Dr. Safa is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology at UCLA School of Medicine. He is active in teaching residents and medical students in the art of bedside manners and how to help patients manage their emotional challenges while fighting cancer. Dr. Safa has practiced at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for over 17 years where he serves as the Chair of the Cancer Committee and the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Leavey Cancer Center. Dr. Safa has expertise in IMRT, IGRT, Stereotactic Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, and Brachytherapy. He is recognized in Best Doctors in America for over 13 years. He was awarded Humankindness Award by Dignity Health Hospitals for his exemplary compassionate care.
I teach my patients as to what is happening to their body and what to expect both emotionally and physically when diagnosed with cancer. Positive encouragement and proper nutrition are critical in this fight.
I provide state of the art cancer care for my patients in a friendly, compassionate setting. I treat based on proven science and not hype. I will do my best to deliver the highest quality evidence based radiation oncology. My patients and I make decisions together based on their needs/expectations and my professional expertise.
One my patient's wrote: "Going through such a difficult time, I never expected to be happy to see the smiling faces that greeted me every day let alone miss them when my treatment was over."
Dr. Safa's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Board certified in Radiation Oncology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Radiology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Safa's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Head and Neck Cancer
Pituitary Gland Cancer
3D Conformal Radiotherapy
Breast Cancer Treatment
Cancer Pain Management
Cranial Stereotactic Radiosurgery
External Beam Radiotherapy
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
Radiation Oncology Procedures
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of California, Los Angeles
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1991
University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine
Medical School | Graduated 1995
University of California At San Diego
Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
University of California, Los Angeles. (UCLA)
Residency Hospital | Completed 2000
University of California, Los Angeles. (UCLA)
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2000
Long Beach Mem Hosp
Other Education | Completed 1999
Other Education | Completed 2002
U Pitsburgh Hlth Ctr
Other Education | Completed 2009
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Listed in America’s Top Doctors, 2005-2006
Outstanding Achievement Awards in Physics & Math, 1988
Listed in The American Breast Cancer Guide, 2005
AMA Physician Recognition Award, 1999
Listed in Los Angeles Magazine, Southern California Super Doctors, 2010
Listed in Best Doctors in America Aiken SC: Woodward/Whit, 2005-2006
Los Angeles Radiological Society Award for Contribution to the Growth & Development of the society, 2006
Listed in Best Doctors in America Aiken SC: Woodward/White, 2003-2004
Listed in Best Doctors in America Aiken SC:Woodward/White, 2007-2008
Listed in Best Doctors in America Aiken SC: Woodward/White, 2009-2010
RSNA Research Resident Grant- $30,000 Stipend for “Investigating the role of radiation therapy in prevention of restenosis in vascular grafts, 1998
First Place Scientific Exhibit Award for Oncology - Los Angeles Radiological Society, 1999
Winner of “Top Healthcare Professional in the Valley”. San Fernando Valley Business Journal, 2006
Listed in Los Angeles Magazine, Southern California Super Doctors, 2011
Media & Publications
Positron Emission Tomography: An Independent Indicator of Radiocurability in Head and Neck Carcinomas, 2000
Accuracy and Clinical Impact of Mediastinal Lymph Node Staging with FDG-PET Imaging in Potentially Resectable Lung Cancer, 2000
Efficacy of radiation therapy in the local control of desmoplastic malignant melanoma, 2003
The role of radiation in the treatment of advanced juvenile angiofibroma, 2002
Radiation effects on the food chain 3/18/2011, 2011
Iodine dangers and the rush to purchase in the event of a nuclear disaster, 2011
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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