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Saman Nazarian, MD, PHD

Saman Nazarian, MD, PHD Physician

Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Persian

Dr. Nazarian is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Saman Nazarian

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

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Clinical Specialties


  • Cardiology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Cardiovascular Disease, 2006
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, 2008

Clinical Expertise:

  • Ablation for AV Node
  • Ablation for Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Ablation for Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Ablation of Arrhythmogenic Focus
  • Anomalous Atrioventricular Excitation
  • Arrhythmia
  • Arrhythmias During Pregnancy
  • Arrhythmias in Adults with Congenital Heart Diseases
  • Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)
  • Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
  • Atrial Fibrillation Cryoablation
  • Atrial Fibrillation Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Tachycardia
  • Atrioventricular Block
  • Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia
  • Atrioventricular Reentrant Tachycardia
  • Bradycardia
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • Cardiac Ablation
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Cardiac Channelopathies
  • Cardiac Conduction Defects
  • Cardiac Contractility Modulation
  • Cardiac Device Infection
  • Cardiac Device Malfunction
  • Cardiac Devices
  • Cardiac Implantable Device Replacement
  • Cardiac Mapping
  • Cardiac Sarcoidosis
  • Cardioversion
  • Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Complete Atrioventricular Block
  • Complex Arrhythmia
  • Conduction Defects
  • Convergent Procedure
  • Defibrillator Malfunction
  • Familial Arrhythmias
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Holter Monitor
  • Imaging of Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Implantable Cardiac Devices
  • Implantable Cardiac Monitor Procedure
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Intracardiac Catheter Ablation
  • Intravenous Lead Extraction
  • Lariat Procedure
  • Lead Malfunction
  • Left Bundle Branch Block
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • Loop Recorder
  • Lown-Ganong-Levine Syndrome
  • Pacemaker
  • Pacemaker Malfunction
  • Pacemaker Placement
  • Palpitations
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Postural Tachycardia Syndrome
  • Pre-Excitation Syndrome
  • Premature Atrial Contraction
  • Premature Beats
  • Premature Ventricular Contractions
  • Remote Cardiac Device Monitoring
  • Replacement of Defibrillator
  • Resynchronization Therapy
  • Short QT Syndrome
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Sinoatrial Node Dysfunction
  • Sinus Node Dysfunction
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Tachycardia
  • Tachycardia-Bradycardia Syndrome
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Trifascicular Block
  • Type 1 Second-Degree Heart Block
  • Type 2 Second-Degree Heart Block
  • Vasovagal Syncope
  • Ventricular Arrhythmia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Watchman Device Implantation
  • Wearable Defibrillator
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital


American College of Cardiology, International American Heart Association, International American Medical Association, International Grant Reviewer, Wellcome Trust and the UK Royal Society, United Kingdom,, International Heart Research UK, International Heart Rhythm Society, International Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, National Stanford Medical Alumni Association, National The Dutch Heart Foundation, International The Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Nazarian is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Nazarian is an active investigator in the field of cardiac electrophysiology and is particularly interested in integration of advanced imaging modalities for optimization of procedural success for ablation of complex ventricular arrhythmia in structural heart disease. In addition to his medical expertise, Dr. Nazarian has a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has published extensively on the anatomy of the ventricular arrhythmia substrate. In his arrhythmia imaging laboratory, he oversees a team of individuals dedicated to facilitating atrial and ventricular arrhythmia research and clinical care within an academic medical center environment. Dr. Nazarian has been and continues to serve as the principal investigator for several grants from the National Institutes of Health to characterize the substrate for malignant arrhythmia.

Selected Publications:

Jain R, Gautam S, Wu C, Shen C, Jain A, Giesdal O, Chahal H, Lin H, Bluemke DA, Soliman EZ, Nazarian S, Lima JAC.: Prognostic implications of QRS dispersion for major adverse cardiovascular events in asymptomatic women and men: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. J Interv Card Electrophysiol 56 (1): 45-53,2019.

Markman Timothy M, Bluemke David, Soliman Elsayed Z, Wu Colin, Kawel-Boehm Nadine, Lima Joao A C, Nazarian Saman: Baseline ST elevation and myocardial scar: Results from the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis. Journal of electrocardiology 56 : 29-33,2019.

Kuo Ling, Shirai Yasuhiro, Muser Daniele, Liang Jackson J, Castro Simon A, Santangeli Pasquale, Schaller Robert D, Supple Gregory E, Lin David, Nazarian Saman, Dixit Sanjay, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Frankel David S: Comparison of the arrhythmogenic substrate between men and women with nonischemic cardiomyopathy. Heart rhythm 16 (9): 1414-1420,2019.

Briceño David F, Liang Jackson J, Shirai Yasuhiro, Markman Timothy M, Enriquez Andres, Lin Aung, Santangeli Pasquale, Riley Michael P, Schaller Robert D, Nazarian Saman, Lin David, Kumareswaram Ramanan, Arkles Jeffery S, Hyman Mathew C, Supple Gregory E, Frankel David S, Garcia Fermin C, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Dixit Sanjay: Clinical and electrophysiological characteristics of idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias originating from the slow pathway region. Heart rhythm 16 (9): 1421-1428,2019.

Padegimas Allison, Agarwal Parul, Fleitman Jessica, Carver Joseph, Rao Sriram, Mather Paul, Domenico Christopher, Nazarian Saman, Riley Michael, O'Quinn Rupal: Case Series of Ventricular Tachycardia and Myocarditis From Programmed Cell-Death Protein-1 Inhibitor Treated With Infliximab. JACC. Clinical electrophysiology 5 (8): 989-992,2019.

Nazarian Saman, Cantillon Daniel J, Woodard Pamela K, Mela Theofanie, Cline Adam M, Strickberger Adam S: MRI Safety for Patients Implanted With the MRI Ready ICD System: MRI Ready Study Results. JACC. Clinical electrophysiology 5 (8): 935-943,2019.

Boyle Patrick M, Zghaib Tarek, Zahid Sohail, Ali Rheeda L, Deng Dongdong, Franceschi William H, Hakim Joe B, Murphy Michael J, Prakosa Adityo, Zimmerman Stefan L, Ashikaga Hiroshi, Marine Joseph E, Kolandaivelu Aravindan, Nazarian Saman, Spragg David D, Calkins Hugh, Trayanova Natalia A: Computationally guided personalized targeted ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation. Nature biomedical engineering : 2019.

Nazarian Saman, Marchlinski Francis: Dechanneling Left Atrial Late Gadolinium Enhancement. Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology 12 (8): e007683,2019.

Kuo Ling, Han Yuchi, Mui David, Zhang Ying, Chahal Anwar, Schaller Robert D, Frankel David S, Marchlinski Francis E, Desjardins Benoit, Nazarian Saman: Diagnostic Specificity of Basal Inferoseptal Triangular Late Gadolinium Enhancement for Identification of Cardiac Sarcoidosis. JACC. Cardiovascular imaging : 2019.

Russo V, Sperlongano S, Gallinoro E, Rago A, Papa AA, Golino P, Politano L, Nazarian S, Nigro G.: Prevalence of left ventricular systolic dysfunction in myotonic dystrophy type 1: a systematic review. J Card Fail S1071-9164 (19): 30204-0,2019.

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Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Cardiac Electrophysiology, 9 Founders Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-5220
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)