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Cardiology

The board certified cardiologists with Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists are experienced, local resources who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart failure
  • Acute venous disease
  • Circulation problems of the lower extremity
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Hyperlipidemia (abnormal cholesterol)
  • Irregular heartbeats and arrhythmia

For patients who need diagnostic testing or interventions, comprehensive cardiovascular services are available at Morris Hospital, including advanced treatment in Morris Hospital’s cardiac cath lab, along with a cardiac rehabilitation program to assure patients stay on the road to recovery.


For an appointment with a cardiologist, call Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists at 815-705-1000.

WHERE CAN I SEE A CARDIOLOGIST?

MORRIS

Address:
Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists
151 West High St. (Lower Level),
Morris, IL 60450
Phone: 815.705.1000
Office Hours: Monday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cardiologists: Syed Ahmed, M.D., Mostafa Ghanim, M.D., Alexander Green, M.D., Mary Menz, D.O., Athar Saeed, M.D., Hershel Wix, M.D., and Nurse Practitioner Sherese Pruss, N.P.-B.C.

CHANNAHON (RIDGE ROAD CAMPUS)

Address:
Morris Hospital Ridge Road Campus,
27240 W. Saxony Dr. (Suite 203)
Channahon, IL 60410
Phone: 815.705.1000
Office Hours: Tuesday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cardiologist Mary Menz, D.O., Hershel Wix, M.D., and Nurse Practitioner Sherese Pruss, N.P.-B.C.

DWIGHT

Address:
Dwight Healthcare Center of Morris Hospital,
101 S. Prairie Ave.,
Dwight, IL 60420
Phone: 815.705.1000
Office Hours: Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cardiologist: Athar Saeed, M.D.

OTTAWA

Address:
Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists
1703 Polaris Circle
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815.705.1000
Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cardiologists: Syed Ahmed, M.D., Mostafa Ghanim, M.D., Mary Menz, D.O., Athar Saeed, M.D.

MEET OUR PROVIDERS:

SYED AHMED, M.D., INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGIST

Dr. Syed Ahmed, Morris Hospital Cardiovascular SpecialistsJoining Morris Hospital in the fall of 2013, Dr. Syed Ahmed came to the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists from Mercy Hospital in Des Moines where he was a practicing cardiologist for 10 years. His specialized training as an interventional cardiologist makes him qualified to perform advanced testing and procedures in the Morris Hospital Cath Lab, including angiography, angioplasty and stenting of the coronary and vascular arteries. He is board certified in internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Ahmed received his medical degree from Sindh Medical College in Pakistan and completed an internal medicine residency at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., followed by a three-year fellowship in general cardiology at State University of New York, Brooklyn, N.Y. and a one-year fellowship in interventional cardiology at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Every patient is important to Dr. Ahmed, whether he is seeing the patient for a routine follow-up or a complex heart condition. Dr. Ahmed is committed to listening to his patients and spending time with them. This enables him to gain a better understanding of their condition and build trusting patient-physician relationships. Dr. Ahmed believes that it is a privilege to serve as a cardiologist because it gives him the opportunity to positively influence the lives of his patients.

Dr. Ahmed sees patients at the Morris and Ottawa offices. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahmed, call 815.705.1000.

 

DR. AHMED’S OFFICE HOURS:

Monday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Ottawa)
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Morris)
Thursday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Morris)
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (Morris)

MOSTAFA GHANIM, M.D., INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGIST

Dr. Mostafa Ghanim joined Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists in 2023 following four years of fellowship training in cardiology and interventional cardiology. In addition to seeing patients for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol disorders, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure, arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, and other coronary and vascular issues, Dr. Ghanim performs procedures in the cath lab at Morris Hospital including coronary and peripheral angiography, angioplasty, and stent placement.

Dr. Ghanim received his medical degree from Cairo University Medical School in Egypt and completed an internal medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, followed by fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at One North Iowa Medical Center, Mason City, Iowa.

Dr. Ghanim strives to provide the highest quality of care to his patients, ensuring that they benefit from the most effective and evidence-based treatments available. In his interactions with patients, Dr. Ghanim is dedicated to providing patient-centered care and prioritizes the unique needs, values, and preferences of each patient. He believes in open and honest communication, actively listening to his patients, and involving patients in the decision-making process regarding their treatment options, always empowering patients to take active roles in managing their cardiovascular health.

Dr. Ghanim sees patients in the Ottawa and Morris offices. To schedule an appointment, call 815.705.1000.

DR. GHANIM’S OFFICE HOURS:

Monday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m (Ottawa)
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m (Ottawa)
Thursday: 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m (Ottawa); 1-4 p.m. (Morris)
Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m (Ottawa)

ALEXANDER GREEN, M.D., ELECTROPHYSIOLOGIST†

Dr. Alexander Green is a board-certified electrophysiologist from Loyola University Medical Center who sees patients with heart rhythm conditions in the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists’ Morris office.

As an electrophysiologist, Dr. Green has special expertise in the diagnosis and management of heart rhythm conditions and implantation of cardiac devices including pacemakers and defibrillators. He performs procedures in the Morris Hospital Cath Lab.

Dr. Green completed a three-year residency in internal medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, followed by fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, also at Loyola. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiac Electrophysiology.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Green in the Morris office, call 815.705.1000.

DR. GREEN’S OFFICE HOURS:

1st, 3rd & 4th Monday of the month: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Morris)

MARY MENZ, D.O., GENERAL CARDIOLOGIST

Cardiologist Dr. Mary Menz, Morris Hospital Cardiovascular SpecialistsHaving previously practiced for 13 years in Aurora and Joliet, Dr. Mary Menz joined the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists in 2018.

As a cardiologist, Dr. Menz has expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, blood pressure management, heart failure, circulation problems of the lower extremity and cholesterol management. Her specialized training in general cardiology makes her qualified in using non-invasive tests like stress tests, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms to evaluate and diagnose cardiac disorders. She has a special interest in women’s cardiovascular health and cardio-oncology.

Dr. Menz attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Olympia Fields, Ill, where she also completed an internal medicine residency and general cardiology fellowship.

Dr. Menz strongly believes the patient comes first. She puts special emphasis on patient satisfaction and the importance of not only listening to the patient, but hearing what they are trying to say.

Dr. Menz sees patients at the Channahon (Ridge Road Campus), Morris and Ottawa offices. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Menz, call 815.705.1000.

 

DR. MENZ’S OFFICE HOURS:

Tuesday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Channahon)
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Ottawa)
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Channahon)
Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Morris)

SHERESE PRUSS, N.P.-B.C., CARDIOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER

Nurse Practitioner Sherese Pruss, Morris Hospital Cardiovascular SpecialistsSherese Pruss, N.P.-B.C., is a nurse practitioner specializing in cardiology with the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists. She assists providers by seeing patients at the Morris and Channahon locations.

Sherese brings more than 21 years of nursing experience to the practice, including 16 years as a nurse practitioner focusing on cardiovascular conditions. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of St. Francis in Joliet and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Pruss is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

To schedule an appointment with the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists, call 815.705.1000.

 

SHERESE’S OFFICE HOURS:

Tuesday: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m (Channahon)
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Morrris)
Friday: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Channahon)

STERLING 'SCOTT' REESE, M.D., INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGIST†

Dr. Sterling “Scott” ReeseCardiologist Dr. Sterling "Scott" Reese is an interventional cardiologist who joined the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists in 2020. He has more than 30 years of experience in cardiology.

As an interventional cardiologist, Dr. Reese assists the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists exclusively at Morris Hospital. He helps with STEMI and general cardiology cases, along with overseeing consults, stress tests, echocardiograms and procedures in the Cath Lab. He does not see outpatients in the clinics. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology and Echocardiography.

To schedule an appointment with the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists, call 815.705.1000.

ATHAR SAEED, M.D., INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGIST

Cardiologist Dr. Athar Saeed, Morris Hospital Cardiovascular SpecialistsDr. Athar Saeed joined Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists in 2015 following four years of fellowship training in cardiology and interventional cardiology. His specialized training as an interventional cardiologist makes him qualified to perform advanced testing and procedures in the Morris Hospital Cath Lab, including angiography, angioplasty and stenting of the coronary and vascular arteries. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

A native of Naperville, Ill., Dr. Saeed received his medical degree from National University of Science and Technology in Pakistan, and completed an internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Seton Hall University, Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, N.J.

Dr. Saeed believes that education is a cornerstone to the prevention and management of heart disease. That is why he takes time to help patients understand how to manage their condition. Through the use of an evidence-based, quality-directed approach to care, along with effective patient education, Dr. Saeed is committed to partnering with his patients to achieve the common goal of better health, well-being and an improved quality of life.

Dr. Saeed sees patients at the Dwight, Morris and Ottawa offices. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Saeed, call 815.705.1000.

 

DR. SAEED’S OFFICE HOURS:

Monday: 8 a.m.-11 a.m. (Morris)
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Ottawa)
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Morris)
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Dwight)

HERSHEL WIX, M.D., GENERAL CARDIOLOGIST†

Cardiologist Dr. Hershel WixDr. Hershel Wix is a board-certified cardiologist who joined the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists in 2022. He has more than 42 years of experience in cardiology.

Dr. Wix received his medical degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., and completed in internal medicine residency at University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics, followed by a cardiology fellowship at University of Chicago Hospitals and Pritzker School of Medicine.

As a cardiologist, Dr. Wix has expertise in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, blood pressure management, heart failure, circulation problems of the lower extremity and cholesterol management. His specialized training makes him qualified in using non-invasive tests like stress tests, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms to evaluate and diagnose cardiac disorders.

Dr. Wix sees patients at the Morris and Channahon (Ridge Road Campus) offices. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wix, call 815.705.1000.

 

DR. WIX’S OFFICE HOURS:

Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Morris)
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Channahon)

† – Dr. Sterling “Scott” Reese, Dr. Sukit Ringwala and Dr. Hershel Wix are independent contracted physicians.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

WHAT IS AN INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGIST?

As interventional cardiologists, Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Ghanim, Dr. Reese and Dr. Saeed have specialized training that allows them to perform advanced testing and procedures in the Morris Hospital Cath Lab, including angiography, angioplasty and stenting of the coronary and vascular arteries.

WHAT IS A GENERAL CARDIOLOGIST?

As a general cardiologist, Dr. Menz has specialized training in using non-invasive tests like stress tests, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms – rather than instruments inserted into the body – to evaluate and diagnose cardiac disorders.

WHAT IS AN ELECTROPHYSIOLOGIST?

As an electrophysiologist, Dr. Sukit Ringwala has specialized training in the diagnosis and management of heart rhythm conditions including atrial fibrillation ablations and implantation/extraction of cardiac devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators and implantable cardiac monitors.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?

To schedule an appointment with the Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists at any one of our locations in Morris, Channahon, Dwight or Ottawa, please call 815-705-1000

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY APPOINTMENT?

Before your first visit, we suggest that you go to our Forms Center and download and complete the Healthcare Centers – General Patient Registration Form.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete registration and a health questionnaire.

When you come for your appointments, please remember to bring the following:

  • Driver’s License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • Reports, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc. and any other relevant information
  • List of medications (if any)

We recognize that your time is valuable, and we make every effort to stay on schedule. Occasionally emergencies or patients require a little more time and may cause delays beyond our control. We apologize if we keep you waiting.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT?

If you need to cancel an appointment, please call the office during business hours at least 1 day prior to your scheduled appointment so that we can offer your appointment time to patients on our waiting list.

HOW DO I ACCESS THE PATIENT PORTAL?

We are pleased to offer a patient portal that gives you access to your health information. Please follow this link to our Patient Portal page.

WHERE CAN I GET HELP WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT BILLING?

Please visit our Pay My Bill page for information about ways to pay your bill, who to contact for billing questions, and financial assistance.

IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIAL I SHOULD KNOW AS A MEDICARE BENEFICIARY?

Your provider is committed to delivering the best possible coordination of your care by participating in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).  A care coordinator may get involved in your care to help improve communication between your healthcare providers. Please visit our Accountable Care Organization (ACO) webpage to learn more.

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