Safdar Khan

Safdar Khan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Appointments: (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 two 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 over 90 peer reviewed papers, 18 book chapters and presented his work nationally and internationally
  • Sits on numerous national committees advancing spine surgery research

Specialties and Conditions I Treat

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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

MD
Aga Khan University Medical School
10/31/1998

Residency

Orthopaedic Surgery
UC Davis Medical Center
7/1/2005 - 6/30/2010

Fellowship

Adult & Pediatric Spine Surgery
Rush Medical Center
9/1/2010 - 7/31/2011

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Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
7/25/2013

My Department

Orthopaedics

Reviews

186 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.6
  • Listens Carefully 4.7
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.7
  • Knows My Medical History 4.5
  • Shows Respect 4.8
  • Time Spent Together 4.5

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 05, 2018

He paved the way for me to walk without pain again - I hate to think where I would be today without his expertise.

Reviewed on Jun 03, 2018

care provider was extremely friendly and informative

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

This was first visit results were explained again and follow up instructions given

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

listened intently and answered all questions with images or props.

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

All good

Reviewed on May 13, 2018

Seemed very open and down to earth.

Reviewed on May 04, 2018

spoke positive of other members, moved you along without being rude to anyone

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2018

both Dictors I spoke with were patient, good listeners who made sure I understood their explanations.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

Always a good experience as Dr. Kahn is responsive to questions and very courteous. Dr. Hamilton was also responsive and courteous.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

Although the wait time to see Dr. Khan was typically at least 45 minutes, he was well worth the wait. Dr. Khan never made me feel like he was in a rush to get me in and out of the office. He seemed attentive when listening to my concerns and took the time to contemplate next medical steps.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/26/2018, 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 at 614-293-7802.

  • Stryker Corporation
  • Spinal Elements