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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:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)
  • Atrial Fibrillation Ablation
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Cardiac Sarcoidosis
  • Imaging of Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Implantable Cardiac Devices
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
  • Pacemaker
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

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
  • 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 College of Cardiology, International American Heart Association, International American Heart Association, International American Medical Association, International Heart Rhythm Society, International Heart Rhythm Society, International Stanford Medical Alumni Association, National

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:

Shirai Yasuhiro, Liang Jackson J, Santangeli Pasquale, Arkles Jeffrey S, Schaller Robert D, Supple Gregory E, Lin David, Nazarian Saman, Deo Rajat, Dixit Sanjay, Epstein Andrew E, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Frankel David S: Long-term outcome and mode of recurrence following noninducibility during noninvasive programmed stimulation after ventricular tachycardia ablation. Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE : 2019.

Calkins Hugh, Gliklich Richard E, Leavy Michelle B, Piccini Jonathan P, Hsu Jonathan C, Mohanty Sanghamitra, Lewis William, Nazarian Saman, Turakhia Mintu P: Harmonized outcome measures for use in atrial fibrillation patient registries and clinical practice: Endorsed by the Heart Rhythm Society Board of Trustees. Heart rhythm 16 (1): e3-e16,2019.

Mendelson Todd B, Santangeli Pasquale M, Frankel David S, Arkles Jeffrey S, Supple Gregory E, Lin David, Riley Michael P, Callans David J, Nazarian Saman, Hyman Matthew C, Kumareswaran Ramanan, Epstein Andrew E, Deo Rajat, Dixit Sanjay, Garcia Fermin C, Zado Erica S, Hutchinson Mathew D, Sadek Mouhannad M, Cooper Joshua M, Marchlinski Francis E, Trerotola Scott O, Schaller Robert D: Feasibility of complex transfemoral electrophysiology procedures in patients with inferior vena cava filters. Heart rhythm : 2018.

Ashizawa Tetsuo, Gagnon Cynthia, Groh William J, Gutmann Laurie, Johnson Nicholas E, Meola Giovanni, Moxley Richard, Pandya Shree, Rogers Mark T, Simpson Ericka, Angeard Nathalie, Bassez Guillaume, Berggren Kiera N, Bhakta Deepak, Bozzali Marco, Broderick Ann, Byrne Janice L B, Campbell Craig, Cup Edith, Day John W, De Mattia Elisa, Duboc Denis, Duong Tina, Eichinger Katy, Ekstrom Anne-Berit, van Engelen Baziel, Esparis Belen, Eymard Bruno, Ferschl Marla, Gadalla Shahinaz M, Gallais Benjamin, Heatwole Chad: Consensus-based care recommendations for adults with myotonic dystrophy type 1. Neurology. Clinical practice 8 (6): 507-520,2018.

Yaeger Amaryah, Cash Nancy R, Parham Tara, Frankel David S, Deo Rajat, Schaller Robert D, Santangeli Pasquale, Nazarian Saman, Supple Gregory E, Arkles Jeffrey, Riley Michael P, Garcia Fermin C, Lin David, Epstein Andrew E, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Kolansky Daniel M, Mora Jorge I, Amaro Anastassia, Schwab Richard, Pack Allan, Dixit Sanjay: A Nurse-Led Limited Risk Factor Modification Program to Address Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Atrial Fibrillation Patients. Journal of the American Heart Association 7 (23): e010414,2018.

Markman Timothy M, Nazarian Saman: Magnetic Resonance Imaging as the Arbitrator of Optimal Lesion Delivery During Catheter Ablation. JACC. Clinical electrophysiology 4 (12): 1595-1597,2018.

Xie Shuanglun, Kubala Maciej, Liang Jackson J, Yang Jiandu, Desjardins Benoit, Santangeli Pasquale, van der Geest Rob J, Schaller Robert, Riley Michael, Supple Gregory, Frankel David S, Callans David, Pac Erica Zado, Marchlinski Francis, Nazarian Saman: Utility of ripple mapping for identification of slow conduction channels during ventricular tachycardia ablation in the setting of arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology : 2018.

Zghaib Tarek, Nazarian Saman: New Insights Into the Use of Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Guide Decision Making in Atrial Fibrillation Management. The Canadian journal of cardiology 34 (11): 1461-1470,2018.

Xie Shuanglun, Kubala Maciej, Liang Jackson J, Hayashi Tatsuya, Park Jaeseok, Padros Irene Lucena, Garcia Fermin C, Santangeli Pasquale, Supple Gregory E, Frankel David S, Zado Erica S, Lin David, Schaller Robert D, Dixit Sanjay, Callans David J, Nazarian Saman, Marchlinski Francis E: Lead I R-wave amplitude to differentiate idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias with left bundle branch block right inferior axis originating from the left versus right ventricular outflow tract. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology 29 (11): 1515-1522,2018.

Hayashi Tatsuya, Liang Jackson J, Muser Daniele, Shirai Yasuhiro, Enriquez Andres, Garcia Fermin C, Supple Gregory E, Schaller Robert D, Frankel David S, Lin David, Nazarian Saman, Zado Erica S, Arkles Jeffrey S, Dixit Sanjay, Callans David J, Marchlinski Francis E, Santangeli Pasquale: Epicardial ventricular tachycardia in ischemic cardiomyopathy: Prevalence, electrophysiological characteristics, and long-term ablation outcomes. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology 29 (11): 1530-1539,2018.

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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)