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Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)

Sanjiv Narayan

Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine)
Sanjiv Narayan is Professor of Medicine, Director of the Stanford NIH T32 CHIP (Computational medicine in the Heart: Integrated Program HL166155), and is Co-Founder of the Stanford Arrhythmia Center. He directs the Computational Arrhythmia Research Lab (CARL), that operates at the intersection of cardiovascular medicine, bioengineering, and data science. CARL pioneered computational mapping of 'chaotic' heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias), targeting mechanistic drivers for atrial and ventricular fibrillation (AF, VF), that included collaborating with multiple centers worldwide. Dr. Narayan is recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Heart Rhythm Society (2022), the "Top Doctor" award from Castle Connolly (2017-2024) and other awards. Our talented trainees have won an average of 2-3 prizes or grants every year since 2003.

Dr. Narayan was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, then his parents Prakash and Kamalini moved to Birmingham UK. Dr Narayan trained in medicine (MB, ChB 1987) and software engineering focused on neural networks (MSc, 1990) in Birmingham UK, then moved to UCLA to train in computational neuroscience in the Laboratory of Neuroimaging directed by Dr. Arthur Toga , where he developed an integrated optical mapping/image processing workstation to study somatosensory cortex (Research MD, 1995). He pursued further training in Information and Data Science at UC Berkeley (2022-). Dr. Narayan gained membership (MRCP, 1990) and fellowship (FRCP, 1995) of the Royal College of Physicians of London, then trained in Internal medicine at Harvard/Mount Auburn Hospital under Dr. Charles Hatem (1994-6), and Cardiology/EP at Washington University/Barnes hospital (1996-2001) where his computational research led to his K23 award under Drs Michael Cain, Joseph Smith and Bruce Lindsay. Dr. Narayan is a devoted family man, and he and his wife Sujata (Family Practice, Stanford) have 3 children. Together, they enjoy music, working out at the gym, swimming, biking and skiing, discussing history and politics, and travel.

Funding Disclosures:
CARL is grateful to the Laurie C. McGrath Foundation for their Invaluable Support. CARL is grateful to the National Institutes of Health for continuous support since 2001, via grants HL70529 and HL162260 for ventricular arrhythmias, and HL103800, HL83359, HL122384, HL149134, and SBIR grants for atrial arrhythmias. Our amazing fellows have won funding by the Fulbright Foundation, NIH, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Heart Rhythm Society, and British Heart Foundation. The lab co-invented intellectual property owned by University of California Regents and Stanford University, and licensed to start-up companies including PhysCade Inc. Focal Impulse and Rotor Mapping (FIRM) was licensed to a start-up founded by Dr. Narayan (Topera), which was acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2014.


Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease (2023)
T32 Training Fellow, Washington University, St Louis, Computational Cardiac Electrophysiology (1998)
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: American Board of Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (2001)
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)