Dr. Joel Gotvald, MD

Dr. Joel Gotvald, MD

Vascular Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
48 y/o

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Dr. Joel Gotvald, MD is a vascular surgery specialist in Austin, TX and has been practicing for 12 years. He specializes in vascular surgery, general surgery, and more.Read his story

Austin Vascular & Vein Specialists

1902 W 34th St

Austin, TX 78703
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • Humana
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health

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Top Care Areas

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Venous Insufficiency
very high
more than 93% of peers
Varicose Veins
more than 83% of peers
Vascular Disease
more than 80% of peers

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Dr. Gotvald's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Gotvald "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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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Gotvald "Board Certified Vein & Vascular Specialists MDs. Board Certified Vascular Surgeons serving Austin, Round Rock, & Cedar Park Texas. Artery & Vein Blood Vessel Circulation Specialists.   Varicose Vein & Spider Vein Treatments.  Laser Leg Vein Treatments.  Treatment of peripheral artery disease / vascular disease. Aneurysm Repair.  Carotid artery disease therapy. Dialysis Access. Blood Clot Therapy. Workup and treatment of leg / foot, swelling, pain, or wounds. Treatment of blood clots and leg edema. Artery and Vein Surgeons. Stents,angioplasty,surgery. Voted Best Vascular & Vein Care in Austin.

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, & all forms of peripheral vascular disease. Vein Clinic & Vein Center."

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3  Specialties

  • Vascular Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Phlebology

2  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Vascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

154  Conditions Treated

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Skin Diseases
  • 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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187  Procedures

  • 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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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • 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,

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Sign Language
  • Spanish

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What People Say About Dr. Joel Gotvald, MD
Excellent at what he does. I am very happy with my results!
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C. Edlin – Aug 03, 2018
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Dr. Gotvald provided very good care. Every procedure was explained thoroughly. The staff was very attentive and waiting time was minimal. Financials were explained before each procedure was scheduled.
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Astrid Slaughte in ROUND ROCK, TX – Jul 26, 2018
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JOYCE in AUSTIN, TX – Jun 26, 2018
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Everyone was professional and treated me well, from the front desk to the operating room. I would send all to them who needs vein work.
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