Saurabh Sanon, MD, Joins UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

August 30, 2021

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute is pleased to welcome Saurabh Sanon, MD, as one of its newest faculty members in the Center for Heart Valve Disease. Dr. Sanon is a structural heart specialist who practices at UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Passavant McCandless, UPMC Mercy, and UPMC South Hills, and serves as director of interventional cardiology research. 

Focus on Innovation and Novel Structural Heart Therapies

Dr. Sanon earned his bachelor’s in medicine and surgery from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in Nashik, India. He has completed residencies and fellowships in advanced structural interventional cardiology, internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and Mayo Clinic. Before joining the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Sanon served as director of the Structural Heart Disease Program at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Palm Beach, Florida.

Over the past six years, Dr. Sanon has focused on treating structural heart conditions including mitral valve disease, aortic valve disease, and tricuspid valve disease. As director of interventional cardiology research at the Center for Heart Valve Disease, he focuses on conducting novel research trials on transcatheter-based therapies. 

“Innovation is at the heart of any high-end structural heart program,” Dr. Sanon said. “By investing in innovative evolving technologies, experts at UPMC are making sure we are ahead of the curve and that our patients receive specialized and novel therapies.” 

Clinical and Research Interests: Virtual Reality Imaging, Transcatheter Based Procedures

Dr. Sanon has experience with the utilization of virtual reality imaging for procedural planning and execution of structural heart therapies. He uses CT data to create a three-dimensional hologram of a patient’s heart prior to surgery.

“Essentially when we’re planning these structural heart procedures, like a mitral implant for example, most of the time we take two-dimensional data from a transaortic echocardiogram or a CT scan, and combine these two-dimensional data sets to mentally create a three-dimensional data set,” Dr. Sanon said. “In complex cases this might pose a challenge. Here’s when virtual reality imaging comes in and provides a hologram of the patient’s heart in front of us.”

He uses FDA approved software to create holograms for structural heart procedures. Dr. Sanon incorporates this technology when planning and executing individualized treatments for patients. 
Dr. Sanon also specializes in minimally invasive transcatheter-based procedures like transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), MitraClip™ and Triclip™ implantations, and Left Atrial Appendage Closure (Watchman™) to treat structural heart conditions. UPMC experts have demonstrated that transcatheter-based therapies have shortened hospital stays and facilitated recoveries for patients with severe heart valve disease. 

For more information about the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute or to make a referral, please call 412-770-4949.

MitraClip™ and Triclip™ are trademarks of Abbott. 
WATCHMAN™ is a trademark of Boston Scientific Corp.