Afshin A. Safa, MD
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Afshin A. Safa, MD


Dr. Safa has practiced at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for over 14 years where he serves as the Chair of the Cancer Committee and the Medical Director of the Harold and Carole Pump Radiation Oncology Department. Dr. Safa has expertise in IMRT, IGRT, SBRT, Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery, and Brachytherapy. He is recognized in Super Doctors® and Best Doctors in America for over 11 years.

Professional Societies:

  • Chair, Code Utilization Committee-American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
  • Past President-Los Angeles Radiological Society (LARS)




Medical Board Certification

Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology, 2000


Radiation Oncology, UCLA Dept of Radiation Oncology, 2000


Internal Medicine, UCSD Department of Medicine, 1996


MD, UC San Diego School of Medicine, 1995


Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Medical Services



  • Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (Trilogy)
  • Respiratory Motion Management(GI, Lung)
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
  • Brachytherapy


  1. Weng E, Rege S, Safa A, Sadeghi A, Juillard G, Mark R, Santiago S, Brown C, Mendelkern M, Tran L. Accuracy and Clinical Impact of Mediastinal Lymph Node Staging with FDG-PET Imaging in Potentially Resectable Lung Cancer. American Journal of Clinical Oncology 2000, 23(1):47-52.
  2. Rege S, Safa A, Chaiken L, Hoh C, Juillard G, Withers HR. Positron Emission Tomography: An Independent Indicator of Radiocurability in Head and Neck Carcinomas. American Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2000; 23(2): 164-169.
  3. Weng E, Rege S, Safa A, Sadeghi A, Juillard G, Mark R, Santiago S, Brown C, Mandelken M, Tran L; “Accuracy and clinical impact of mediastinal lymph node staging with FDG-PET imaging in potentially resectable lung cancer.” IJROBP, 1998, 42(1) Supplement: 332. Radiology, 1998, 209(P) Supplement: 163-164.
  4. Lee JT, Chen P, Safa A, Juillard G, Calcaterra TC The role of radiation in the treatment of advanced juvenile angiofibroma. Laryngoscope. 2002 Jul;112(7 Pt 1): 1213-20
  5. Vongtama R, Safa A, Gallardo D, Calcaterra T, Juillard G. Efficacy of radiation therapy in the local control of desmoplastic malignant melanoma. Head Neck. 2003 Jun; 25(6): 423-8.

In the News

  • Radio-KFWB- NEWS 980 AM- Dangers of Tanning Saloons and risk of skin cancer in young adults.
  • Radio-KFWB - NEWS 980 AM--Radiation effects on the food chain 3/18/2011
  • Television KTLA Channel 5 – TV News-3/6/2013--Valerie Harper and Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.
  • Television (LIVE) - KCAL Channel 9/ CBS News 3/17/2011-Featured LIVE at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. Answered questions from Channel 9 TV viewers on general radiation and radiation poisoning in response to the nuclear disaster in Japan.
  • Radio-KFWB - NEWS 980 AM--Radiation effects on the food chain 3/18/2011
  • Radio-KFWB - NEWS 980 AM--Iodine dangers and the rush to purchase in the event of a nuclear disaster. 3/17/2011
  • Radio-KFWB - NEWS 980 AM--Radiation exposure with the nuclear accident in Japan 3/15/2011
  • Radio-KFWB - NEWS 980 AM--Melanoma treatment. 8/26/10
  • Radio-KFWB - News 980 AM--Prostate Cancer. 3/16/09
  • San Fernando Valley Business Journal - Valley Healthcare Leaders- Health Care Rising Star. 12/19/05
  • Television - KCBS Channel 2 – TV News--Esophageal Cancer and Reflux disease - 10/11/2005
  • Television - KCAL Channel 9 – TV News--Esophageal Cancer and Reflux disease - 10/10/2005


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  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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  • Super Doctors® Southern California,  2023, 2024
  • Best Doctors in America, 2013 - 2014
  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2010- 2013
  • Listed in Preeminent Women’s Health Doctors, LA Magazine 2012
  • Best Doctors in America, 2007 - 2010
  • “Top Healthcare Professional in the Valley”. San Fernando Valley Business Journal, 2006
  • Los Angeles Radiological Society Award for Contribution to the Growth & Development of the society, 2006
  • Best Doctors in America, 2003 - 2006