It is both an honor and a great privilege to assume a leadership position in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine. We plan to expand training programs in vascular surgery to include a newer paradigm, taking medical students directly from medical school, the so-called integrated pathway, as well as continue to train traditional pathway residents with us after they have completed general surgical training. Plans for the division are to develop a comprehensive peripheral arterial disease program with a heavy focus on limb salvage in patients with diabetic foot complications and integrate this program throughout the greater Houston area and Baylor’s hospital affiliates, including Baylor St Luke’s Medical Center and Ben Taub Hospital.
Dr. Mills earned his M.D. degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his surgical internship and residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. He trained in vascular surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon, and completed a senior fellowship in Endovascular Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center before ultimately joining the University of Arizona, where he rose to the rank of professor of 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, and is widely regarded as an expert in peripheral vascular disease and limb salvage and as a renowned educator in vascular surgery training. He hopes to bring a great portion of this work and his prolific research team to Baylor.