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 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
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Fractures, Bone
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis, Spine
  • Diskectomy
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

MD
Aga Khan University Medical School
10/31/1998

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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My Background

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
7/25/2013

My Department

Orthopaedics

Reviews

269 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

61 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 05, 2019

took his time and went over the game plan as far as how to move forward and getting the proper diagnosis for my problem

Reviewed on Apr 05, 2019

Dr. Kahn is so caring. What a guy.

Reviewed on Mar 08, 2019

Dr. Khan is extremely bright, engaged and committed to helping us understand and resolve our problems.

Reviewed on Mar 04, 2019

Dr. Kahn is an outstanding surgeon and person

Reviewed on Feb 08, 2019

Dr. Kahn is very informative and patient.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

OSU & Dr. Khan are excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

Excellent bedside manner, very friendly and professional. Extremely confident in his speech

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2019

Love Dr. Kahn. He listens..understands and does everything to try to help. Very down to earth. Makes you feel heard and taken care of.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019

Very knowledgeable; empathic; thorough

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

DR Khan is the professionals, perfessional

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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.