Sanjiv Narayan

Sanjiv Narayan

Cardiac electrophysiologist

Bio:   Dr. Narayan is Professor of Medicine, Co-Founder of the Arrhythmia Center and Director of the AF Program. He directs the Computational Arrhythmia Research Laboratory, dedicated to personalizing therapy by applying bioengneering to human physiological data to improve outcomes from therapy. Significant achievements include the first worldwide reports of drivers for atrial and ventricular fibrillation in patients, as focal and rotational (rotor) elements, confirmed by optical mapping in human hearts, multiple scientific reports and several commercial groups, A new direction is to improve personalization using machine learning of multi-scale physiological data. Dr. Narayan has been funded continuously by NIH for 20 years (currently, R01 HL83359, HL122384, HL149134). Dr. Narayan is a dedicated mentor, and over 80% of his trainees remain in academic medicine. Dr. Narayan has won teaching prizes for his mentorship, which is supported by NIH (K24 HL103800, 2010 to present), and his trainees have won funding or awards each year since 2003. He has received honors for his patient care and has been voted "Top Doctor".

Dr. Narayan was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, then his parents Prakash and Kamalini (both physicians) moved to Birmingham UK where he trained in medicine (MB, ChB) and software engineering (MSc) with a thesis on neural networks (1990). He gained membership (MRCP) then fellowship (FRCP) of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He moved to the renowned computational neuroimaging lab of Dr. Arthur Toga, PhD at UCLA where he used optical mapping to study somatosensory cortex in rodents, which led to his research doctorate (MD). He continued clinical training in Internal medicine at Harvard/Mount Auburn Hospital under Dr. Charles Hatem, and Cardiology/EP at Washington University under Drs Michael Cain and Bruce Lindsay. Dr. Narayan is board-certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is a devoted family man, and he and his wife Sujata Narayan (Family Practice, Stanford) have three children. Together, they enjoy history, politics, swimming, music, biking, skiing and travel..

The Computational Arrhythmia Research Laboratory is grateful to our funding agencies. Fellows are/have been funded by NIH, Fulbright Foundation, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Heart Rhythm Society, and British Heart Foundation. The lab has been supported continuously from 2001 by NIH (HL70529, HL83359, HL103800, HL122384, HL149134 and SBIR grants). To translate technology for wide clinical use, the lab has co-invented IP owned by the University of California Regents and Stanford University. IP for AF mapping (Focal Impulse and Rotor Mapping) which was licensed to a start-up founded by Dr. Narayan (Topera, acquired 2014, commerciially available).
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49 Patient Ratings
36 Patient Comments

Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Palo Alto

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Washington University School Of Medicine Registrar (2001) MO
  • Medical Education: University of Birmingham Medical School Registrar (1987) United Kingdom
  • Fellowship: UCLA David Geffen School Of Medicine Registrar (1994) CA
  • Board Certification: Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2001)
  • 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)
  • Internship: University of Birmingham (1991) UK
  • MSc (Computer Science), University of Birmingham, UK (1990)

Honors & Awards

  • Ad Hoc Member, ESTA, CCIS, Other Study Section, National Institutes of Health (2008 - 2017)
  • Chair, Research Committee, Heart Rhythm Society (2019-)
  • Charter Member, ESTA Study Section, National Institutes of Health (2017 - present)
  • Co-Chair, Data Sciences Study Section, American Heart Association, Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine (2019-2021)
  • 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 A.J. Rogers, MD, MBA. Finalist, Young Investigator Award Competition, Heart Rhythm Society (2020)
  • Mentor to AJ Rogers, MD MBA, Recipient F32 Award, National Institutes of Health (2018-2021)
  • Mentor to AJ Rogers, MD MBA, Recipient, Josephson and Wellens Fellowship (Declined in Favor of NIH), Heart Rhythm Society (2018-2019)
  • 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 G. Leef, MD, 1st Prize, Young Investigator Award, Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS) (2018)
  • 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, Finalist Young Investigator Awards Competition, American Heart Association (2015)
  • 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 Mahmood Alhusseini, MS. Finalist, Young Investigator Award Competition, European Heart Rhythm Association (2019)
  • Mentor to Mallika Tomboli, BS (MD class of 2019); Stanford MedScholars Program, Stanford University (2016 - 2017)
  • Mentor to Miguel Rodrigo, PhD. Winner, Prystowski Abstract Award, Heart Rhythm Society (2019)
  • Mentor to Neal Bhatia, MD. Top Scoring Abstract, European Heart Rhythm Association (2019)
  • 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 K23 Award, National Institutes of Health (2019-2024)
  • 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)
4.9

Friendliness

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Explanations

4.9

Listens

4.8

Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

4.9

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.8

Recommended to others

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Wait times

SHC Patient, Feb 2020

He is terrific - caring & informed - best cardiologist I've ever had.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Both Dr. Narayan and the Fellow, AJ, who initially spoke with me, were fabulous. What was most meaningful to me, and frankly a relief, is that not only are they clearly brilliant, but their humanity is firmly intact. I was talking to grounded, kind, down-to-earth human beings. Having dealt with dismissive, highly intellectual, harried cardiologists in the past 6 years, this was a most welcome relief that had a strongly positive impact on my overall sense of well-being. I felt heard, cared for, supported, like I am in good hands. Dr. N. and I ended up talking about the music they play during ablations and he promised to play Motown, my favorite. What I loved about this part of the exchange, which could have seemed frivolous, but wasn't at all to me, was the joyfulness of it. The human heart needs the brilliance and technical expertise that can easily be found in the world of cardiology, but the heart needs equal measures of kindness, joy, compassion and empathy to heal. To refer back to the awful welcome by the coordinators, it is mind-boggling that people like them are allowed anywhere near cardiac patients!!! More than anyone, really, we need TLC, kindness, love, compassion, and yes...joy!! All of this is what heals the heart.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

Dr. Narayan is a real gen! I am fortunate to have him as my doctor.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Always a pleasant visit.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

My doctors are truly world-class. I am honored to have them work on my case. Their humility and intelligence is remarkable.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

I am privileged to be a patient of this great physician.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Dr. Narayan is outstanding!

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Very knowledgeable & I am very confident for his decision.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Sanjiv Narayan and Dr. Perez performed my procedures and both were great. I would also like to mention DR. Dung as being very good.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Narayan and staff were exceptional in care and thoughtfulness.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

All good.

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.

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4.9 out of 5
49 Patient Ratings
36 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Feb 2020

He is terrific - caring & informed - best cardiologist I've ever had.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Both Dr. Narayan and the Fellow, AJ, who initially spoke with me, were fabulous. What was most meaningful to me, and frankly a relief, is that not only are they clearly brilliant, but their humanity is firmly intact. I was talking to grounded, kind, down-to-earth human beings. Having dealt with dismissive, highly intellectual, harried cardiologists in the past 6 years, this was a most welcome relief that had a strongly positive impact on my overall sense of well-being. I felt heard, cared for, supported, like I am in good hands. Dr. N. and I ended up talking about the music they play during ablations and he promised to play Motown, my favorite. What I loved about this part of the exchange, which could have seemed frivolous, but wasn't at all to me, was the joyfulness of it. The human heart needs the brilliance and technical expertise that can easily be found in the world of cardiology, but the heart needs equal measures of kindness, joy, compassion and empathy to heal. To refer back to the awful welcome by the coordinators, it is mind-boggling that people like them are allowed anywhere near cardiac patients!!! More than anyone, really, we need TLC, kindness, love, compassion, and yes...joy!! All of this is what heals the heart.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

Dr. Narayan is a real gen! I am fortunate to have him as my doctor.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Always a pleasant visit.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

My doctors are truly world-class. I am honored to have them work on my case. Their humility and intelligence is remarkable.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

I am privileged to be a patient of this great physician.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Dr. Narayan is outstanding!

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Very knowledgeable & I am very confident for his decision.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Sanjiv Narayan and Dr. Perez performed my procedures and both were great. I would also like to mention DR. Dung as being very good.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Narayan and staff were exceptional in care and thoughtfulness.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

All good.

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!