Adnan Safdar

Adnan Safdar
Associate Professor

Adnan Safdar, MD, graduated from a medical school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 1994. After his graduation, he joined a family practice group in Pakistan. He then immigrated to the United States in 1996. From 1996 to 2003 he completed research fellowships in Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neurocritical Care. He then completed his Neurology residency from 2003 to 2007 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey. He then completed his Vascular Neurology fellowship in 2008 from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston. His research interest is in the area of stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage.

Selected Publications: 
Bhatt A, Safdar A, Chaudhari D, Clark D, Pollak A, Majid A, Kassab M. Medicolegal Considerations with Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator in Stroke: A Systematic Review. Stroke Res Treat. 2013;2013:562564. Epub 2013 Sep 4. Review.
Farooq MU, Bhatt A, Safdar A, Kassab MY, Majid A. Stroke symptoms and risk factor awareness in high school children in Pakistan. Int J Stroke. 2012 Dec;7(8):E15. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4949.2012.00899.x.
Bhatt A, Farooq MU, Safdar A, Hejabian S, Razak A, Hussain SI, Kassab MY, Majid A. ABCD2 Score and Large-Artery Atherosclerosis. Neurohospitalist. 2012 Jan;2(1):12-7. doi: 10.1177/1941874411418239.
Bhatt A, Majid A, Razak A, Kassab M, Hussain S, Safdar A. Predictors of occult paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in cryptogenic strokes detected by long-term noninvasive cardiac monitoring. Stroke Res Treat. 2011 Feb 22;2011:172074. doi: 10.4061/2011/172074.
Bhatt A, Farooq MU, Enduri S, Pillainayagam C, Naravetla B, Razak A, Safdar A, Hussain S, Kassab M, Majid A. Clinical significance of serum zinc levels in cerebral ischemia. Stroke Res Treat. 2011 Feb 14;2010:245715. doi: 10.4061/2010/245715. PMID: 21403822
Kumar S, Langmore S, Goddeau RP Jr, Alhazzani A, Selim M, Caplan LR, Zhu L, Safdar A, Wagner C, Frayne C, Searls DE, Schlaug G. Predictors of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement in patients with severe dysphagia from an acute-subacute hemispheric infarction. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2012 Feb;21(2):114-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2010.05.010. Epub 2010 Sep 19.
Min Lou , Adnan Safdar, Jonathan A. Edlow, Louis Caplan, Sandeep Kumar, Gottfried Schlaug, D. Eric Searls, Richard P. Goddeau, Magdy Selim. Can ABCD2 score predict the need for in-hospital intervention in patients with transient ischemic attacks? Int J Emerg Med (2010) 3:75–80
Comparison between primary angioplasty and stent placement for symptomatic intracranial atherosclerotic disease: meta-analysis of case series. Siddiq F, Memon MZ, Vazquez G, Safdar A, Qureshi AI. Neurosurgery. 2009 Dec;65(6):1024-33; discussion 1033-4. doi: 10.1227/01.NEU.0000360138.54474.52. PMID: 19934961
Education and Professional Positions: 
MBBS, Rawalpindi Medical College, University of the Punjab; Rawalpindi, Pakistan 1994
Selected Abstracts: 
Abstract T P298: Impact of Accurate Weight Based Dosing of IV tPA in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients …, A Maaz, L Cai, T He, G Sachdeva, L Morgan, A Safdar… - Stroke, 2015 - Am Heart Assoc
Abstract W P338: Association of Triglyceride-HDL Cholesterol and LDL Cholesterol HDL Cholesterol Ratios With Symptomatic Intracranial Atherosclerosis VB Jani, SS Chaudhry, V Jadhav, S Hussain, A Safdar… - Stroke, 2014 - Am Heart Assoc
Abstract W P310: Contemporary Trends In The Ischemic Stroke “Weekend Effect” On IV Thrombolytic Use, In-hospital Mortality, Discharge Disposition, Hospital … …, A Hassan, S Chaudhry, F Suri, M Kassab, A Safdar… - Stroke, 2015 - Am Heart Assoc
Abstract W P144: Association of Resting Heart Rate With Cerebrovascular Risk Factors and Carotid Artery Stenosis. VB Jani, A Malik, A Khan, S Hussain, M Rao, A Safdar… - Stroke, 2014 - Am Heart Assoc
Disparities In Rates Of Thrombolytic Use And Discharge Disposition Among Acute Ischemic Stroke According To Socioeconomic Status In United States …, A Patel, S Hussain, A Razak, M Qureshi, A Safdar… - Stroke, 2015 - Am Heart Assoc
Academic Appointments: 
2016-Present: Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Michigan State University, Neurology
2008-2016: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Michigan State University, Neurology
Postdoctoral Training: 
Vascular Neurology Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; Boston, MA 2008
Neurology Residency, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Newark, NJ 2007
Neurology Research Fellowship, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Newark, NJ 2003
Neurology and Neurosurgery Research Fellowship, State University of New York, Millard Fillmore Hospital; Buffalo, NY 2002
Clinical Interests: 
  • Teaching residents, fellows and medical students
  • Taking care of stroke and neurocritical patients
Research Interests: 
  • 2002-2003: Neurology Research Specialist: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • 2001-2002: Neurology and Neurosurgery Research Fellow: State University of New York, Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, NY
  • 1999-2001: Pathology Research Observer: Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
American Academy of Neurology
American Medical Association
American Heart Association
Board Certified, Neurology, American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry 2011
Board certified,Vascular Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology 2012
Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease

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