Marc R. Safran, MD

Sports medicine surgeon

4.6 out of 5
230 Patient Ratings
24 Patient Comments

Sports Medicine Clinic

Child and Adult Hip Preservation Center

  • 450 Broadway Street
  • Pavilion A
  • Redwood City, CA 94063
  • Phone: 650-723-5643
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Professional Education

  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh (1994) PA
  • Internship: UCLA (1988) CA
  • Board Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (1996)
  • Board Certification: Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2007)
  • Medical Education: Duke University School of Medicine (1987) NC
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh, Sports Med. & Shoulder Surgery (1994)
  • MD, UCLA, Orthopaedic Surgery (1993)
  • M.D., Duke University (1987)

Honors & Awards

  • American Heart Association Student Research Fellowship, American Heart Association (1982)
  • Honor Student Society, UC Berkeley (1979-1983)
  • Magna Cum Laude, UC Berkeley (1983)
  • Best Resident's Paper, 3RD Place, Am. Acad. Ped., Orthop. Section (1990)
  • Best Resident's Paper, 1ST Place, Western Orthopaedic Association (1993)
  • Best Clinical Science Fellow's Paper, 1ST Place, University of Pittsburgh (1994)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Clinical Exchange Scholar, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (2001)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) International Traveling Fellow, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) (2002)
  • Irving Glick Award, Physician of the Year, Sanex WTA Tour (2001)
  • Guest Reviewer, Aircast Foundation Granting Board (2004)

Administrative Appointments

  • Board Member, Chair Council of Delegates, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2012 - 2014)
  • Vice President, International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) (2013 - 2017)
  • Vice President, International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA) (2014 - 2015)
  • Chief Orthopaedic Consultant, Women's Tennis Association (WTA) (2011 - Present)
4.7

Friendliness

4.6

Recommended to others

4.6

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.6

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.7

Confidence in your doctor

3.7

Wait times

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Consulting with other physicians giving care was extremely helpful

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. was great, nurse was great resident was OK.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Safran seems a capable surgeon, but his arrogance and indifference detracts from the post-operative experience. Neglecting to answer questions or responding with one or two word answers does not inspire confidence or gratitude.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

I was given a lot of time for questions, which I appreciated. I am uneasy that the conclusions drawn were based on a vaguely quantitative foundation that was at best not rigorous and at worst subject to quotidian variance: there was a test of strength where the doctor pushed on a limb and assigned a numerical value to the force I applied in the opposite direction, which is subjective, could be affected by an infinite number of confounding factors on either his or my end (time of day, sleep duration, food consumption, etc.) There's no way to make this a completely controlled setup, so the best suggestion I have is to ask whether there's anything temporarily affecting baseline force output and to provide dedicated instruments for measuring force rather than relying on a person to try to decide whether the amount of force output is constant across visits separated by months.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Safron was great. First time meeting him and he was awesome!

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Doctor didn't know my history, didn't go over MRI, rushed through my appointment, ignored my concerns, spoke too quickly to understand.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

On this visit he did not seem to be listening to what was going on with my progress. He seemed to have a pre-conceived notion of how he felt I should be progressing and not with what was actually happening with my recovery.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

I am very happy with the way the appointment went. I didn't get a lot of information about my condition, but it was my first appointment and he isn't sure what's wrong yet.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Safran is a personable, excellent doctor. I have already recommended him to a few people who have the type of problems that he deals with... Top Notch doctor!

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Exceptional willingness to answer my questions in a way that works best for my mind, and excellent understanding of what level of technical detail I need to hear. Took time to answer every question carefully and thoroughly to ensure I was comfortable and satisfied. I did have a sense that I should rush. When I pushed back about treatment recommendations to say I'd already tried some, did not ask very many details about how I tried them or their quality, which left me uncertain.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

I was not prescribed anti-nausea meds and vomited for hours the day getting out of surgery.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

He only discussed my right knee issue, & did not follow up on right shoulder issue.

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4.6 out of 5
230 Patient Ratings
24 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Consulting with other physicians giving care was extremely helpful

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. was great, nurse was great resident was OK.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Safran seems a capable surgeon, but his arrogance and indifference detracts from the post-operative experience. Neglecting to answer questions or responding with one or two word answers does not inspire confidence or gratitude.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

I was given a lot of time for questions, which I appreciated. I am uneasy that the conclusions drawn were based on a vaguely quantitative foundation that was at best not rigorous and at worst subject to quotidian variance: there was a test of strength where the doctor pushed on a limb and assigned a numerical value to the force I applied in the opposite direction, which is subjective, could be affected by an infinite number of confounding factors on either his or my end (time of day, sleep duration, food consumption, etc.) There's no way to make this a completely controlled setup, so the best suggestion I have is to ask whether there's anything temporarily affecting baseline force output and to provide dedicated instruments for measuring force rather than relying on a person to try to decide whether the amount of force output is constant across visits separated by months.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Safron was great. First time meeting him and he was awesome!

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Doctor didn't know my history, didn't go over MRI, rushed through my appointment, ignored my concerns, spoke too quickly to understand.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

On this visit he did not seem to be listening to what was going on with my progress. He seemed to have a pre-conceived notion of how he felt I should be progressing and not with what was actually happening with my recovery.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

I am very happy with the way the appointment went. I didn't get a lot of information about my condition, but it was my first appointment and he isn't sure what's wrong yet.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Safran is a personable, excellent doctor. I have already recommended him to a few people who have the type of problems that he deals with... Top Notch doctor!

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Exceptional willingness to answer my questions in a way that works best for my mind, and excellent understanding of what level of technical detail I need to hear. Took time to answer every question carefully and thoroughly to ensure I was comfortable and satisfied. I did have a sense that I should rush. When I pushed back about treatment recommendations to say I'd already tried some, did not ask very many details about how I tried them or their quality, which left me uncertain.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

I was not prescribed anti-nausea meds and vomited for hours the day getting out of surgery.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

He only discussed my right knee issue, & did not follow up on right shoulder issue.

SHC Patient, May 2015

X-rays and MRI of the left hip were not reviewed and explained. More emphasis on the hamstring repair instead of the hip for which the studies were ordered for. Needed to go for a 2nd opinion to get a clear diagnosis and treatment plan for the hip

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Safran is awesome, glad to have him as my doctor.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Very condescending, made me feel less important as a patient because I'm not a "pro athlete."

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

I was blown away by Dr. Salran's competence and geniality.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Dr. Safran quickly understood my level of technical understanding and adapted & explained my condition & treatment.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Brief, curt, had his mind made up & did not listen to me.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Excellent care & attention.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Would have liked warning that severe knee pain possible 4 hours after injection. Actual injection was very smooth.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

The provider was fantastic!

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

My doctor made me confident he knew what he was doing.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Great guy but more interested in talking than in listening.

SHC Patient, Dec 2013

Excellent all around provider, best I've ever had.