Dr. Mills is a clinical associate professor with teaching responsibilities in the Postdoctoral Division of the Department of Periodontics. Prior to joining the faculty at UT Health San Antonio in 2000, he served as the chairman and program director of the U.S. Air Force Periodontics Residency. He also held appointments as the Chief Consultant in Periodontics to the U.S.Air Force Surgeon General and Special Consultant to the U.S. Air Force Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services. Dr. Mills received his dental degree from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1970 followed by a one year General Practice Residency at Eglin U.S. Air Force Regional Hospital in Florida. From 1977 to 1980, he received his specialty training at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and completed requirements for the master of science degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.
Dr. Mills is a former director and chairman of the American Board of Periodontology and currently serves as an examiner for that same organization. He also is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, American Board of Periodontology, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Southwest Society of Periodontists and San Antonio District Dental Society. He has authored or co-authored 24 scientific articles and abstracts and two textbook chapters on the Principles and Practice of Periodontal Surgery and Osseous Surgery: The Resective Approach. In addition, he co-authored a chapter "Wound Healing Around Dental Implants" in Oral Wound Healing: Cell Biology and Clinical Management. He also served as a reviewer for the 1996 World Workshop in Periodontics and as a section participant in the 2003 Contemporary Science Workshop. His expertise and interests cover a wide range of clinical periodontics and dental implantology with particular interest in osseous surgery and anatomy.