On May 18, 2017, Joseph L. Mills, Jr., M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, will deliver the 53rd Annual RJ White Lecture at the Fort Worth Surgical Society in Fort Worth, Texas. To address this year’s RJ White Lecture’s theme—The Current State of Vascular Surgery—Dr. Mills will give two talks entitled “The Age of the NCD: The Diabetic Foot Is the Canary in the Mine” and “The Evolution of Vascular Surgery as a Specialty: Will Open Surgery Become Extinct?”
“The Missions of the Fort Worth Surgical Society are the cultivation and improvement of the science and art of surgery and the maintenance of a collegial spirit among those who engage in surgical practice in Tarrant or nearby counties,” according to the organization’s website. The RJ White Lectureship was founded 53 years ago in honor of Dr. Richard Joe White’s singular achievements as a pediatric surgeon. Dr. White was the chairman of the surgery department at St. Joseph Hospital, retiring as emeritus-in-chief, and served as president of the Texas Surgical Society, and in 1947, he was the first surgeon to perform a successful repair of a congenital tracheoesophageal fistula in Texas. A gifted surgeon, scholar and philosopher, Dr. White’s scientific and literary accomplishments left a lasting imprint not only in Texas but throughout the Southern surgical community.
Dr. Mills is an internationally-recognized expert on peripheral vascular disease and limb salvage in diabetic patients. Dr. Mills was the lead author of the Society for Vascular Surgery Lower Extremity Threatened Limb Classification System, a risk stratification system based on wound, ischemia, and foot infection (WIfI), adopted in 2014. Among his great many honors, Dr. Mills 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, 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.
Dr. Mills has authored over 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.