Sanjiv M Narayan

Sanjiv M Narayan

Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine

Stanford University Medical Center, US

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Personal History

Prof Sanjiv M. Narayan was born on April 29, 1964, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire before his parents moved to Birmingham, UK.1 He is a cardiac electrophysiologist and speaks English, French and Hindi.4

As a child, he was fascinated with computers but then decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a doctor and a computer engineer.2 In the field of cardiac electrophysiology, he has been able to combine the two to practice innovative medicine.

He and his wife have three children. They enjoy music, history, politics, swimming, biking, skiing and travel.1


Academic History

He completed his medical training in 1987, his Masters in Computer Science in 1990 and earned his MD in 1994 from the University of Birmingham.1 In software engineering, he focused on neural networks. He gained membership (MRCP) and fellowship (FRCP) of the Royal College of Physicians of London then moved to the computational neuroimaging lab of Dr Arthur Toga, PhD at UCLA where he developed optical mapping systems and image processing software and studied somatosensory cortex in rodents.1

He completed his residency in internal medicine at Mount Auburn Hospital/Harvard and fellowships in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology under Michael Cain and Bruce Lindsay at Barnes Hospital/Washington University. His research is at the intersection of clinical cardiac electrophysiology and bioengineering. He pioneered efforts for panoramic mapping of atrial fibrillation using global multipolar mapping catheters and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to separate physiological signals from noise.


Career Overview

Prof Narayan is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Stanford University and a biomedical engineer. At Stanford, he directs the university's atrial fibrillation and electrophysiology research programs. He is also co-founder and director of the Computational Arrhythmia Research Laboratory (CARL), also known as the Stanford Arrhythmia Center. 

He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society and the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is a Section Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

From 2008 to 2013, Prof Narayan was a visiting professor at various national and international institutions.5 He also co-developed the cardiac fibrillation therapy focal impulse and rotor modulation (FIRM), which was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2014. 


Career Timeline

  • 2001 - 2014: Director, Electrophysiology Program, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System
  • 2008 - 2012: Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Training Program, University of California, San Diego
  • 2012 - 2014: Professor of Medicine in Residence, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2012 - 2015: Program Committee Member, American College of Cardiology Science Sessions
  • 2008 - 2014: Co-Director, Electrophysiology Program, University of California, San Diego
  • 2014 - Present: Professor of Medicine, Stanford University
  • 2014 - Present: Director, Electrophysiology Research, Stanford Medicine 
  • 2014 - Present: Director, Atrial Fibrillation Program, Stanford Medicine
  • 2016 - Present: Co-Director, Stanford Arrhythmia Center



  • 1994: Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of London
  • 1998: Finalist, Young Investigator Awards Competition, North American Society for Pacing and Electrophysiology (NASPE/HRS)
  • 1998: Finalist, Samuel Levine Young Investigator Awards Competition, American Heart Association
  • 2001: Finalist, Astra-Zeneca Cardiovascular Young Investigator Awards Competition, Astra-Zeneca-Competition
  • 2006: Fellow, American College of Cardiology
  • 2008: Fellow, Heart Rhythm Society
  • 2012: Richard Lewar Lecturer, University of Toronto
  • 2012: Stephen Scheidt Visiting Professor, Cornell University
  • 2018: Fellow, American Heart Association
  • 2017 - 2020: Charter Member, ESTA Study Section, National Institutes of Health 
  • 2019 - 2021: Co-Chair, Data Sciences Study Section, American Heart Association, Institute for Precision Cardiovascular Medicine


Areas of Speciality

  • Cardiac Electrophysiology





Prof Narayan is on the Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review editorial board.


What Cannot Be Missed: Important Publications on Electrophysiology in 2020

Sanjiv M Narayan, Hugh Calkins, Andrew Grace, et al


Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2021;10(1):5–6.

What Cannot Be Missed: Important Publications on Electrophysiology in 2019

Andrew Grace, Hugh Calkins, Ken Ellenbogen, et al


Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2020;9(1):4.

Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation Drivers

Tina Baykaner, Junaid Zaman, Paul J Wang, et al

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2017;6(4):195–201.

Role of Rotors in the Ablative Therapy of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Amir A Schricker, Junaid Zaman, Sanjiv M Narayan, et al

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2015;4(1):47–52

Targeting Stable Rotors to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

Sanjiv M Narayan, David E Krummen,

Citation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology Review 2012;1(1):34–8