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.
Dr. Gotvald's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Why It Matters: Dr. Gotvald's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
Renal Artery Arteriosclerotic Disease
Renal Artery Stenosis (RAS)
Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
Secondary Renovascular Hypertension
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Ulcer of Foot
Vein of Galen Aneurysm
Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
Venous Thromboembolic Disease
Vertebral Artery Dissection
Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Angioplasty With Stent Placement
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 Line Insertion
Arteriovenostomy for Renal Dialysis
Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
Carbon Dioxide Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Carotid Artery Stent Placement
Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
Carotid Vertebral Sonography
Central Line Insertion
Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)
Cosmetic Laser Surgery
Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
Dialysis Access Procedures
Dialysis Catheter Placement
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, or Vessel Exploration
Embolization of Arteriovenous Malformation
Endoscopic Laser Therapy
Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
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
Head and Neck Surgery
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
In-Office Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins
In-Office Varicose Vein Procedure
In-Office Varicose Vein Surgery
Indigo Laser Treatment
Inferior Vena Cava Filter
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser Spider Vein Treatment
Laser Treatment of Varicose Veins
Laser Vein Removal
Level II Ultrasound
LightSheer® Hair Removal Procedure
MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography)
Mechanical Circulatory Support System
Minimal Access Surgery
Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
Peripheral Arterial Puncture
Peripheral Artery Bypass
Peripheral Artery Catheterization
Peripheral Vascular Adrenal Artery Stenting
Peripheral Vascular Surgical Procedures
Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement
Plastic Cosmetic Surgery
Port Placements or Replacements
Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser Treatment
Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation
Removal of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
Renal Artery Angioplasty
Revision of Arteriovenous Shunt for Renal Dialysis
Saphenous Vein Harvest for CABG
Soft Tissue Injections
Stent-Assisted Carotid Angioplasty
Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
Stripping of Varicose Veins
Syneron Polaris Radio - Frequency Laser
Temporal Artery Biopsy
Thoracic Surgical Procedure
Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
Transmycardial Laser Revascularization
Ultrasound, Abdominal Aortic
Varicose Vein Ligation
Varicose Vein Procedure
Varicose Vein Surgery
Vascular Duplex Ultrasonography and Plethysmography
Vascular Surgical Procedure
Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
Vein Laser Ablation
VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis
Venous Access Creation and Care
Venous Doppler (Legs and Arms)
Venous and Arterial Thrombolysis
Vericose Vein Removal
Video Laser Laparoscopy
Wound Care and Management
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Texas.
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of Alabma At Birmingham
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
University of Alabama At Birmingham
Medical School | Graduated 1996
St. Joseph / Ut Houston Hospital System
Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
St. Joseph / Ut Houston Hospital System
Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
Baylor University Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
United States Air Force Medical Corps
Other Education | Completed 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
Media & Publications
Austin Local Commercial,
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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