Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases or conditions of the heart and blood vessels—the cardiovascular system. The cardiologist evaluates your symptoms and your medical history and may recommend tests for a more definite diagnosis.

Chris Balwanz, MD


Bryan Health Institute

Medical School-University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

Residency-University of California-Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, Internal Medicine

Fellowship- University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., Cardiology

Internships-University of California-Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, Internal Medicine

Board Certifications:

American Board of Internal Medicine – General

American Board of Internal Medicine – Cardiovascular Disease

Approach to Care: I am from Omaha, Neb., and specialize in cardiac imaging. I believe that a team approach in which the patient is comfortable and confident in their care leads to the best outcomes. This involves high-tech procedures and imaging as well as listening to the patient’s concerns and giving them all our attention to provide them the best quality care possible.

Natraj Katta, md

Interventional Cardiologist, Cardiology

Bryan Heart Institute

Dr. Katta grew up in southern India. He joined Bryan Heart in July of 2020 and brought with him an innovative focus on less-invasive procedures for patients.
Dr. Katta has a special interest in high risk percutaneous coronary interventions and mechanical circulatory support.
Dr. Katta believes that the physician and patient relationship should be based on trust. His goal is to achieve optimal well-being for his patients. Besides medical management of his patients, Dr. Katta specializes in:

• Aortic balloon valvuloplasty
• Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
• Coronary atherectomy (laser, orbital and rotational)
• Coronary stent implantation (CSI)
• High-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
• Mechanical circulatory support
– Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
– Impella® Ventricular Support Systems (2.5, CP and RP)
– Protek Duo
– Ultrasound-assisted catheter-directed thrombolysis (EKOS® and TandemHeart®)
• Percutaneous closure of patent foramen ovale (PFO)
• Peripheral artery disease and interventions
• Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Anand Deshmukh, MD

Interventional Cardiologist

Nebraska Heart Institute

Dr. Deshmukh received his medical degree from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India.  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Creighton University Medical School, Omaha, Neb.; where he additionally completed fellowships in Clinical Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology.   

Dr. Deshmukh is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and its subspecialty boards of Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology.  He is also certified by the National Board of Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology as well as in the practice of Endovascular Medicine.  Dr. Deshmukh provides consultative, diagnostic and interventional cardiology care and treatment including echocardiography and nuclear imaging testing, diagnostic angiography, interventional therapy for coronary blockages and structural heart disease.

Practice Locations
Dr. Deshmukh has practiced in Nebraska during the last 17 years and now sees patients at the Nebraska Heart Institute Clinic, Heart Hospital and St. Elizabeth.  He also provides clinical consultations several communities.

Ram Belbase


Nebraska Heart Institute

Dr. Ram Belbase, a native of Nepal, brings more than 10 years of family medicine, internal medicine and cardiology experience to Nebraska Heart. As an interventional cardiologist, he specializes in cardiology care for patients and enjoys educational opportunities to teach new physicians skills as they begin their careers. Dr. Belbase and his family look forward to living in Lincoln and cheering on the Huskers.

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital – Baltimore, MD

Creighton University Cardiology – Omaha, NE

Medical Schools
Manipal College of Medical Sciences – Pokhara, Nepal