Joel Gotvald, MD, FACS, RPVI
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About Dr. Gotvald, M.D. | Voted Top Vein Surgeon In Texas

About Dr. Gotvald M.D. – Vein Surgeon, Board-Certified

Dr. Gotvald Vein Surgeon Board Certified
Dr. Gotvald MD is a board-certified vascular surgeon / vein surgeon who has dedicated his entire medical practice to treating vascular & vein diseases.  One of his main areas of focus is the treatment of leg vein diseases, including varicose vein disease and spider vein disease.  He has a particular interest in cosmetic vein treatments, although he treats all the different forms of vein diseases including blood clots.  He treats venous disease located throughout the body,  although vein disease most commonly involves the legs.  He has been focused on the management of vein diseases throughout his entire career.  He first became interested in vein diseases while studying gross anatomy in medical school.  While doing his surgery residency in Houston he was inspired by the work of world-renowned surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey and thus decided to become a vascular surgeon himself.

Dr. Gotvald’s Vein Surgery Training Process

Dr. Gotvald performed a dedicated residency training program in surgery in Houston for 5 consecutive years, where he developed the needed skills to become a dedicated vascular and vein surgeon.  He then obtained sub-specialty training at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where he spend his entire fellowship focused on the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases.  This vascular surgery fellowship program included intensive focused procedure training on the latest vascular & endovascular therapies for arterial and venous diseases, including the use of lasers, ultrasound waves, catheters, and radiofrequency energy to treat vein conditions.  He refined his skills through a full 11 years of formal university medical and surgical training prior to opening his practice.  Dr. Gotvald has 3 active medical and surgical board-certifications.  He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery.  He is board-certified by the Vascular Board of the American Board of Surgery in Vascular Surgery,  the highest level of vein credentialing available.  He is also board-certified in Phlebology (vein disease management) and Lymphatic Disease management through the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM).

Dr. Gotvald’s Medical Certifications

Dr. Gotvald has the highest levels of training & certification possible as a Vein Specialist and Vein Surgeon:

1) Board-certified by the Vascular Board of the American Board of Surgery as a VASCULAR SURGEON .  He completed a formal fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center and Baylor Heart & Vascular Hospital in 2005 & 2006.

2) Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) as a General Surgeon.  He completed a formal 5 year residency in General and Vascular Surgery in Houston.

3) Board-certified in Phlebology & Lymphatic Diseases by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM).

4) National Certification as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) – the highest honorary for surgeons in the USA.

5) National Certification as a Registered Physician In Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) by the ARDMS.

Dr. Gotvald’s Hospital Affiliations

Dr. Gotvald maintains active hospital privileges at the majority of the hospitals in Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, Texas.  He continues to actively see vascular consultations at the St. David’s and Seton Hospitals throughout the city.  In addition, he serves the local medical community by taking emergency room call and managing vascular and vein emergencies at the local hospitals every month.  Dr. Gotvald currently has active hospital privileges at all of the St. David’s and Seton Hospitals in Austin, Heart Hospital of Austin, Brackenridge Hospital, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, and Westlake Medical Center. The following is a comprehensive list of where Dr. Gotvald has active staff privilges:

St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center

St. David’s Medical Center

St. David’s South Austin Medical Center

Heart Hospital of Austin

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin

Ascension Seton Northwest Hospital

Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson County (Round Rock,TX)

Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center

The Hospital @ Westlake Medical Center

Arise Austin Medical Center

North Austin Surgery Center at St. David’s

Oakwood Surgery Center at St. David’s

Cedar Park Surgery Center

Dr. Gotvald’s Medical Society Memberships

Dr. Gotvald has been elected to the following medical & surgical societies due to his dedication to the treatment of vascular & vein diseases:

1) Member of American College of Surgeons

2) Distinguished member of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS)

3) Diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine

4) Member of American Registry of Diagnostic Sonographers (ARDMS Ultraound)

5) Member of Texas Medical Association

6) Member of Travis County Medical Society

7) American Board of Surgery

8) American Academy of Peripheral Vascular Disease

Dr. Gotvald’s Move to Texas

Dr. Gotvald moved to Texas in 1996 to pursue his medical career.  He spent his first 5 years in Texas in Houston, at the UT Houston Medical Center complex.  This included five years of surgery training at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Hospital, and St. Joseph Hospital (now acquired by Methodist Hospital).  He then went onto do a dedicated vein fellowship program, known as a vascular surgery fellowship, at Baylor University Medical Center and the Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital.  There he refined his vascular and endovascular skills and became a board-certified vein surgeon.  He went on to open an independent vein and vascular treatment practice in 2006. He has been repeatedly voted a top doctor by both Texas Monthly and Austin Monthly magazines, including in 2018 & 2019.  He has even been featured in the exclusive “Ask Super Doctors” articles of the Texas Monthly Top Doctors issues.

Decorated Surgeon of the United States Air Force, Distinguished Officer

Dr. Gotvald is a retired Major of the Air Force Medical Corps.  He has a distinguished record of 13 years of military service, having served as a Surgeon and an Officer in the USAF.  Dr. Gotvald has war-time medical service as a general surgeon / trauma surgeon and also performed vascular surgery while in the military.   Joel Gotvald, MD  has been awarded the national defense service medal, the global war on terrorism medal, and the meritorious service medal for war-time medical service.  He received a honorable discharge after completing his active duty and reserve duty as a surgeon.

Professional Awards

Dr. Gotvald has repeatedly been voted “Top Vein Doctor in Texas”  and “Best Vein Doctor in Austin” by both Texas Monthly magazine and Austin Monthly magazine.  He received these awards as recently as 2018 and 2019.  These awards are determined by a peer-nominated process as well as patient satisfaction scores.  He is a distinguished member of the Society of Vascular Surgery and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.

Outside of Work

Dr. Gotvald is married to Pear Gotvald and he has 2 children who live in Austin.  He has 3 brothers who reside in Nashville, TN,  Seattle, WA, and Huntsville, AL.  Dr. Gotvald enjoys spending time with family as well as travel, fitness, and being outdoors.


If you or someone you know is suffering from vein disease of the legs, please contact Dr. Gotvald for a consultation at (512) 339-9100.

Contact us at one of our Vein Center locations in Austin or Round Rock / Cedar Park Texas to schedule your physician consultation with our board-certified Vein Specialist:

Austin Vein Specialists
12319 N. Mopac Expwy, Suite 250
Austin, TX 78758

Round Rock Vein Specialists
(512) 994-9108
170 Deep Wood Dr #102
Round Rock, TX 78681


Last updated on July 23rd, 2019 at 12:14 pm

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