Dr. Joel G. Gotvald, MD

Dr. Joel G. Gotvald, MD

Vascular Surgery | Male | 46 years old

Triple Board-Certified: The American Board of Vascular Surgery (ABS) The American Board of General Surgery (ABS) The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (Diplomate) Dr. Joel Gotvald graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) in 1992. He completed medical school at UAB under scholarship and then went on to do his surgical training at the University of Texas Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, TX. He completed clinical clerkships in Surgical Oncology at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center. Following this, he obtained specialty training in Vascular (blood vessel) Surgery through a Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Fellowship at Baylor Medical Center and Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital in Dallas, Texas. This certifies him as a "Vascular Specialist," meaning he is an expert in the treatment of all forms of arterial and venous diseases. It is at Baylor that he obtained extensive experience and expertise in the treatment of all forms of vascular conditions, including training in the newest minimally-invasive techniques, ultrasound-guided procedures, and laser therapies. He is double Board-Certified by the American Board of Surgery in both Endovascular & Vascular Surgery as well as General Surgery. He has also obtained additional certification in Phlebology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM). He has also provided service to the community as a Trauma Surgeon in the ER for many years. He is a respected member of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), the American Board of Surgery, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Travis County Medical Society, and he is a distinguished Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Gotvald has been performing surgery for over 15 years, with his focus on Endovascular / Vascular Surgery, Varicose Vein Treatments, and Trauma Surgery. He is the medical director of Austin Vascular Surgeons and is the supervising physician for the ultrasound department at the Vascular & Vein Center in Austin and Round Rock Texas. He is an active staff member at the Seton Hospitals, St. David's Hospitals, Heart Hospital of Austin, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, and Westlake Medical Center. Dr. Gotvald's particular areas of interest are blood vessel surgery, treatments of varicose veins and spider veins, treatment of peripheral artery disease and carotid artery disease, treatment of aneursyms, minimally invasive operations, and laser treatments. He utilizes the latest cutting-edge technology and minimally invasive techniques to perform his operations, including the use of laparoscopy, lasers, stents, angioplasty balloons, ultrasound, and specialized catheters. He has vast experience in repairing aneurysms, opening artery occlusions, and curing varicose veins using laser techniques. He has an enthusiasm for treating a wide variety of patients of various ages with varying medical and surgical conditions. This includes providing care to the elderly population stricken with peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery disease, aneurysms, and renal failure. Additionally, he has a passion for treating those with both common and unusual venous disorders (such as varicose vein disease, spider veins, blood clots, DVT, and venous stasis ulcers). He has published several articles pertaining to his work in nationally distributed medical and surgical journals. Our physician is the founder of Austin Vein Specialists, a Vein & Laser Clinic that focuses on the cosmetic treatments of Varicose Veins & Spider Veins. He utilizes the latest state-of-the-art vein therapies to achieve exceptional aesthetic results. Dr. Gotvald is also a retired Major of the Air Force Medical Corps with 13 years of military service, having served as a Surgeon and an Officer in the USAF. He has been awarded the national defense service medal, the global war on terrorism medal, and the meritorious service medal for war-time medical service. Read more

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Board Certified Vein & Vascular Specialist MD. Board Certified Vascular Surgeon whose goal is to achieve complete patient satisfaction through exceptional care. Artery & Vein Blood Vessel Circulation Specialist. Varicose Vein & Spider Vein Treatments. Laser Leg Vein Treatments. Treatment of peripheral artery disease / peripheral vascular disease. Aneurysm Repair. Carotid artery disease management. Workup and treatment of leg / foot, swelling, pain, or wounds. Treatment of blood clots and leg edema. Excellence in Vascular & Vein Care. We provide the highest quality care in the treatment of cardiovascular, vascular, and vein disorders. By combining the clinical expertise of our team with the latest technologies, we are able to provide the best cardiovascular care available. We are a top-rated Center of Excellence for Treatment of Vascular Diseases. Our physicians are board-certified Vascular Surgeons who are fellowship-trained in all of the modern vascular, endovascular, and vein treatments. Our vascular surgeons strive to achieve complete satisfaction for every patient through exceptional care. We manage: cardiovascular diseases, aneurysms, peripheral artery disease (PAD or PVD), carotid artery disease , arterial atherosclerosis, artery dissections, claudication, deep venous thrombosis (DVT), blood clots, varicose veins, spider veins, lymphedema, diabetic wounds, ankle / foot ulcers & wounds, hardening of the arteries, and all forms of peripheral vascular disease. EVLT, Venefit.Read more

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"My goal as a physician is to achieve satisfaction for every patient through exceptional care"

in Austin, TX |
Dr. Gotvald treated my mother for circulation problems in her legs and she is ow pain free and doing great. We think the world of him!
in Georgetown, TX |
I am very pleased with the care and consideration both by Dr. Gotvald and his staff. I am pleased with the results of my vein procedures. I definitely recommend.
Avenue, MD |
Dr.Gotvald and his staff we're very helpful in restoring circulation to my legs. The process was informative and the procedure was done professionally with as little discomfort as possible. The additional support and help with insurance reimbursements is greatly appreciated
in Austin, TX |
Excellent vein care from the first time that I walked through the door. Highly recommend
in Austin, TX |
I had a stent put in my leg artery by Dr. Gotvald for poor circulation. It was a life saver, as all of my leg and foot pain resolved.
in Austin, TX |
I went into see Dr. Gotvald with severe varicose veins of both of my legs that were causing daily pain. I thought surgery would be needed, but he was able to completely resolve my problems with the use of lasers and medication injections. I now have a new set of legs and could not be happier. I highly recommend to anyone suffering with leg vein issues.
in Austin, TX |
Dr Gotvald explained my treatment options in great detail. The vein ligation was not as difficult to undergo as I had imagined and the recovery time was quick and effortless. The entire staff at Austin Vascular & Vein Specialists are very friendly without sacrificing professionalism. I will return again to have cosmetic procedures done here.
in Austin, TX |
I like surgeons who look for non-surgical solutions to your problems. Dr. Gotvald is one of those kind of docs. He is soft-spoken but tells you the bad news along with the good news. I would rather have the whole picture rather than not knowing what kind of health issue I am facing. He treated me for DVT and pulmonary embolism that was complication of cancer.
in Austin, TX |
I am very grateful for Dr. Gotvald taking great care of my father when he was put in the hospital with a severe vascular problem. He has recovered and is doing very well now. We always felt that we were in the best hands.
in Round Rock, TX |
Dr. Gotvald is the best and the most concern person. He cares about the patients and there well been and he does not jock with your health. There are not enough words to describe how thankful I am with Dr. Gotvalt. He is the Best. Thank you. Best Regards: Rocio Rios.
in Georgetown, TX |
I definitely made the right choice when choosing Dr. Gotvald to treat my vein issues based on his credentials and experience. Dr. Gotvald explained each procedure and patiently answered all of my question. He and his staff always made me feel comfortable. Overall, it was a good experience with an excellent outcome. I highly recommend Dr. Gotvald for any vein/vascular issues.
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Specialties

  • Vascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Phlebology

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  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Conditions Treated

Dr. Gotvald says..

Triple Board-Certified Vascular & Vein Specialist.  Board-certified in Vascular Surgery by the Vascular Board of the American Board of Surgery.  Board-certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.  Specialty training in Phlebology (vein disease management). Diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM).  Over 15 years of experience in treating vascular and vein diseases.

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  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Acute Stroke
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Angioma
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Familial Abdominal
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Familial Thoracic
  • Aortic Arch Anomaly
  • Aortic Arch Interruption
  • Aortic Dilation
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Arterial Dissections With Lentiginosis
  • Arterial Insufficiency
  • Arterial Occlusive Disease
  • Arterial Occlusive Disease, Progressive - Hypertension - Heart Defects - Bone Fragility - Brachysyndactyly
  • Arterial Tortuosity Syndrome
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Arteriosclerosis Obliterans
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteritis
  • Artery Disorders
  • Atheroma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis - Deafness - Diabetes - Epilepsy - Nephropathy
  • Atherosclerosis of Aorta
  • Atherosclerosis, Premature - Deafness - Diabetes Mellitus - Photomyoclonus - Nephropathy - Degenerative Neurologic Disease
  • Atherosclerotic Coronary Stenosis
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Berger's Disease
  • Blood Clot
  • Blood Coagulation Disorders, Inherited
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Occlusion
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Carotid Bruit
  • Carotid Cavernous Fistula
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Chronic Renal Failure Syndrome
  • Chronic Renal Insufficiency
  • Chronic Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Claudication
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Complications from Heart Procedures
  • Complications from Vascular Devices
  • Complications from Vascular Procedures
  • Congenital Lymphedema
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficult-to-Control Hypertension
  • Dissecting Aneurysm
  • Edema
  • Embolism
  • Embolus
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Foot and Ankle Disorders
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Gangrenous Disorder
  • Hennekam Lymphangiectasia-Lymphedema Syndrome
  • Hereditary Lymphedema
  • Hereditary Lymphedema, Type I
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypersensitivity Vasculitis
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Laceration
  • Leg Disorders
  • Leg Pain
  • Leg Ulcer
  • Leg Venous Ulcer
  • Lymphangiectasis
  • Lymphangitis
  • Lymphedema
  • Lymphedema Distichiasis Syndrome
  • Lymphedema, Congenital Recessive
  • Lymphedema, Hereditary, 1b
  • Necrotizing Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Pain, Intractable
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
  • Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease of Extremities
  • Peripheral Arterial Dissection
  • Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Phlebitis
  • Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
  • Popliteal Pterygium Syndrome
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
  • Renal Artery Stenosis (RAS)
  • Renal Hypertension
  • Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
  • Saccular Aneurysm
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Secondary Renovascular Hypertension
  • Spider Veins
  • Stab Wound
  • Stroke
  • Symptoms, Heart
  • Syncope
  • Systemic Vasculitis
  • Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Thromboembolism
  • Thrombosis
  • Thrombotic Disorders
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Ulcer
  • Ulcer of Foot
  • Varices
  • Varicose Veins
  • Varix
  • Vascular Anomaly
  • Vascular Birthmarks
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Headache
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Vascular Malposition
  • Vascular Neuropathy
  • Vascular Trauma
  • Vasculitis
  • Vasospasm
  • Vein Diseases
  • Vein of Galen Aneurysm
  • Venous Compression
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Venous Hum
  • Venous Hypertension
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Venous Reflux
  • Venous Thromboembolic Disease
  • Venous Thrombosis
  • Venous Ulcer
  • Vertebral Artery Dissection
  • Wound Infection
  • Wounds

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Dr. Gotvald says..

Austin Vascular & Vein Specialists is a medical and surgical practice that focuses on the treatment of diseases of the arteries and veins.  We are experts in the treatment of poor circulation.  Our practice has a focus on peripheral vascular disease including peripheral artery disease and peripheral venous disease.  We have a vein center that focuses on the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and venous insufficiency.  We are board-certified experts in the treatment of carotid artery disease, aneurysms, blood clots, artery dissections, deep venous thrombosis, and workup of leg pain and swelling conditions that are caused by poor blood flow.  We also manage patients needing dialysis access procedures or central venous access procedures.

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  • 3D Ultrasound
  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Ambulatory Phlebectomy
  • Amputation
  • Aneurysm Clipping
  • Aneurysm Embolization
  • Aneurysm Stenting
  • Aneurysm Surgery
  • Angioaccess
  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Angioplasty With Stent Placement
  • Angioscopy
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Aneurysm Stent Grafting
  • Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
  • Arterial Aneurysm Surgery
  • Arterial Blood Flow Study
  • Arterial Doppler Ultrasound
  • Arterial Graft
  • Arterial Line Insertion
  • Arterial Puncture
  • Arteriovenostomy for Renal Dialysis
  • Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
  • Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
  • Atherectomy
  • Carbon Dioxide Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Carotid Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Carotid Vertebral Sonography
  • Catheter Angiography
  • Catheterization
  • Central Line Insertion
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Cerebrovascular Surgery
  • Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)
  • Cosmetic Laser Surgery
  • Cosmetic Procedure
  • Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
  • Coumadin® Management
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Dialysis
  • Dialysis Access Procedures
  • Dialysis Catheter Placement
  • Doppler Test
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, or Vessel Exploration
  • Embolization
  • Embolization of Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Endoscopic Laser Therapy
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
  • Endovascular Procedure
  • Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Repair of Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
  • Endovascular Repair of Visceral Aorta
  • Endovascular Stent Grafting
  • Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins
  • Endovenous Laser Treatment
  • Endovenous Mechanochemical Ablation of Varicose Veins
  • Extremity Ultrasound
  • Fistulogram
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Fluorscein Angiography
  • Foot Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hemodialysis
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Indigo Laser Treatment
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter
  • Injection Therapy
  • In-Office Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins
  • In-Office Varicose Vein Procedure
  • In-Office Varicose Vein Surgery
  • Interventional Catheterization
  • Intra-Arterial Thrombolysis
  • IV Cutdown
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laser Ablation
  • Laser Angioplasty
  • Laser Microsurgery
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Spider Vein Treatment
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Treatment of Varicose Veins
  • Laser Vein Removal
  • Level II Ultrasound
  • Ligation
  • LightSheer® Hair Removal Procedure
  • Local Anesthesia
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support System
  • Mechanical Embolectomy
  • Mechanical Thrombectomy
  • Microneurovascular Surgery
  • Microsurgical Procedure
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimal Access Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography)
  • Neck Surgery
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
  • Percutaneous Procedures
  • Peripheral Angioplasty
  • Peripheral Arterial Puncture
  • Peripheral Artery Bypass
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Peripheral Vascular Adrenal Artery Stenting
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgical Procedures
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement
  • Phlebectomy
  • Plastic Cosmetic Surgery
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Port Removal
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Pre-Operative Care
  • Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
  • Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation
  • Removal of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
  • Renal Artery Angioplasty
  • Re-Operative Surgery
  • Revascularization
  • Revision of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
  • Revision Surgery
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Saphenous Vein Harvest for CABG
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Resurfacing
  • Skin Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Injections
  • Stent Grafting
  • Stent-Assisted Carotid Angioplasty
  • Stenting
  • Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
  • Stripping of Varicose Veins
  • Stroke Prevention
  • Surgery, Trauma
  • Syneron Polaris Radio - Frequency Laser
  • Temporal Artery Biopsy
  • Thoracic Surgical Procedure
  • Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Thrombolysis
  • Thrombolytic Therapy
  • Transmycardial Laser Revascularization
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound, Abdominal Aortic
  • Ultrasound, Cardiac
  • Varicose Vein Ligation
  • Varicose Vein Procedure
  • Varicose Vein Surgery
  • Vascular Brachytherapy
  • Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
  • Vascular Procedure
  • Vascular Stenting
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
  • Vein Ablation
  • Vein Laser Ablation
  • Vein Stripping
  • Vein Treatment
  • VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis
  • Venipuncture
  • Venography
  • Venous Access Creation and Care
  • Venous and Arterial Thrombolysis
  • Venous Doppler (Legs and Arms)
  • Venous Sclerotherapy
  • Venous Thrombolysis
  • Vericose Vein Removal
  • Vessel Imaging
  • Video Laser Laparoscopy
  • Visceral Angiography
  • Wound Care and Management

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  • 0
    Sanctions

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  • 0
    Board Actions

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Education

  • Medical School
    University of Alabama At Birmingham

    Graduated in 1996

  • Internship Hospital
    St. Joseph / Ut Houston Hospital System

    Completed in 1997

  • Residency Hospital
    St. Joseph / Ut Houston Hospital System

    Completed in 2001

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Baylor University Medical Center

    Completed in 2006

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Alabma At Birmingham

    Graduated in 1992

  • Other Education
    United States Air Force Medical Corps

    Completed in 2005

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, 2005
    • Advanced Microvascular Training Fellowhip, 2001
    • SAGES Advanced Laparoscopy Training Certificate, 1999
    • Special Honors in Surgery Clerkships, 1996
    • Surgery Resident of the Year, Houston, TX, 1997-1998
    • Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Biochemistry, 1992
    • Medical School 4 year Academic Scholarship, 1992
    • Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI), 2006-prese
    • Distinguished Officer, United States Air Force, Rank: Major, 13 years o
    • United States Air Force Longevity Service Medal, 2005
    • United States Air Force Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 2002
    • Surgeons Academic Excellence Awards, 1997,1998,
    • Intern of the Year Award, Houston, TX, 1996-1997
    • United States Air Force National Defense Service Medal, 2005
    • Honors Research Award in Cellular Biology, 1992
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  • Media & Publications
    • Austin Local Commercial

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Sign Language
  • Spanish

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Dr. Gotvald says...

Triple Board-Certified:

The American Board of Vascular Surgery (ABS)

The American Board of General Surgery (ABS)

The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (Diplomate)

Dr. Joel Gotvald graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) in 1992. He completed medical school at UAB under scholarship and then went on to do his surgical training at the University of Texas Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, TX. He completed clinical clerkships in Surgical Oncology at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Following this, he obtained specialty training in Vascular (blood vessel) Surgery through a Vascular & Endovascular Surgery Fellowship at Baylor Medical Center and Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital in Dallas, Texas. This certifies him as a "Vascular Specialist," meaning he is an expert in the treatment of all forms of arterial and venous diseases. It is at Baylor that he obtained extensive experience and expertise in the treatment of all forms of vascular conditions, including training in the newest minimally-invasive techniques, ultrasound-guided procedures, and laser therapies.

He is double Board-Certified by the American Board of Surgery in both Endovascular & Vascular Surgery as well as General Surgery. He has also obtained additional certification in Phlebology and is a Diplomate of  the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM). He has also provided service to the community as a Trauma Surgeon in the ER for many years. He is a respected member of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), the American Board of Surgery, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Travis County Medical Society, and he is a distinguished Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

Dr. Gotvald has been performing surgery for over 15 years, with his focus on Endovascular / Vascular Surgery, Varicose Vein Treatments, and Trauma Surgery.  He is the medical director of Austin Vascular Surgeons and is the supervising physician for the ultrasound department at the Vascular & Vein Center in Austin and Round Rock Texas.  He is an active staff member at the Seton Hospitals, St. David's Hospitals, Heart Hospital of Austin, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, and Westlake Medical Center.

Dr. Gotvald's particular areas of interest are blood vessel surgery, treatments of varicose veins and spider veins, treatment of peripheral artery disease and carotid artery disease, treatment of aneursyms, minimally invasive operations, and laser treatments. He utilizes the latest cutting-edge technology and minimally invasive techniques to perform his operations, including the use of laparoscopy, lasers, stents, angioplasty balloons, ultrasound, and specialized catheters. He has vast experience in repairing aneurysms, opening artery occlusions, and curing varicose veins using laser techniques.

He has an enthusiasm for treating a wide variety of patients of various ages with varying medical and surgical conditions. This includes providing care to the elderly population stricken with peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery disease, aneurysms, and renal failure. Additionally, he has a passion for treating those with both common and unusual venous disorders (such as varicose vein disease, spider veins, blood clots, DVT, and venous stasis ulcers). He has published several articles pertaining to his work in nationally distributed medical and surgical journals.

Our physician is the founder of Austin Vein Specialists, a Vein & Laser Clinic that focuses on the cosmetic treatments of Varicose Veins & Spider Veins. He utilizes the latest state-of-the-art vein therapies to achieve exceptional aesthetic results.

Dr. Gotvald is also a retired Major of the Air Force Medical Corps with 13 years of military service, having served as a Surgeon and an Officer in the USAF. He has been awarded the national defense service medal, the global war on terrorism medal, and the meritorious service medal for war-time medical service.

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Dr. Gotvald's Care Philosophy

Board Certified Vein & Vascular Specialist MD.  Board Certified Vascular Surgeon whose goal is to achieve complete patient satisfaction through exceptional care.  Artery & Vein Blood Vessel Circulation Specialist.   Varicose Vein & Spider Vein Treatments.  Laser Leg Vein Treatments.  Treatment of peripheral artery disease / peripheral vascular disease.  Aneurysm Repair.   Carotid artery disease management.  Workup and treatment of leg / foot, swelling, pain, or wounds. Treatment of blood clots and leg edema.  Excellence in Vascular & Vein Care. 

 We provide the highest quality care in the treatment of cardiovascular, vascular, and vein disorders. By combining the clinical expertise of our team with the latest technologies, we are able to provide the best cardiovascular care available. We are a top-rated Center of Excellence for Treatment of Vascular Diseases. Our physicians are board-certified Vascular Surgeons who are fellowship-trained in all of the modern vascular, endovascular, and vein treatments. Our vascular surgeons strive to achieve complete satisfaction for every patient through exceptional care.

We manage: cardiovascular diseases, aneurysms, peripheral artery disease (PAD or PVD), carotid artery disease , arterial atherosclerosis, artery dissections, claudication, deep venous thrombosis (DVT), blood clots, varicose veins, spider veins, lymphedema, diabetic wounds, ankle / foot ulcers & wounds, hardening of the arteries, and all forms of peripheral vascular disease. EVLT, Venefit.

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Dr. Gotvald says...

Triple Board-Certified Vascular & Vein Specialist.  Board-certified in Vascular Surgery by the Vascular Board of the American Board of Surgery.  Board-certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery.  Specialty training in Phlebology (vein disease management). Diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM).  Over 15 years of experience in treating vascular and vein diseases.

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Dr. Gotvald says...

Austin Vascular & Vein Specialists is a medical and surgical practice that focuses on the treatment of diseases of the arteries and veins.  We are experts in the treatment of poor circulation.  Our practice has a focus on peripheral vascular disease including peripheral artery disease and peripheral venous disease.  We have a vein center that focuses on the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and venous insufficiency.  We are board-certified experts in the treatment of carotid artery disease, aneurysms, blood clots, artery dissections, deep venous thrombosis, and workup of leg pain and swelling conditions that are caused by poor blood flow.  We also manage patients needing dialysis access procedures or central venous access procedures.

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Dr. Gotvald says...

"My goal as a physician is to achieve satisfaction for every patient through exceptional care"