Associate Professor (Teaching) of Surgery (Anatomy)
(650) 725-6624
Lecturer, Surgery - Anatomy
(650) 724-3656
Consulting Associate Professor, Surgery - Anatomy
(650) 721-6349
Consulting Associate Professor, Surgery - Anatomy
Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at the Stanford University Medical Center


Dr. Narayan is Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, a practicing cardiologist and a translational scientist in the field of arrhythmia medicine. Dr. Narayan is Co-Director of the Stanford Arrhythmia Center, focused on performing world-leading patient centered treatment and research in heart rhythm disorders. Dr. Narayan is also director of Electrophysiology Research, and has built an extramurally funded “bedside-to-bench-to-bedside” translational program focused on mechanistic treatment for fibrillation. This work led to the development of novel mapping approaches that use patient-specific computational approaches to circumvent limitations and ambiguities of conventional mapping for fibrillation. This led to the discovery of local rotational drivers (rotors) for human cardiac fibrillation, as recently confirmed by optical mapping of human hearts, that can be ablated (Focal Impulse and Rotor Modulation, FIRM). World-wide interest in localized drivers of atrial and ventricular fibrillation continue to grow, and the FIRM approach is increasingly used. Dr. Narayan is active in mentorship, 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. Dr. Narayan was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, then his family moved to Birmingham where he trained in medicine then software engineering, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He then did his doctoral research in neuroscience at the University of California Los Angeles under Dr. Arthur Toga, his 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, skateboarding, music and travel. We are grateful for continuous funding by the National Institutes of Health from 2001-2020, and by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. To further develop technology resulting from this research for wider clinical use, Dr. Narayan co-founded a startup company (Topera, Inc) acquired in 2014 by Abbott Laboratories. Dr Narayan is the co-inventor of intellectual property on this approach, and has held equity in Topera. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: Dr. Narayan's work is supported by grants from the NIH (HL70529, HL83359, HL103800). Dr. Narayan is co-author of intellectual property owned by the University of California Regents and licensed to Topera Inc. Dr. Narayan has held equity in Topera. Dr Narayan has received honoraria from Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and uptodate. Dr. Narayan is a consultant to the American College of Cardiology. Fellows in Dr. Narayan's Laboratory have been funded by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, Heart Rhythm Society, British Heart Foundation and the Fulbright Foundation.
Professor (Teaching) of Anatomy in Surgery
(650) 725-4827
Lecturer, Surgery - Anatomy
Clinical Assistant Professor, Surgery - Anatomy Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology
Professor (Teaching) of Surgery (Anatomy)
(650) 498-6173
Consulting Associate Professor, Surgery - Anatomy
(650) 723-1681



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