Dr. Afshin Safa, MD

Dr. Afshin Safa, MD

Radiation Oncology  ·  
Male  ·  
49 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Afshin Safa, MD is a radiation oncology specialist in Northridge, CA and has been practicing for 18 years. He specializes in radiation oncology.Read his story

Leavey Cancer Center

18300 Roscoe Blvd

Northridge, CA 91325
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Health Net of California
  • HealthCare Partners
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellPoint

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Top Care Areas

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more than 84% of peers
Thyroid Cancer
more than 5% of peers
Prostate Cancer
more than 5% of peers

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Dr. Safa's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Safa "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. "
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Safa "As a UCLA Professor who is active in teaching radiation oncology residents, 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. We provide state of the art cancer care  in a friendly, compassionate setting.

We incorporate the latest scientific research with state-of-the-art radiation techniques in your treatment. I am committed to foster a strong relationship with each patient based on trust, open communication, and compassion. We offer integrative oncology services to support your well-being and decrease stress with on-site nutritionists, cancer care navigators, and supportive care /meditation services.

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.""

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1  Specialties

  • Radiation Oncology

1  Board Certifications

  • Radiation Oncology
    Accredited by: American Board of Radiology*

22  Conditions Treated

19  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • 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
  • Seattle Hosp
    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
  • Esophageal Cancer and Reflux disease, 2005
  • General radiation and radiation poisoning in response to the nuclear disaster in Japan, 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Safa's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Safa to family and friends
159 total reviews (153 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (159)

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Dr. Safa's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (153)

All the staff here were so warm and caring. Jennifer and all the technicians were so kind and understanding. They all took the time to make sure I was always comfortable. I can't say enough about their kindness while I went through this stressful time in my life.
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An anxiety causing experience was made easier to navigate by the doctor and staff. The doctor was always available and answered all questions to my satisfaction. The staff was caring and sensitive to my needs, altogether wonderful. Calming massages after treatment were an unexpected addition.
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After battling Stage 4 cancer for 6 years I've been lucky enough to find a Doctor and his staff that really cares for your well being. Excellent care.
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Hasmukh, Tracey, Jessica, Jennifer made me feel extremely comfortable during this trying time (especially Jessica and Jennifer). Husmukh even made me a special shirt to be worn when my skin started to burn.
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