Safdar Khan

Safdar Khan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physician

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5
  • 180 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 64 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept

614-293-2663

About Me

As a spine surgeon, I take care of patients with conditions affecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine including degenerative conditions as well as adult and pediatric advanced deformity, which is my area of interest.

My patient care philosophy is to treat each patient as I would treat a member of my own family. In circumstances where surgery is needed, it’s already a very difficult and tense time for people. I pride myself in treating each patient as an individual. What might work for one patient might not work for everyone, so part of my job is to develop a treatment plan that’s specific to each person’s condition. That might include non-operative care or possibly surgery.

I believe that by combining the tenants of research, teaching and education to provide excellent patient care, I’m living Ohio State’s mission to provide personalized medicine for everyone.

I grew up in Pakistan and came to this country in 1998. Since then, I’ve been involved in medical research, teaching and education. My wife is a clinical psychologist from California and we have four boys. In my free time, I love to cook and I fancy myself an amateur chef. Back in the day I used to play bass guitar in a band. Hopefully there are no pictures available!
Highlights
  • Benjamin R. and Helen Slack Wiltberger Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery
  • Chief of the Division of Spine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Rated in top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2016
  • Completed over four years of benchtop research at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York
  • Published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, more than 30 book chapters and presented his work nationally and internationally
  • Sits on numerous national committees advancing spine surgery research

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis, Spine
  • Fracture Fixation
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Arthrodesis
  • Diskectomy
  • Intervertebral Disc
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Ankylosis
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement
  • Spinal Curvatures
  • Kyphosis
  • Spinal Diseases
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Fractures, Bone
  • Orthopedics
  • Back Pain
  • Spinal Cancers

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Aga Khan University Medical School, Karachi,
MD
11/1/1993 - 10/31/1998

Research Fellowship

Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

3/1/1999 - 6/30/2004

Internship

UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

6/25/2004 - 6/25/2005

Residency

UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

7/1/2005 - 6/30/2010

Fellowship

Rush Medical Center, Chicago, IL

9/1/2010 - 7/31/2011

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
7/25/2013

Academic Information

My Department

Orthopaedics

More About My Work

Reviews

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

180 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.7 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.7 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.7 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.5 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.8 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.5 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

    Dr Kahn is thoughtful, caring and exceedingly competent

  • Reviewed on Jun 13, 2021

    Dr. Kahn was extremely polite, courteous, and pleasant, and very compassionate about my condition. He understood my explanation of my symptoms and the problems I was experiencing, and he even gave me a reassuring touch/rub on my left shoulder/shoulder blade.

  • Reviewed on Jun 09, 2021

    Very good! Excellent!

  • Reviewed on May 27, 2021

    Dr. Khan is great and I would recommend him to any family or friends. He and his residents and assistants are always so helpful and knowledgeable and I wanted to recognize how hard they work!!

  • Reviewed on May 03, 2021

    Dr Khan is the best back Dr ever and if it wasn't for him ,I would be in a wheelchair . I have been to other Orthapedic Drs and the one screwed up and Dr Khan fixed it .

  • Reviewed on May 03, 2021

    very caring

  • Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

    Good experience -

  • Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

    excellent

  • Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

    Dr.Khan is exceptionally kind - and shares his knowledge and skill with professionalism.I feel very fortunate that I had him as my Surgeon.

  • Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

    I am very happy with Dr. Khan and am very happy that I found him to do my surgery. I had a very lg. surgery. I couldn't of found a dr. any better to do my surgery.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Khan has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Prosydian
  • Spinal Elements
  • Medical Device Business Services Inc Subsidiary of DePuy
  • 4WEB Medical
  • Bioventus
  • Orthofix