Safdar Khan

Safdar Khan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physician

Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics

Accepting new patients
4.8 out of 5
  • 229 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 76 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

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

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

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.

229 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.8 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.9 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.7 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Apr 10, 2022

    Dr Khan is extremely compassionate and patient

  • Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

    Very friendly, professional, good listener, explained things well. I thought I would get an electronic summary report via email or a patient portal, but I did not. I did receive a copy from my referring doctor.

  • Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

    Good seems to want to figure out my problem.

  • Reviewed on Mar 07, 2022

    Everyone was knowledgeable, kind & caring.

  • Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

    Very caring and suggested a plan to relieve my pain

  • Reviewed on Feb 27, 2022

    Dr. Kahn is the ultimate surgeon, with true concern for his patients. He is driven to provide the medical care to resolve ones medical related issues.

  • Reviewed on Feb 24, 2022

    Dr. Khan was great. It wasn't his fault the wait was so long since he was in surgery.

  • Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

    He was outstanding to converse with regarding my back situation. Excellent professionalism.

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 10/25/2021, Dr. Khan has reported no relationships with companies or entities.