Safdar Khan

Safdar Khan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physician
4.7 out of 5
  • 287 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 67 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

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

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location. Please call the “Schedule an appointment” number shown above for scheduling assistance.

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Education and Training

Education History


UC Davis Medical Center
6/25/2005


UC Davis Medical Center
6/30/2010

MD
Aga Khan University Medical School
10/31/1998


Rush Medical Center
7/31/2011


Weill Medical College of Cornell University
6/30/2004

Academic Information

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
7/25/2013

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.

287 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.7 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 Oct 18, 2019

    Dr. Safdar Khan is a "miracle worker" as far as I am concerned! His level of expertise is amazing! He has such a warm, caring personality that you know that he will do all that he possibly can to help remedy your problems. He doesn't "beat around the bush". He tells you the facts about your problem and helps you to understand what he can do do help solve your problems to the best of his ability. I very much respect his professionalism, knowledge and skill as a physician and surgeon!

  • Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

    Dr. Khan arrived promptly and we discussed options I had available to treat my spinal stenosis. Before arriving I had convinced myself that surgery would be my only option'

  • Reviewed on Oct 08, 2019

    It was good experience.

  • Reviewed on Oct 03, 2019

    Explained everything detail.

  • Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

    The doctor has a very good bedside manner. He is patient and answers all of my questions. He is attentive.

  • Reviewed on Sep 06, 2019

    Dr. Khan & nurse very helpful & efficient.

  • Reviewed on Jun 07, 2019

    The provider was one of the best doctors I've ever had.

  • Reviewed on May 31, 2019

    Very good.

  • Reviewed on May 28, 2019

    Doctor Kahn is an exceptional physician who has guided me through a long recovery after his surgery.....and a really nice person!

  • Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

    Dr. Khan is extremely kind - he could see I was in pain and upset. I feel he is the best doctor to help me in my journey to wellness!

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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 11/21/2019, 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.

  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Prosydian
  • Stryker Corporation
  • DePuy Synthes
  • Spinal Elements