Safdar Khan

Safdar Khan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physician

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5
  • 163 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 56 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
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Ankylosis
  • Intervertebral Disc
  • 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.

163 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 Apr 14, 2021

    Dr. Khan spent a great deal of time with me reviewing my complicated condition.

  • Reviewed on Apr 04, 2021

    I was first checked out and interviewed by a student neurologist. She showed my MRI to Dr. Kahn. I wish they had done the discussion in front of me.

  • Reviewed on Apr 02, 2021

    THE BEST; very good rapport, very knowledgeable and great bed side manners.

  • Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

    the PA-C came in initially. she was great but I wasn't sure I was actually going to see the doctor. I did and he was incredible but communication here could be slightly better.

  • Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

    Excellent explanation of anatomy/pathology and treatment.

  • Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

    Excellent

  • Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

    this visit exceeded my expectations

  • Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

    Four and a half yrs. of treatment, each visit or surgery was excellent.

  • Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

    alwaysexcellen

  • Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

    Very good experience, however, he appeared to be being called to surgery. I did feel somewhat rushed & forgot to ask some of my questions.

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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