Safdar Khan

Safdar Khan, MD

  • Orthopaedic Surgery – Spine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Physician
4.8 out of 5
  • 191 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 68 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

  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • 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
  • 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.

191 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 Nov 14, 2021

    I cannot say enough about Dr.Khan. He is an incredible surgeon and an incredible listener. You really feel that he understands what's going on and how he can fix it and he did.

  • Reviewed on Nov 09, 2021

    Excellent overall experience.

  • Reviewed on Nov 04, 2021

    Dr. Khan is the BEST. He is a wonderful, caring, knowledgeable physician & surgeon - I love & respect him.

  • Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

    My care was excellent

  • Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

    The best there is was so glad to see him as he was me

  • Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

    Always caring and answers or explains my surgery.

  • Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

    They serve me well.

  • Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

    Dr. Kahn is awesome. In addition to being a consummate surgeon, he is engaging, a good listener, inquiring and answered all questions and explained all procedures and my x-rays clearly.

  • Reviewed on Oct 08, 2021

    Excellent! Advised me about treatment needed following my falls due to heart block & back injury during syncoptic episodes.

  • Reviewed on Oct 07, 2021

    Dr. Khan is the superman of the spine! I am very grateful that he is providing care for me. He explained in detail of my medical problem.

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