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Joseph L. Mills, M.D., FACS

Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy
Baylor College of Medicine



Vascular Surgery (Clinic)
Baylor Medicine at McNair Campus
7200 Cambridge Street
Suite 6E
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(713) 798-5700
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  • Diplomate
    American Board of Surgery

  • Diplomate
    National Board of Medical Examiners

  • Vascular Surgery


  • Fellowship at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

  • Fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University

  • Residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
    Lackland AFB

  • Internship at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
    Lackland AFB

  • MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine
    Washington DC


  • English


  • Male

CME Presentations

Vascular Surgery: The Evolution of a Specialty
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
February 23, 2022

Professional Statement

Joseph L. Mills, M.D. is a board certified vascular surgeon in Houston, Texas specializing in diabetic foot amputation prevention and limb salvage. Dr. Mills earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his surgical internship and residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. He went on to train in Vascular Surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon, and also completed a senior fellowship in Endovascular Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Among his great many honors, he has served as president of the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society, president of the Western Vascular Society, president of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery, director of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), immediate past chair of the Vascular Surgery Board of the ABS, and is currently a member of the Surgery Residency Review Committee of the ACGME. He is co-editor of the prestigious "Rutherford's Vascular Surgery" (7th and 8th editions), the “go-to” textbook for vascular surgery. Dr. Mills has authored nearly 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, focused on his clinical and research interests in noninvasive diagnosis, vein graft stenosis, intimal hyperplasia and limb-salvage in patients with diabetes mellitus. He has been the principal investigator for over 40 clinical trials, including a number of current investigations.

Professional Achievements

  • Top Doctor in Vascular Surgery
    01/2013 - Castle Connolly
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention
  • Who’s Who in American Education, 7th Edition
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • 2020 Top Doctor: Vascular Surgery
    Houstonia Magazine

Professional Interests

  • Diabetic Foot Amputation Prevention
  • Limb salvage
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Carotid disease and stroke
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous access (AV fístulas and grafts)
  • Vascular Problems in Athletes

Physician Specialties

  • Vascular Surgery
  • Limb Salvage

Professional Specialties

  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Lower extremity arterial bypass
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Limb salvage
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Diabetic foot
  • Arteriovenous access (AV fístulas and grafts)


  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
  • International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology
  • Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery
  • American Association for Vascular Surgery
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society
  • American Medical Association
  • American Surgical Association
  • International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot
  • Southwestern Surgical Congress
  • European Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Stroke Council of the American Heart Association