Orthopaedic Surgery


Florida Orthpaedic Institute, Tampa, Florida, Shoulder and Elbow

Teaching or Professional Positions

  • Team Physician, Metea Valley High School
  • DJO Surgical, Laboratory Instructor for the Reverse Shoulder Prosthesis Product Training, Orthopedic Learning Center, Rosemont, IL.
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America, Laboratory Instructor for Orthopedic Resident Arthroscopy Course.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Candidate Member, American Shoulder and Elbow Society

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Special Practices & Procedures

  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Labral repairs
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Complex Shoulder Fractures
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Injuries in Throwing/Overhead Athletes
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Complex Elbow Fractures
  • Elbow Tendon Tears
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Elbow Instability
  • Elbow Injuries in Throwing Athletes

What Patients Are Saying

  • Dr. Saleem is an excellent surgeon.
  • Dr. Arif Saleem is fantastic!  I've recommended him to several people.
  • Dr. Saleem is exceptional and very friendly.
  • I had a fantastic outcome from Dr. Saleem!

Physician Bio

Dr. Saleem is an experienced shoulder and elbow surgeon who is committed to providing his patients with the most advanced care available.  He treats patients of all ages ranging from young athletes to older weekend warriors. Dr. Saleem manages many issues without surgery, but if surgery is necessary, he has over 15 years of experience with surgical treatment of complex shoulder and elbow problems. He uses leading edge technology combined with care and compassion to provide the best possible outcomes for his patients.

Dr. Saleem's Philosophy: When I walk through that door, I want every one of my patients to feel like they are the only patient I have to see that day. I want to give them my undivided attention to help me focus on their issues allowing me to make the correct diagnosis and provide the best treatment plan.

Recent Publications

  • Aurora University, “Current Trends in Treating the Athlete’s Shoulder,” Lecturer for over 100 Athletic Trainers at Current Trends in Sports Medicine Conference, Feb 2016.
  • “Dr Bones,” Dr Saleem has been presenting to 3rd graders for 6 years about bones, joints, muscles and Orthopedics at Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School in Aurora.
  • Aurora Beacon News, Featured as the first Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Fox Valley area to perform a Reverse Shoulder Replacement, 2008.
  • “The Reverse Shoulder Prosthesis for Glenohumeral Arthritis Associated with Severe Rotator Cuff Deficiency.  A minimum two-year followup study of sixty patients,” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 2006
  •  “The Reverse Shoulder Prosthesis for glenohumeral arthritis associated with severe rotator cuff deficiency.  A minimum two- year followup study of sixty patients,” Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 2005

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