Sanjiv Narayan

Sanjiv Narayan

Cardiac electrophysiologist

Bio:   Dr. Narayan is Professor of Medicine and Cardiologist at Stanford University. His vision is to integrate bioengineering and computational methods with medicine for clinical practice, translational research, mentorship and education. Dr. Narayan is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Stanford Arrhythmia Center, whose mission is to develop world-leading therapy based on patient centered research for heart rhythm disorders. As Director of Electrophysiology Research, Dr. Narayan has built an extramurally funded “bedside-to-bench-to-bedside” program focused on atrial and ventricular fibrillation, applying computational and bioengineering solutions to detailed human physiological studies. This work led to novel computational mapping and the discovery of rotational drivers (rotors) for human cardiac fibrillation, as now confirmed by optical mapping in humans and numerous independent clinical studies. Ablation of these fibrillatory drivers (e.g. Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation, FIRM) improves patient outcomes in reports from multiple centers, and randomized trials are ongoing. Defining drivers of human atrial and ventricular fibrillation has become a major clinical and research area.

Dr. Narayan is a passionate mentor, and has trained numerous graduate students in bioengineering, residents/fellows in training and medical students. A large number of these trainees have received extramural funding, have won research and clinical prizes and over 80% remain in academic medicine. Dr. Narayan has won teaching prizes for his clinical mentorship as well as research prizes and his mentorship program has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (K24 HL103800, 2010 to present).

Dr. Narayan was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, then his family moved to Birmingham where he trained in medicine (MB, ChB) then software engineering (MSc) with a concentration on machine learning (neural networks). He subsequently gained membership (MRCP) then fellowship (FRCP) of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He moved to the renowned neuroimaging/computational laboratory of Arthur Toga, PhD at the University of California Los Angeles to conduct doctoral research in neuroscience which led to his research doctorate (MD). Using this training as a base, he completed U.S. clinical training in Internal medicine at Harvard/Mount Auburn Hospital under Dr. Charles Hatem, and Cardiology/EP at Washington University in St. Louis under Drs Michael Cain and Bruce Lindsay. Dr. Narayan is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, and has been voted as a “Top Doctor". He is a devoted family man, and he and his wife have three children. Together, they enjoy swimming, biking, skiing, music and travel.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The Narayan laboratory is extremely grateful to its funding agencies. Fellows in Dr. Narayan's Laboratory have been funded by the Fulbright Foundation, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Heart Rhythm Society and British Heart Foundation. Dr. Narayan's work has been supported by continuous grants over 2001-2020 from the NIH (HL70529, HL83359, HL103800, HL122384 and SBIR grants), the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and American Heart Association. To further develop technology resulting from this research for wider clinical use, Dr. Narayan co-invented intellectual property from this research owned by the University of California Regents. This IP was licensed to a start-up Dr. Narayan co-founded (Topera), in which he held equity and which was acquired in 2014 by Abbott Laboratories. Dr. Narayan has received consulting income from Abbott Electrophysiology, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, Uptodate and the American College of Cardiology
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Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Palo Alto

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2001)
  • Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Consortium (2001) MO
  • Board Certification: Cardiovascular Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine (2000)
  • Residency: Barnes and Allied Hospitals/Washington University School of Med (2000) MO
  • Internship: Mount Auburn / Harvard Medical School (1996) MA
  • MD (Neuroscience Doctorate), University of Birmingham, UK (1994)
  • Fellowship: UCLA - School of Medicine (1994) CA
  • Internship: University of Birmingham (1991) UK
  • MSc (Computer Science), University of Birmingham, UK (1990)
  • Medical Education: University of Birmingham (1987) United Kingdom

Honors & Awards

  • Ad Hoc Member, ESTA, CCIS, Other Study Section, National Institutes of Health (2008 - 2017)
  • Charter Member, ESTA Study Section, National Institutes of Health (2017 - present)
  • Finalist, Astra-Zeneca Cardiovascular Young Investigator Awards Competition, Astra-Zeneca-Competition (2001)
  • Finalist, Samuel Levine Young Investigator Awards Competition, American Heart Association (1998)
  • Finalist, Young Investigator Awards Competition, North American Society for Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE/HRS) (1998)
  • Mentor to Amir Schricker, MD, HRS Max Schaldach Fellow (declined in favor of ACC-Merck), Heart Rhythm Society (2012)
  • Mentor to Amir Schricker, MD, Recipient 1st Prize HRS 2013 Young Investigator Awards, Heart Rhythm Society (2013)
  • Mentor to Amir Schricker, MD, Recipient, ACC-Merck Fellowship, American College of Cardiology Foundation (2012 - 2013)
  • Mentor to Antonio Moyeda, RCVT,1st Prize, Allied Professionals, Heart Rhythm Society (2010)
  • Mentor to Christopher Kowalewski; Clinical Prize 2016 Stanford-Karolinska Institute Symposium, Stanford University (2016)
  • Mentor to David E. Krummen, MD. AHA Beginning-Grant-In-Aid, American Heart Association (2010 - 2012)
  • Mentor to David Krummen, MD, Finalist Young Investigator Awards Competition, American College of Cardiology Foundation (2008)
  • Mentor to David Krummen, MD, Finalist, Samuel Levine Young Investigator Awards Competition, American Heart Association (2011)
  • Mentor to David Krummen, MD, Recipient, ACC-Merck Fellowship, American College of Cardiology Foundation (2003 - 2004)
  • Mentor to Han Bui, MD, Recipient of ACC-Merck Fellowship, American College of Cardiology Foundation (2005 - 2006)
  • Mentor to Junaid Zaman, MD, Best Poster Award, European Society of Cardiology Meeting, Barcelona (2017)
  • Mentor to Junaid Zaman, MD, Fulbright Scholar, Fulbright Foundation (2015 - 2016)
  • Mentor to Junaid Zaman, MD, Recipient British Heart Foundation Grant 2014, British Heart Foundation (2014 - 2015)
  • Mentor to Junaid Zaman, MD; Featured Poster, Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions (2017)
  • Mentor to Mallika Tomboli, BS (MD class of 2019); Stanford MedScholars Program, Stanford University (2016 - 2017)
  • Mentor to Rachita Navara, MD; 1st Prize 2017 Stanford General Internal Medicine Symposium, Stanford University (2017)
  • Mentor to Rachita Navara, MD; 2016-7 Stanford Society of Physician Scholars research grant, Stanford University (2016 - 2017)
  • Mentor to Tina Baykaner, MD, Awardee Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined for HRS fellowship), American Heart Association (2015)
  • Mentor to Tina Baykaner, MD, Recipient, Josephson and Wellens Fellowship, Heart Rhythm Society (2015-2016)

Administrative Appointments

  • Co-Director, Stanford Arrhythmia Center (2016 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Electrophysiology Program, University of California, San Diego (2008 - 2014)
  • Director, Atrial Fibrillation Program, Stanford Medicine (2014 - Present)
  • Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Training Program, University of California, San Diego (2008 - 2012)
  • Director, Electrophysiology Program, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (2001 - 2014)
  • Director, Electrophysiology Research, Stanford Medicine (2014 - Present)

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SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Narayan, always has a smile, makes you feel 100% listened to, as well as providers answers to all and any questions, or concerns about your treatment.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Very friendly & communicative.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Narayan and his medical associate, Dr. Johnson (?), were terrific.

SHC Patient, May 2017

The doctor provided a thorough understanding of my condition, options and future care.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Overall experience was great!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Great explanation of problem, procedure, and follow-up. A great experience!

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

good

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Narayan & Dr. George? were totally excellent.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Very personable - we are very happy. Excellent doctor.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Narayan is the most qualified physician I have ever encountered. In addition to his many impressive credentials he is personable, caring and always takes the time to explain everything. He is an A+++ doctor!

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Excellent! Clear communicator who shared his knowledge freely with care and compassion. He acknowledged my concerns, answered my questions and inspired confidence.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

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4.9 out of 5
95 Patient Ratings
25 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Narayan, always has a smile, makes you feel 100% listened to, as well as providers answers to all and any questions, or concerns about your treatment.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Very friendly & communicative.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Narayan and his medical associate, Dr. Johnson (?), were terrific.

SHC Patient, May 2017

The doctor provided a thorough understanding of my condition, options and future care.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Overall experience was great!

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Great explanation of problem, procedure, and follow-up. A great experience!

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

good

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Dr. Narayan & Dr. George? were totally excellent.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Very personable - we are very happy. Excellent doctor.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Narayan is the most qualified physician I have ever encountered. In addition to his many impressive credentials he is personable, caring and always takes the time to explain everything. He is an A+++ doctor!

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Excellent! Clear communicator who shared his knowledge freely with care and compassion. He acknowledged my concerns, answered my questions and inspired confidence.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Already have.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Everyone is very friendly and will make you feel very important.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Narayan is awesome.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I fly from southern CA to see Dr. Narayan because of expertise and kindness.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Excellent, I felt I was talking to my father like home.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Narayan is hands down the best doctor I've ever had and I've had many more than my share. That is why I travel from Chicago to see him. Stanford is very fortunate to have him.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Sanjiv Narayan and I have great discussions! It more a chat amongst colleagues than doctor-patient.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Narayan is by far the most knowledgeable - Kindest physician I have seen.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Wonderful care

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Very helpful & informative explanation given to us by the provider for the treatment & medication prescribed for the problem & condition.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Wow! Dr. Narayan is one of several EPs that I have interviewed for my ablation. He & his staff are the ONLY ones who asked about my personal safety at home.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Way beyond excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Amazing!