The physicians of Advanced Heart Care are committed to the highest level of patient care while offering a full range of diagnostic, interventional preventative and treatment services. You will take comfort knowing that each of the cardiologists on staff is not only highly skilled after attending some of the nations most prestigious training programs, they are also Board Certified, many hold two or three additional Certifications.

While we know training and skills are important, we also know that finding a Doctor who is patient, willing to listen, and approachable can be just as critical when it comes to treating you or your loved one’s heart. Advanced Heart Care takes extraordinary measures when hiring any new staff members to ensure each patient is treated with kindness and professionalism.

You can learn more about each of the outstanding physicians and nurse practitioners who make up Advanced Heart Care below:

Adam R. Shapira, M.D.
Adam R. Shapira, M.D.
Dr. Adam Shapira was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and joined Advanced Heart Care in 2008, offering cardiac electrophysiology services.
Bradley M. Leonard, M.D.
Bradley M. Leonard, M.D.
Dr. Leonard has dedicated his entire career to practicing cardiology in the Dallas Metroplex area. After graduating from Princeton University, he attended University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and remained at Parkland Memorial Hospital for his internship and residency.
Brian G. Schwartz, M.D.
Brian G. Schwartz, M.D.
Dr. Brian Schwartz was born in San Antonio but grew up in Dallas, and joined Advanced Heart Care in July of 2012.
David N. Edwards, M.D.
David N. Edwards, M.D.
Dr. David Edwards is a fifth generation Texan! Although he was born and raised in Dallas, his family was one of the first families to arrive in Panola County in 1837.
Donald Wurzburg, M.D.
Donald Wurzburg, M.D.
Dr. Donald Wurzburg grew up in Southern California and joined Advanced Heart Care in 2001. He loves to meet new patients and help improve their health and wellbeing.
Jai Varma, M.D.
Jai Varma, M.D.
Dr. Jai Varma joined Advanced Heart Care in October 2012. Prior to joining, he was Assistant Professor and Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Louisiana State University, Shreveport.
Jason S. Finkelstein, M.D.
Jason S. Finkelstein, M.D.
Dr. Jason Finkelstein was born and raised in Long Island, New York and joined Advanced Heart Care in July 2007. Dr. Finkelstein is our full-time physician in the growing Decatur practice.
Manuel Cruz, M.D.
Manuel Cruz, M.D.
Dr. Cruz is skilled in all aspects of interventional cardiology including the use of stents and other state-of-the-art technologies in the cardiac cath laboratory. He also focuses on diagnostic cardiology including transesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography and nuclear imaging.
Trieu Q. Ho, M.D.
Trieu Q. Ho, M.D.
Dr. Trieu Ho offers cardiac electrophysiology services for Advanced Heart Care. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry, Cum Laude, at the University of Texas at Austin.
V. Ram Aligeti, M.D.
V. Ram Aligeti, M.D.
Dr. Ram Aligeti grew up in a small village in India and joined Advanced Heart Care in July 2012. After graduating from medical school Dr. Aligeti pursued his masters’ degree in Public Health at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Ayub Bilal, M.D.
Ayub Bilal, M.D.
Dr. Ayub joined Advanced Heart Care in 2016, after completing a two years cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. He served as a chief resident after finishing his internal Medicine residency at Abington Memorial Hospital /Thomas Jefferson University.
Ali A. Mithani MD
Ali A. Mithani MD
Dr. Mithani grew up in Chicago and joined Advanced Heart Care in 2017. He loves to meet new patients and offer cutting edge cardiac electrophysiology services.
Cheryl Fostel
Cheryl Fostel
Cheryl Fostel was born in Spokane, Washington. Her father was in the Air Force so she grew up all across the country before settling in Texas.
Jill Ballantine
Jill Ballantine
Physician Assistant Jill Ballantine, graduated from Texas A&M and the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Millicent Kee
Millicent Kee
Millicent Kee (Millie) has been a board certified nurse practitioner since 2007. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas.
Lesley-Anne (Annie) Friedman
Lesley-Anne (Annie) Friedman
Annie, a native California girl, knew from early in her childhood she wanted to follow in her parents footsteps and make a career in medicine.
Cynthia Fullbright
Cynthia Fullbright
A proven Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with a diverse healthcare background. Critical thinking skills applied in cardiovascular, oncology and internal medicine environments.