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Dr. Sanai graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University. He earned a master’s degree in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate in medicine from George Washington University, where he graduated with honors (AOA). He received the Jorge Rios Award in Internal Medicine, which is awarded to the outstanding medical student in the field of internal medicine.
He completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship at the George Washington University Hospital serving as chief cardiology fellow for 2 years. During his fellowship, Dr. Sanai was actively involved in research with numerous publications and abstracts in areas such as contrast echocardiography and CT coronary angiography. He is also actively involved in education and has served as the primary instructor in EKGs to third year medical students.
Dr. Sanai’s interests include cardiovascular imaging and preventive cardiology.
Verified Patient Reviews
There was practically no wait. Dr Sanai has been both diligent and kind during my appointments with him.
Dr. Sanai was very energetic and easy to talk to. Great bedside manner.
Great Doctor! So patient ! Took his time to listen to my concerns and explained in length all what I needed to know.
Dr. Sanai as always is one time, an excellent listener and great Cardiologist. I would highly recommend him.
Great doctor! Incredibly personable and explained things very clearly. It was a great experience and I would definitely go back if necessary. Also, I came in, checked in, and was seen shortly thereafter.
Fantastic doctor, Great personality, took time to explain the procedures and answer any questions, office staff very friendly and clean
Dr. Reza is absolutely amazing! He explained everything in great detail, made treatment recommendations , and he is a very knowledgble doctor. I highly recommend him. Also, the wait time was less then 5 minutes!
It was a great experience! Dr. Sanai was most caring, kind and polite, who ran some diagnostic tests which resulted in my feeling much less apprehensive than when I first went it. This made me feel much better than I expected. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a great cardiologist!
He had no record of my appointment or of me and he still EKGd me for free. Surely he is a medical angel, great staff too. Many thanks.
An excellent dr who is endlessly knowledgeable but also thoughtful and kind.
Dr. Sanai has to be one of the best doctors I've ever seen. Granted, my problem wasn't very serious (making sure the heart palpitations I had were nothing more serious,) but I was completely impressed by his bedside manner. He was funny, engaging and genuinely cared. He didn't overprescribe procedures I didn't actually need. He took the time to explain to me what was going on in my body. He strongly encouraged me to email him next time before making a trip down to his office. Also, his assistant was funny and put me at ease. Another note - The wait time was approximately five minutes.
Dr. Sanai is the doctor I've been looking for. I had a heart attack eight months ago, and finally found a doctor who is concerned about me and my case, and finding the best path and treatment for me instead of applying generic fixes.
I cannot begin to say enough good things about Dr. Sanai...he immediately puts you at ease and is very thorough. One of the best doctors that I seen in a long time...we need more doctors like him!
Dr. Sanai is the best, from his greeting, to his professional interaction with the patient and his follow- up! He is the epitome of what today's provider should be striving for, which is a high level of quality care! This was my first visit with him and I immediately felt comfortable and cared for! He is most humbled, great energy and is knowledgeable and efficient! These attributes can be lacking amongst many healthcare providers who seem overworked, overbooked with no bedside manner! You will not find this in Dr. Sanai! I do my research and I only see the best.. He will not disappoint!
Friendly, professional, knowledgeable!
I knew of Dr. Sanai briefly through referrals I receive from him at the office I work in but upon reading the reviews I felt a bit more assured that I'd have a pleasant visit. Although the parking was a bit frustrating just because of the traffic entering and exiting, the garage staff was more than organized in getting everyone taken care of expeditiously. Front office staff was pleasant and professional. Dr. Sanai came out to greet me and take me back shortly after my 10-15 minute check-in. He apologized for the wait stating that he decided to take back his patient after me since I arrived late which was perfectly understandable! He is very personable, professional and makes you feel at ease during your visit. If I ever need to visit a cardio again, I'd definitely return!
Dr Reza is so cool and professional and personable. I really had a good appointment. He was clear about my options and helped me to see what they were, and how I might continue into the future. So, I had a very good appointment. I would highly recommend Reza to anyone who is in need of a solid cardiologist and I would recommend him highly.
Reza's the best. Personable, professional, and committed.
Dr Sanai was very professional and yet super friendly. He was very honest and trustworthy and made me feel like I was in good hands. He explained to me how in his opinion, based on my symptoms, EKG, initial test results, and given my young age and overall health, I really didn't need additional testing/treatment. He gave me very helful recommendations to help with my symptoms. He also told me he would be willing to do additional examinations if I needed more reassurance and peace of mind, but that he didn't think they were necessary at this point. I totally trusted him and didn't put myself through unnecessary radiation and examination. I love it when doctors treat you like a human being and not a source for making more money. I hope I never have to see a heart doctor again but if I do, I would definitely come back to Dr Sanai.
I was very happy with my initial consultation. The doctor saw me right away and he was very attentive. I felt very comfortable with him and he took the time to explain several things to me. I would definitely recommend Reza Sanai!
Awesome doctor; I highly recommend him.
Dr. Sanai was personable and understanding. He listened to my concerns and worked with me to find a solution that I was confident with.
Dr. Sanai is an excellent cardiologist.. He is very professional as well as cheerful and compassionate. Strongly recommend him.
Very nice, very friendly, very caring. Loved my interaction with him. He was very thoughtful of costs and prices. I was seen immediately when I checked in.
It was great! Dr Reza Sanai is a really great doctor and I recommend him highly.
He is so supportive with his kind behaviour.
Literally the best Dr. around. Been going to Dr. Sanai for close to two years now. Always quick to see you (I waited 15 seconds today, not an exaggeration). Always very honest and gives you well thought out and informed road map to success. On the younger side and being 30 I appreciate his approach and ability to connect with people my age. He doesn't talk down to you and always has a smile on his face as he takes a family approach to each person instead of viewing you as another appointment/patient. Couldn't recommend him more.
He is the first physician we really liked since moving here to DC ten years ago. Our family is full of health care professionals and we really appreciated his KIND, courteous, prompt, no nonsense and competent approach. We would highly recommend him!
Dr. Sanai is one of my favorite doctors I've ever seen. This was my first visit with him and I was really pleased with his bedside manner. He was incredibly nice and understanding and I would see him again for any other cardiology issue in a heartbeat (pun intended).
I have been a patient of Dr Sanai for over 2 years. I am always impressed by his good bedside manners and knowledge.
Dr.Sanai lived up to his five star reviews by other prior patients in every respect. He was warm and friendly, but at the same time thorough,analytical and efficient. All outstanding issues were covered and fully explained.
Very professional and caring. Gave the right advice and attention.
Without hesitation, and as the son of a physician, I can say that Dr. Sanai is one of the best doctors I've seen. Extremely courteous, attentive, caring, and let's you know that he's invested in your health beyond just the time you spend in the office.
THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT GETTING PAID NOT ABOUT YOU
Excellent Doc. Brilliant. Professional. Easy to talk to.
Dr Sanai is the best doctor you could ever find. Thorough, incredibly knowledgable, and so kind to boot.
Dr.sanai was great! Took me in quick and treated me like family. Would highly recommend him and his staff.
Dr. Reza shot me straight and didnt recommend any tests that he didnt feel were necessary. I appreciate Dr. Reza's honesty a
I came away hugely impressed by the manner in which Dr. Sanai engaged with me. He is personable, with Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and is very willing to take the time to explain his diagnosis and proposed plan for getting to the bottom of the problem. I liked the fact that he did not put me through a battery of tests, giving me good reasons for not doing so.
Very personable, friendly, and really took the time to listen. He made sure I felt comfortable with the plan of care for my issue before I left. Highly reccomend.
I have seen Dr. Reza Sanai for the past 3 years, and I have had tremendous experiences with him each visit. I highly recommend Dr. Sanai to any individual looking for a doctor.
He is very friendly and explains things in a way patients can understand easily. Highly recommended!
Excellent dr with incomparable bedside manner and medical expertise. Not an exaggeration to say he saved my life and is continuing to help me heal.
Dr. Sanai was very attentive and took his time to explain my results. He didn't rush his time with me. I would recommend him highly.
I was impressed that the doctor greeted me personally in the waiting room, was attentive to my list of symptoms and thoroughly explained his rationale for performing or not performing tests. The staff was also helpful and courteous.
everyone was very nice and the doctor was very focused on finding the problem. I was very satisfied with the service and like the doctor very much.
He was great. I felt that he was very personable and that he was genuinely concerned about the issues that prompted my visit.
Dr. Sanai was very thorough, friendly, and reassuring. His staff was also curtious and very professional.
Best Doctor around.
Absolutely one of the best experiences I've ever had at a medical appointment. Noone was ahead of me, so he got me in early. Took the time to get to know me and my history before anything. Took his time, but did not ask me to submit to anything unnecessary. I would not hesitate recommending Dr. Sanai.
There was absolutely no wait. Dr. Sanai is the most personable, yet most professional doctor. He listens, and speaks clearly about the plan of action, follow ups, etc. Wish every doctor were like him!
Went to see this dr. after several visits with other cardiologists,including one of his partners. I found him to be friendly,informative,and very easy to talk to. Anyone who feels uncomfortable or anxious with doctors will love him and even when he is busy he takes his time and does a thorough job. I left feeling very reassured.
The best doctor I have been too. Looks out for the complete well-being of the patient.
Reza is the best doctor around, hands down. He sees you right away, conducts very thorough exams, follows up promptly and efficiently with test results and recommendations, and has a great disposition and bedside manner. Overall, very accessible in person and electronically, and this guy knows his stuff.
Excellent doctor, thank you Zocdoc.
Very personable and professional. Would highly recommend!
Dr. Sanai was available right at my appointment time, bedside manner was extremely friendly, was very comprehensive with my checkup and seemed to truly care about seeing me and not simply rushing me through to get to another patient. Highly recommended.
Dr. Sanai pays very good attention on your problem and tries to explain everything very well. Very recommended!
He was great. Explained things, was collaborative rather than pedantic, warm, intelligent, on top of things.
Amazing guy. Was very clear about my situation. Couldn't ask for a better experience.
He was very thorough and easy to talk to and answered my questions clearly. I am switching doctors to Dr. Sanai.
I have been seeing cardiologists since I was a baby so the whole process is anything but new to me. Reza was very knowledgable, did not rush and sat down with me for a good while to explain all of the images and what they could mean now and down the road. I could not recommend higher.
A most comforting and professional experience.
Dr. Sanai is a courteous knowledgeable doctor who likes to ensure confidence in the patient and develop trust.
Dr Sanai was excellent. He took time to explain everything, and was careful to ensure that any treatment was covered by my health insurance.
Good guy. No wait time. 10 out of 10. I'll be going back next time I have any medical issues
Probably the best doctor I've ever visited. I arrived early, completed 2 minutes of paperwork, and was seen immediately. There was no waiting the entire visit. Dr. Sanai cares about his patients' health in a holistic sense. He asked thoughtful questions and listened carefully. We handled tests I needed same day instead of multiple follow-up visits. I also really appreciate the way he repeated the key takeaways from my visit to make sure I remembered them. His assistant was warm, friendly, and very efficient. Wish Dr. Sanai could be my primary care doctor!!
Great guy, puts you at ease right away. Form process was not smooth (no connection between the office and ZocDoc, so don't waste your time filling out the firms online beforehand), but once in the appointment it was great. Highly recommend.
He spent time asking me about my background versus the typical 5 minute consultation.
Accurate, straight to the point, professional, courteous and respects other people's time.
Extremely nice, friendly and funny guy. I was really nervous but he immediately put me at ease. He was very thorough and listened to everything I had to say, talked to me and was very reassuring.
I've been living in DC for five years and have had little success finding a quality doctor but -- at the risk of never being able to get an appointment again -- Dr. Sanai is exactly the kind of doctor I had looking for. Highly recommended.
This guy was great! Super friendly, engaging, and not intimidating at all! This is one doctor I actually wouldn't mind going to see again.
Dr. Sanai, was personable and easy to talk to. His offices are convenient to my office and I have found he has a second office convenient to my home.
Dr. Sanai gives very personal care and approaches your care as a dialogue, rather than just an order. There are no smoke and mirrors as he is very communicative, but in a concise way. He's also so chipper that I think my health improves just because his positivity rubs off on me!
Excellent doctor!!! I highly recommend him!
It's amazing to find a Doctor in this area who actually cares about you as person. Very knowledgeable too! I would highly recommend him!
Dr. Sanai is very thorough and has an excellent bedside manner. I would recommend him highly!
Dr. Sanai is very professional and friendly. You feel connection right away.
Dr. Sanai is one of the best doctors I have ever seen. He is personable, knowledgable, and timely. I would highly recommend him.
Dr. Sanai was excellent. He listens very carefully to what you say and has excellent bedside manners.
Dr. Sanai was great! I went for a physical and he was very nice and open and throughly checked me out. I highly recommend him!
Dr. Sanai was fantastic; he was personable, very professional, and extremely knowledgeable. He even knew all about my extremely rare medical condition off the top of his head -- the specialist who originally diagnosed me hadn't even heard of it. I'd highly recommend him if you're looking for a primary care physician.
He was very friendly and thorough. I was a new patient, and he spent an hour talking with me. He took my concerns seriously but was not alarmist. I feel fortunate that he will not be my regular PCP.
Dr. Sanai exceeded my expectations for a first visit. I went for a physical and the first thing he did was to go to his his where he asked questions about my lifestyle and health prior to the actual physical exam. The exam was, needless to say thorough, and the very next morning, first thing, he personally called to go over the blood test results from the prior day. Dr. Sanai treated me like a patient whose health he truly cared about. I've already referred him to a close personal friend. I feel that with Dr. Sanai "I'm in good hands".
Dr. Sanai is a very good doctor who actually listens to his patients. I don't feel rushed when I'm in an appointment with him, like many other doctors tend to do.
Excellent, caring doctor. Listens to patients, - doesn't interrupt and doesn't have one foot out the door like most doctors. Explains everything clearly. Makes certain you understand rationale behind treatment. Staff are friendly and efficient. I appreciated his patience and understanding, and the time he took to make me feel at ease.
Really personable doctor who creates a stress free enjoyable atmosphere.
very good! excellent! dr sanai asked a lot of questions, which allowed me to provide as much information as could regarding my health.
Hands down the BEST doctor out there. He genuinely cares about your well-being and spends whatever time necessary with you. Doesn't rush you out the door like some other doctors. And he has a great personality! Hard to believe that anyone can live up to his caliber.
Dr. Sanai was easily accessible, professional, prompt, and made me feel very comfortable. I would feel confident in recommending him to a friend.
It was very good.
Super friendly and welcoming, wanted to know all about me, and seemed to really care. I'll definitely continue to see him.
Excellent cardiologist! He made me feel comfortable as if I've known him my entire life!
Very nice, seemed very professional (but I can't judge), would recommend him to anyone!
Very knowledgeable and likeable.
He was easy to talk to, and he saw me right away. I wasn't sitting and waiting but for maybe 1 minute.
Very personable and made me very comfortable. Minimal wait time and a very friendly office staff. I would highly recommend him as a provider.
Dr. Sanai is great. This was my first visit to see him and the initial paper work was handled quickly and efficiently. He saw me immediately. I went for a general checkup and Dr. Sanai agreed to see me even though he mostly specializes in cardiology patients. He has great bedside manner and is super friendly. He spent time getting to know me and my background We even shared restaurant tips. :)
Fantastic - great doc, great guy. Couldn't ask for a better visit.
To be honest Dr. Reza and his staff have set up the bar quite high for anyoneelse to follow. They were efficient, professional, polite...and yet they kept it simple and down to earth. Extremely friendly, attentive and caring which is exactly the way every business should treat their clients. I left their office feeling that I was in really good hands and confident they will take good care of me.
Dr. Sanai was extremely professional and helpful. I'm very fortunate I have found a great doctor in the DC area who cares.
Dr. Reza was great. Very straight forward visit. Felt he was very approachable.
Didn't rush, and was very thorough. Really nice guy!
Dr. Sanai is awesome. He made me feel so comfortable. Glad I was able to see him
I couldn't believe all the great reviews. So many good things to be said about this doctor. You'll have to see for yourself, he's great!
Dr Sanai was great. He took the time to explain the purpose of his evaluation and what he was looking for. Ensured that I had no issues that went unanswered. Very professional but at the same time ver personal. Great visit!
Very good and caring doctor.
The visit was fast and scrupulous. He interpreted the relationship doctor-patient very well and was very competent. I received clear information and advice.
on time, friendly, good natured, constructive... It was an excellent experience. I highly recommend Dr. Sanai.
Amazing all around. Hadn't been to a doctor in years, and Dr. Sanai was top notch. I don't normally write reviews, but he deserves one. Excellent bedside manner, and highly professional.
Best doctor experience I have had in DC.
He's great! If this was eBay, I would give him an A+++++.
Great doctor! Super personable.
Very friendly, personable, caring. Made me feel comfortable and at ease right away.
I felt very comfortable and he did a vyer thorough job. I would definitely recommend Dr. Sanai!
One word: Excellent.
Dr. Sanai is very friendly and personable. He cares about your overall well-being and makes sure you are comfortable with the diagnosis and treatment pathways.
Very personable and professional -- a hard combination to get right! He made me feel comfortable from the start of my first patient visit to his office. His office staff were friendly as well.
Very professional and caring, asks questions often and asks to confirm what he gathered.
Makes patients very comfortable and wanted. Dr. Sanai clearly loves his job
Smart, well-spoken, caring
Dr. Sanai was very professional, timely, and personable. He made feel very welcome and that he would do what was necessary to cure my ailments. Although there were no ailments he was able to refer me to a good dentist and optometrist, as I am brand new to the dc area. It was an awesome and refreshig experience and I would highly recommend Dr. Sanai to anyone! Top notch!
Whether it was the timing of my appointment or just the way Dr. Senai works all the time, I hadn't walked into the waiting area (and since it was my first visit, filled out some docs)or he came in himself and told me to come right in as soon as I was done. Very friendly, listened, took good notes, asked the right questions. I understand why folks are so enamored with him. A MAJOR change from my visits to Georgetown Hospital...where you feel like a number. Go ahead, you won't be disappointed.
Good Guy. Friendly and courteous. Attentive and acts like he cares.
The Doctor's bed side manner was something I had never experienced. As a new patient, he spent 15 minutes with just to get to know me better. He was also very thorough in addressing my concerns, etc. Superb!
Saw me early - first time that's ever happened to me in a doctor's office! Spent a lot of time talking with me and answering my questions. Very down to earth, yet still extremely professional. I've already recommended him to friends of mine. This guy is a top-notch doctor, end of story.
Great listener. He paid attention to the concerns I had and didn't flinch when I remembered several more over the course of the visit. I felt very comfortable and supported the whole time.
Dr. Sanai is a consummate professional who was able to find a way to connect with his patient as make them feel comfortable and at ease right away. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Great guy. I was there for a routine physical. Granted I'm in pretty good health so there wasn't much to say, but he made it clear that he was there for me should I have any questions or issues the future. I have never been to a doctor that seemed to genuinely care about my health as much as Dr. Sanai did. I just can't say enough about the guy. He's great.
Very personable and knowledgeable. My original appointment was changed without explanation but still was on the same day. Definitely recommend him.
Best doctor's visit I've ever had.
Dr. Sanai was very professional and down to earth. He answered all the questions I had and he showed a genuine interest in my health that I have not seen from former doctors. He also had a great personality and good sense of humor. Definitely would recommend him to my friends.
He is exactly what I have been looking for in an Internist. He listened to my concerns and was genuine in his interest to piece my prior care together to create a unique picture that is me. I'm glad I found him!
Thank you for a very pleasant doctor's visit! Dr. Sanai has excellent 'people skills'. He took time to talk with me, and he listened attentively. He explained things in a clear, relaxed manner. Six stars, please. :)
I am happy to have Dr. Reza Sanai as my primary car physician. Thnank you.
He was great and personable!
It was an excellent doctor's visit, professional, quick and definitely somewhere I would return.