Saurabh Sanon, M.D., FACC
Dr. Sanon is a Mayo Clinic fellowship-trained and board certified interventional cardiologist.
Dr. Sanon earned his medical degree at Government Medical College in Nagpur, India, and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. He completed a fellowship in cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He went on to complete a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., followed by a dedicated fellowship in advanced structural interventional cardiology also at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
He is the author of more than 25 manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts. In addition to percutaneous coronary intervention, his special interest is structural heart interventions, such as TAVR, paravalvular leak repair, balloon valvuloplasty, percutaneous mitral valve repair (MitraClip®) and implantation and other similar therapies.
Government Medical College
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Mayo Clinic, Advanced Structural Interventional Cardiology
Mayo Clinic, Interventional Cardiology
Cardiology, The University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, Texas
American Heart Association
Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
Advanced structural cardiovascular interventions and advanced cardiac devices (transcatheter aortic replacement-TAVR, transcatheter mitral valve repair- MitraClip®, balloon valvuloplasty, paravalvular leak repair, percutaneous valve implantation, left atrial appendage occlusion and other similar therapies)
Percutaneous coronary intervention (transradial and transfemoral)
Mechanical circulatory support
Valvular heart disease
To learn more about Dr. Sanon and his services, please visit his practice page at CardiologyConsultants.org.
Meet your Doctor
What led you to become a doctor or choose your focus of medicine?
I have always had a strong desire to work with people and participate in medical problem-solving, which drove me towards the field of interventional cardiology. I enjoy developing meaningful long-term relationships with my patients and their families and collaborating with colleagues from other specialties to provide innovative, leading edge world-class cardiac care.
What about your line of work do you find most rewarding and why?
I find many aspects of my work deeply fulfilling. A few of those include: the ability to empower my patients with information that can enable them to take control of their health and actively participate in maintaining it; the ability to utilize my well-polished procedural skills to provide life-saving procedures to critically ill patients; and the ability to utilize leading-edge technology and minimally invasive procedures to provide relief and quality of life to patients who have exhausted all other options.
What is something about you that only your patients would know?
I make it a point to treat each patient in the same way I would treat my own family. I ensure my patients receive the highest quality cardiac care available. Of course I hold my patients to the same high standards, and expect them to partner with me in maintaining their cardiac health.
How would a patient describe you?
I am told I am calm and collected, a patient listener, compassionate and thoughtful in my advice.
What’s your proudest moment as a doctor?
I was asked to consult on a man in his 90s who was admitted with disabling shortness of breath, heart failure and had a severely leaking mitral valve. He was bedridden despite maximal medical therapy and had been turned down for open-heart surgery due to high operative risk. He had resigned to palliative end of life care thinking no other treatment was available. We offered him TMVR (transcatheter mitral valve repair) that was successfully performed in the cath lab using the MitraClip® device. He came back to see me for follow up, “feeling like a new man!” Before leaving, he gave me a hug, his eyes full of tears, and blessed our team for having given him a second life. Moments like this make me proud and drive me to work harder to provide similar services to as many patients as possible.
In your opinion, what’s the most important factor in a doctor-patient relationship?
In my opinion the most important factors are honesty, trust, confidence and open communication.
What can a patient expect when they have you as a doctor?
Sickness can be a time of tremendous stress for patients and their loves ones. I hope to alleviate some of that stress by: a) taking the time to discuss the patient’s medical condition; b) stimulating a two-way flow of information, encouraging patients to ask questions, explain their circumstances and express personal preferences; c) sharing with my patients various treatment options available; d) providing seasoned advice on the most appropriate treatment, taking into account the patient’s value system and preferences; and e) providing world-class minimally invasive cardiac procedural services. As their doctor I expect to partner with my patients in restoring and maintaining their cardiac health.
What do you find most encouraging about the work you do?
It is tremendously satisfying to be able to provide therapies that have the potential to save lives or rapidly improve the clinical condition of even severely ill patients. It is equally satisfying to meet my patients and their families in follow-up and find out how great they are doing.
What are your top priorities with every patient you see?
- To ensure I spend ample time with my patients, comforting them, discussing their cardiac problems and answering their questions, and providing advice that is relevant to their specific situation
- I want them to be empowered with information regarding their condition, and the various treatment options available. It is important that they are.
- Active participants in their health care.
- I work hard to earn the respect of my patients – by providing thoughtful, personalized advice and leading-edge treatments.
Is there anything more or extra you would like prospective patients to know about you?
Having been trained by leaders in the field of cardiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, I strive to provide the same stellar cardiac care at BH&VI that was previously exclusive to centers such as Cleveland and Mayo Clinic. I believe in working as part of a heart team, to provide the highest quality of cardiac care and leading edge procedures to my patients in the panhandle region.
Do you have any specific medical interests?
I am particularly interested in minimally invasive transcatheter interventions for treating structural heart disease. These include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR -using the MitraClip device), transcatheter left atrial appendage occlusion using the WATCHMAN™ device, valve-in-valve implantation and percutaneous paravalvular leak occlusion