Safdar Khan

Safdar Khan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

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

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

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

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

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

252 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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

49 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 07, 2018

Dr. Khan is very concerned about my problem, and very good at explaining the situation. He takes all the time I need, and is very friendly. Makes me feel like I am his only patient.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018

very good

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018

Good.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018

Dr. Khan was very good... great listener & very easy to discuss my concerns with. I also liked the fact he was pro-active in numerous options regarding my neck problem... rather than outright surgery.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2018

I had all of my questions answered and my concerns were addressed. Dr Kahn was very reassuring about my condition.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2018

I chose Dr Khan based on his area of expertise and the high number of 5 star ratings. It took almost 5 months to get an appointment but was well worth the wait. I have every expectation that he will do everything to assist me with my back problem.

Reviewed on Oct 09, 2018

Dr Kahn is very personable and cares for his patients.

Reviewed on Oct 05, 2018

very easy to talk to

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

Dr. Kahn is excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2018

I waited over 2 hours but had a great appointment once I saw him

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Khan has reported no relationships with companies or entities.