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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), and is Co-Founder of the Stanford Arrhythmia Center. Narayan 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) using machine learning and computational models. Dr. Narayan’s laboratory works closely with collaborators in London, elsewhere in Europe and North America. Dr. Narayan in 2022 received the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Heart Rhythm Society (2022), and has received prizes including "Top Doctor" (Castle Connolly). Our talented trainees have won numerous awards (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. He trained in medicine (MB, ChB 1987) and software engineering focused on neural networks (MSc, 1990). He gained membership (MRCP) and fellowship (FRCP) of the Royal College of Physicians of London. At the Lab of Neuroimaging of Dr. Arthur Toga, PhD at UCLA, he developed optical mapping and image processing software to study somatosensory cortex (Research MD, 1995). He trained in Internal medicine at Harvard/Mount Auburn Hospital under Dr. Charles Hatem, and Cardiology/EP (with computational research) at Washington University/Barnes hospital under Drs Michael Cain, Joseph Smith and Bruce Lindsay. Dr. Narayan is a devoted family man, and he and his wife Sujata Narayan (Family Practice, Stanford) have 3 children. Together, they enjoy music, history, politics, swimming, biking, skiing and travel.

CARL is grateful to the Laurie C. McGrath Foundation, and to the National Institutes of Health for continuous support since 2001 (HL70529, HL83359, HL103800, HL122384, HL149134 and SBIR grants). Our 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, of which Focal Impulse and Rotor Mapping (FIRM) was licensed to a start-up founded by Dr. Narayan (Topera, acquired by Abbott Laboratories in 2014).


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)
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease (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)