Our Physicians

  • Dr RellasJames S. Rellas, MD, PA, MSMM, FACC
    Cardiology

    Dr. James Rellas has been practicing cardiology in Dallas for more than 25 years.

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  • Dr BlattBrian T. Blatt DO, FACC, CCDS
    Cardiology, Electrophysiology

    Dr. Blatt is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

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  • Dr WallaceWilliam E. Wallace, DO, FACOS, FCCP
    Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

    Dr. Wallace has been a practicing Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon in the DFW area for more than 20 years.

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  • Dr BoorlaShruti Boorla, DO
    Cardiology

    Dr. Boorla’s areas of specialization include diagnostic catheterization, cardiac imaging, as well as a special interest in women’s health issues.

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  • Dr IllumSandra Illum MD, FACC
    Cardiovascular Disease

    Dr. Illum specializes in cardiovascular disease in women and cardiac imaging.

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  • Dr BegumShahnaz Begum, MD
    Cardiovascular disease

    Dr Begum specializes in cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology.
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  • Dr James KimJames Young Kim, MD, FACC
    Cardiology

    Dr. Kim specializes in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
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James S. Rellas, MD, PA, MSMM, FACC
Cardiology

Board Certified:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (Coronary and Vascular CTA)

Certified:

  • Physicians Vascular Interpretation
  • Specialist in Clinical Hypertension
  • Clinical Lipidology

About Dr. Rellas

Dr. James Rellas has been practicing cardiology in Dallas for more than 25 years. After spending nearly 20 years working in most of the North Dallas, Carrollton and Plano hospitals, Dr. Rellas has become a leader in preventive cardiology as well as cardiac imaging. One of the first cardiologists in the country to become Board Certified in CTA, Dr. Rellas works with Prestonwood Imaging which has the latest in CTA equipment called Dual Source, or 128 Slice-CTA. In addition, Dr. Rellas is one of the first Nuclear Cardiologists in the State to become trained and licensed in PET Scans, the latest in stress testing.

Dr. Rellas spends many evenings and weekends teaching and believes in keeping up with the latest in cardiology. His skills and certifications are a testament to his dedication.

The HeartFirst office at the Texas Clinic in Prestonwood, Plano Tx, has been called one of the most up-to-date in the Texas. Dr. Rellas also takes pride in the overwhelmingly positive satisfaction surveys for himself, his facility and his staff. He has been on the D Magazine Best Doctors List four times.

Dr. Rellas and HeartFirst work hard with their patients on prevention as well as diagnosing their immediate problems. Please take the PATIENT HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE and see if you are at intermediate risk for heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Rellas and HeartFirst would like to discuss their recommendations and new advances for these patients. In addition, please read about the HEARTFIRST CLINICS which have been developed to optimize the cardiovascular health of many appropriate patients.

In many cases, same day appointments are available. Dr. Rellas understands that patients would rather see a cardiologist in a comfortable office setting rather than an emergency room. This will often avoid unnecessary admissions and give patients immediate reassurance after his evaluation.

Dr. Rellas’ office walls are covered with pictures of his family. He and his wife, Nordy, will be celebrating their 29th wedding anniversary this June. They were blessed with four children:

Jackie – Now Dr. Jackie Rellas Keedy graduated from Rice University and is now doing her Internal Medicine Resident training at the U of Washington Medical Center.

Dale – Graduated from Notre Dame and now a medical student at UTHSC at San Antonio.

Cory – Graduated from Notre Dame and now working for Sankaty Investment LLC, part of Bain Capital in Boston Ma.

Victoria – Undergraduate playing soccer at Rice University. The fourth student athlete in the Rellas family.

Brian T. Blatt DO, FACC, CCDS
Cardiology, Electrophysiology

Areas of Specialization:

  • Palpitations
  • Syncope and other dysautonomic syndromes
  • Pacemaker implants
  • Defibrillator implants
  • Biventricular pacemakers
  • Biventricular defibrillators
  • Implantable loop recorders
  • Catheter ablation of idiopathic ventricular tachycardia
  • Catheter ablation of supraventricular tachycardia including: AVNRT, AVRT (WPW), Atrial Tachycardia, Atrial flutter

About Dr. Blatt

Dr. Blatt is proud to offer cardiac electrophysiology services to the Dallas area with HeartFirst. Dr. Blatt completed his three year cardiology fellowship at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, New Jersey. He then completed a follow-up two-year adult cardiac electrophysiology fellowship at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts under the direction of James Cook M.D. Dr. Blatt participated in numerous major medical studies which have had an impact on the practice of medicine today, including the DAVID trial. In addition, he has received dedicated training in device implantation including: loop recorders, pacemakers, defibrillators and resynchronization devices. Dr. Blatt has also received specialized training in cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac catheter ablation. He has performed ablative techniques for: atrial tachycardia, AVNRT, WPW, atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation and idiopathic ventricular tachycardia. He has also had advanced training in syncope, including tilt table testing.

Dr. Blatt is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has professional affiliations with the American College of Cardiology, American Osteopathic Association and the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

Dr. Blatt and his family moved to Frisco, Texas in 2007. He spent 4 years in private practice in Bangor, Maine. He enjoys cycling and hiking.

William E. Wallace, DO, FACOS, FCCP
Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Areas of Specialization:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting, including off pump techniques
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Arrhythmia ablation surgery
  • Thoracic oncology
  • Surgery, including aortic, carotid and peripheral artery surgery

About Dr. Wallace

Dr. William Wallace has been a practicing Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon in the DFW area for more than 20 years. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteophathic Medicine, Fort Worth in 1980. Dr. Wallace completed his Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery training at the Texas Heart Institute. He is board certified in General Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care.

In 2008, Dr. Wallace was recognized in the Guide to America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. This recognition is awarded to physicians based on experience, training, professional associations and board certifications. Dr. Wallace has also been named as a “Top Doc” for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Fort Worth, Texas: The City’s Magazine and a Texas “Super Doctor” in Texas Monthly Magazine. In addition, he has been named to Marquis Who’s Who in the world and America, and in medicine and healthcare.

Shruti Boorla, DO
Cardiology

Areas of Specialization:

  • Diagnostic catheterization
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Women’s health issues

Board Certified:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Diseases

About Dr. Boorla

HeartFirst proudly announces the addition of a new physician, Dr. Shruti Boorla. Dr. Boorla will begin seeing patients at The Texas Clinic at Prestonwood on September 15th. She also looks forward to working at Baylor Carrolton Hospital, as a part of HeartFirst.

Dr. Boorla grew up in the North Richland Hills area. She received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University, graduating with honors. She also excelled during her medical training as she was chosen as the Chief Resident and Chief Fellow in Cardiology. In July 2010, Dr. Boorla completed her general Cardiology Fellowship at Plaza Medical Center in Ft. Worth.

Dr. Boorla is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. Her areas of specialization include diagnostic catheterization, cardiac imaging, as well as a special interest in women’s cardiovascular health.

She plans to marry her fiancé, Edward, in the fall of 2010. Edward is currently doing his fellowship in Infectious Disease and plans to graduate in the summer of 2011. Dr. Boorla enjoys travelling and spends her free time cooking and painting.

Sandra Illum MD, FACC, FASE
Cardiology

Areas of Specialization:

  • Women and cardiovascular disease
  • Cardiac Imaging

About Dr. Illum

Sandra Illum, M.D. joined HeartFirst after serving as an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Illum is a graduate of Karolinska Institute of Medicine in Sweden, which is notable for its annual Nobel Prize awards. Additionally, Dr. Illum completed fellowships in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Louisiana State University. Her specialties include Cardiovascular Disease in Women and cardiac imaging. Dr. Illum will focus her practice at the HeartFirst Clinic in Plano, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Illum enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and is an avid runner.

Shahnaz Begum MD
Cardiovascular Disease

Areas of Specialization:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Nuclear Cardiology

About Dr. Begum

Training: State University of New York; Downtown Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Nuclear Cardiology.
Certified CTA Level II
Hospital Affiliations: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano

James Young Kim, MD, FACC
Cardiology

Areas of Specialization:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Interventional Cardiology

About Dr. Kim

Training: MD – University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Interventional Cardiology Fellowship – University of Cincinnati
Board Certifications: Cardiovascular Disease; Interventional Cardiology.
Hospital Affiliations: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas

 

Dr. Kim is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana Medical School, completing his Cardiology Fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston and subsequent Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati in 2011. He was board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases in 2004 and Interventional Cardiology in 2011. He received designation of Fellow by the American College of Cardiology in 2009.

He is a proud veteran of the US Army with over 14 years of reserve and active duty combined, including overseas deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006.

He has extensive experience in endovascular treatment of peripheral vascular disease to prevent amputation and improve poorly healing ulcers. He also performs a majority of his cardiac catheterizations via the radial artery in the wrist (for patients), including stent placement. Cardiac catheterization via the radial artery has been shown to be safer, better tolerated and preferred by patients with quicker recovery when performed by experienced operators.

He will see inpatients at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano and Dallas, with his primary clinic at HeartFirst of Plano.