Marc R. Safran, MD
Professor and Chief of Sports Medicine
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
From the December issue: Does Injection of Hyaluronic Acid Protect Against Early Cartilage Injury Seen After Marathon Running? A Randomized Controlled Trial Utilizing High-Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Podcast: Listen to Dr. Safran discuss his article in the December issue.
Marc R. Safran, MD is Professor and Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He also serves as the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship program at Stanford and is a team physician for the Stanford Teams, including Head Team Physician for Men’s Basketball. Dr. Safran is also the Head Orthopaedic Consultant to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), and as a consultant for the NBA Players Association and NHL Players Association. Dr. Safran earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Berkeley and completed medical school at Duke University. He went on to the University of California, Los Angeles to complete his general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency. During residency, Dr. Safran completed a 1 year research fellowship funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Safran then completed a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Safran has authored or co-authored over 220 scientific articles, 125 book chapters and 9 books relating to orthopaedic surgery, focusing mainly on sports medicine. He is a diplomat at the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and he has been a board member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) as well as the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) societies. He has served on many committees for the AOSSM, including the research committee, Traveling fellowship committee (chair), CoD (Chair), Education committee, and fellowship committee, as well as being an editorial board member of AJSM. He is a past president of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA – now International Society for Hip Arthroscopy and Joint Preservation) and most recently completed his 2 year term as president of the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS).
Selected Other Published Work
Safran, M.R., Garrett, W.E. Jr., Seaber, A.V., Glisson, R.R., Ribbeck, B.M.: The Role of Warm Up in Muscular Injury Prevention. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 16(2): 123-129, 1988.
Safran, M.R.: Nerve Injury About the Shoulder: Part I: Suprascapular Nerve, Axillary Nerve. Current Concepts Review. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE 32(3): 803-819, 2004.
Safran, M.R.: Nerve Injury about the Shoulder in Athletes, Part 2: Long Thoracic Nerve, Spinal Accessory Nerve, Burners/Stingers, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Current Concepts Review. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE 32 (4): 1063 – 1076, 2004.
Mihata T, Safran MR, McGarry MH, Abe M, Lee TQ: Elbow Valgus Laxity May Result in an Over-estimation of Apparent Shoulder External Rotation during Physical Examination. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE. 36(5): 978-982, 2008.
Martin RR, Mohtadi N, Safran MR Leunig M, Martin HD, McCarthy J, Guanche CA, Kelly BT, Byrd JWT, Clohisy JC, Philippon MJ, Sekiya JK: Differences in Physician and Patient Ratings of Items Used To Assess Hip Disorders. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 37(8):1508 – 1512, 2009.
Scanlan SF, Blazek K, Chaudhari AM, Safran MR, Andriacchi TP: Graft Orientation Influences the Knee Flexion Moment During Walking in Patients with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 37(11): 2173 – 2178, 2009.
Rylander JD, Shu B, Andriacchi TP, Safran MR: Preoperative and Postoperative Sagittal Plane Hip Kinematics in Patients with Femoroacetabular Impingement During Level Walking. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 39 (1): 36S – 42S, 2011.
Young SW, Dakic J, Stroia K, Nguyen ML, Harris AHS, Safran MR: Hip Range of Motion And Association With Injury in Female Professional Tennis Players. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE. 42 (11): 2654 – 2658, 2014.
Shibata K, Matsuda S, Safran MR: Arthroscopic Hip Surgery in the Elite Athlete: Comparison of Female and Male Competitive Athletes. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE. 45(8): 1730 – 1739, 2017. Doi: 10.1177/0363546517697296, 2017.
Johanssen AM, Behn AW, Shibata K, Ejnisman L, Thio T, Safran MR: The Role of Anterior Capsular Laxity on Hip Microinstability: A Novel Biomechanical Model. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 47(5): 1151 – 1158, 2019. Doi: 10.1177/0363546519827955.
Nathani A, Gold GE, Uchechukwuka DM, Hargreaves B, Finlay A, Safran MR: Does Hyaluronic Acid Protect Against Early Articular Cartilage Injury Seen After Marathon Running? A Randomized Controlled Trial Utilizing High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Accepted for Publication in the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 2019.
Truntzer JN, Hoppe DJ, Shapiro LM, Safran MR: Can the FEAR Index Be Used To Predict Microinstability in Patients Undergoing Hip Arthroscopic Surgery? In Press AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 2019. DOI: 10.1177/0363546519876105.