Marc R. Safran, MD is Professor and Associate Director of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He also serves as the director of the sport medicine fellowship program at Stanford.
Dr. Safran earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1983. He completed medical school at Duke University, and completed his general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993. During his residency, he completed a one-year research fellowship in arthroplasty and joint stiffness funded through the NIH. In 1993, he spent a year at the University of Pittsburgh where he completed a Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery fellowship.
Dr. Safran worked in private practice in San Diego, California, before joining a health maintenance organization in Orange County, California, where he was the co-director of sports medicine, director of sports medicine research, and residency coordinator for residents from the University of California, Irvine. He joined the full time faculty at the University of California, San Francisco in 2001 as an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine Fellowship Director, Chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Service and Director of Sports Medicine Research. In 2007, he joined the faculty of Stanford University as a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate Chief of the Sports Medicine Division.
Dr. Safran has authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific articles, 75 book chapters, and 5 books relating to orthopaedic surgery, focusing mainly on sports medicine. He recently co-edited a book Surgical Techniques in Hip Arthroscopy and Joint Preservation Surgery and had edited 2 journals on hip arthroscopy and will be editing an upcoming supplement to the American Journal of Sports Medicine dedicated to hip arthroscopy.
Among his many research interests, he is currently focusing on clinical and basic science research of the non-arthritic hip. Dr. Safran started the MAHORN Group (Multicenter Arthroscopic Hip Outcomes Research Network) to study clinically related hip issues – including a validated hip outcomes quality of life score, assessment of geographic locations in the hip, description of pathology in the joint, and clinical evaluation (physical examination) of the hip, to name a few. From a basic science standpoint, Dr. Safran is studying hip and labral kinematics, labral repair techniques, articular cartilage repair, FAI surgery standardization and optimization, gait related changes in FAI, genetic determinants of FAI, and imaging of the hip.
Dr. Safran is on several editorial boards and is a member of several organizations, serving on many committees, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Western Orthopaedic Association and American College of Sports Medicine. He also is the President of the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science, and an elected member of the Herodicus Society, ACL Study Group, Magellan Society, American Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Safran also serves as a master instructor for Hip Arthroscopy at the Arthroscopy Association of North America’s Hip Course at the Orthopaedic Learning Center. Dr. Safran has received numerous awards, including the AOSSM – ESSKA Traveling Fellowship and the Sanex WTA (women’s tennis association) Irving Click Physician of the Year Award.
He was elected as a board member of ISHA, serving as the chairman of the Education Committee, which put together the program for the ISHA meeting in Paris, France, in October 2011.