Safdar Khan

Safdar Khan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physician

Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics

Accepting new patients
4.8 out of 5
  • 226 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 77 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
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors,” 2022

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

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

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

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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

8/1/2010 - 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.

226 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.7 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.6 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Dec 11, 2022

    Great experience...very nice

  • Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

    Good. Well taken care of.

  • Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

    Dr. Khen is an excellent surgeon for lower back problems, I was able to walk without pain after surgery which I was not without pain. I owe to him. Thank you and all the best.

  • Reviewed on Nov 09, 2022

    Very, very good! He did not receive the MRI he was supposed to get so he read the report on MyChart and the drew pictures for me to understand my condition and steps necessary to fix my spine. Almost every doctor would have made me come back. I appreciate what the doctor did! First time I ever gave a doctor a + positive opinion!

  • Reviewed on Oct 30, 2022

    Very kind and compassionate. Showed concern about my present condition. I felt he would do his best to help me.

  • Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

    My dr is great but I feel like he could spend a few more minutes with his patients.

  • Reviewed on Oct 07, 2022

    Dr. Khan is always very caring and listens. I feel confident he has my best medical intentions.

  • Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

    Dr. Kahn was kind and very informative.

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 09/30/2022, 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.

  • Medical Device Business Services Inc Subsidiary of DePuy
  • Bioventus
  • Prosidyan
  • SI-Bone