1357 Hembree Road, Suite 240
Roswell, GA 30076


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Dr. Joseph J. Ricotta II MD, MS, FACS

CEO and Medical Director, Vascular Institute of Atlanta
Associate Professor of Surgery, GRU/UGA School of Medicine
Board Certified Vascular Surgery, General Surgery

Dr. Joseph Ricotta is a nationally and internationally renowned expert in the field of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. He brings years of valuable experience working at the nation’s leading institutions—such as Yale, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic—to his current role as the CEO and Medical Director of the Vascular Institute of Atlanta. In addition, Dr. Ricotta is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia (GRU/UGA) School of Medicine.

Prior to joining the Vascular Institute of Atlanta, Dr. Ricotta served as:

  • Chair of the Department of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Northside Hospital
  • Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Northside Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery at Emory University
  • Director of Clinical Research at Emory University
  • Director of Complex Aortic Surgery at Emory University
  • Associate Program Director of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Emory University
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Dr. Ricotta completed his undergraduate degree at Yale University and received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He went on to complete the Halsted General Surgery Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was a traveling scholar and Specialist Registrar in Vascular Surgery at Oxford University in England. He also completed a Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, followed by an Advanced Endovascular Surgery Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Ricotta has garnered national and international recognition as an innovative pioneer and thought-leader in vascular surgery. He was the first surgeon in the Southeast United States—and is one of a few in the world—to perform endovascular robotic surgery. He is the first surgeon in the United States with FDA IDE approval to create and implant custom modified endografts in high risk patients with complex aortic aneurysms, and was the first to perform peripheral drug coated balloon angioplasty in the state of Georgia. In addition, he is the first and only physician in Georgia to successfully perform the VenaSeal™ closure procedure, the newest treatment for varicose veins and venous insufficiency.

Along with providing the entire spectrum of state-of-the-art vascular and endovascular clinical services, Dr. Ricotta has also authored over 175 publications, been an investigator in over 60 clinical research trials, and delivered over 300 lectures both on the national and international stage.

He serves on the Editorial Board for several professional medical publications and is the Co-Founder and Meeting Chair of the International Aortic Summit. In addition, Dr. Ricotta is the Chair of the Incoming Fellows Program for the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, as well as the Chair of the Membership Committee for the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society. Throughout his esteemed career, he has served on multiple committees for the Society for Vascular Surgery and regularly serves as a consultant for a myriad of industrial corporations.

Dr. Ricotta has received numerous awards and has been repeatedly named a “Top Doctor” by both U.S. News and World Report and Atlanta Magazine, as well as one of “America’s Best Doctors” by Castle Connolly, who only gives this designation to the top 1% of doctors in the nation. He has also been chosen as a “Top Surgeon” in the United States on multiple occasions, as one of "America's Most Honored Professionals" given to the Top 1% in the United States, and has been named a distinguished fellow by the Society for Vascular Surgery.

With his abundant experience and reputation as one of the best vascular surgeons in the nation, Dr. Ricotta is also dedicated to the training and teaching of future physicians and vascular surgeons. Through his position as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the GRU/UGA School of Medicine, he is very active in the training of medical students, physician assistant students, surgical residents, and fellows. He also leads a variety of training workshops on new and innovative endovascular techniques for physicians and vascular surgeons from all over the world.


  • Cutting-Edge Minimally Invasive Endovascular Therapy
  • Endovascular Robotic Surgery
  • Aortic and Peripheral Aneurysms- Endovascular and Surgical Treatment
  • Carotid/Cerebrovascular Disease- Endovascular and Surgical Treatment
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)- Endovascular and Surgical Treatment
  • Venous Disease- Varicose Veins, Spider Veins, DVT (Blood Clots), Port Placement
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Wound Healing
  • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
  • Renal and Mesenteric Disease- Endovascular and Surgical Treatment
  • Arterial and Venous Thrombolysis, IVC filter placement and Retrieval
  • Dialysis Access Creation and Maintenance (AV Fistula and AV Graft, Dialysis catheters)


  • Undergraduate, Yale University
  • Medical School, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Internship & Residency, General Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Traveling Scholar/Specialist Registrar, General and Vascular Surgery, Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Fellowship, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship, Advanced Endovascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic
  • Board Certified, General Surgery
  • Board Certified, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery


  • America's Most Honored Professionals- 2016
  • America’s Best Doctors- 2015, 2016
  • U.S. News and World Report Top Doctor- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Top Surgeon in the United States, Castle Connolly Medical- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Top Surgeons in America, Consumers Research Council of America- 2011-2016
  • Atlanta Magazine Top Doctor- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Distinguished Fellow, Society of Vascular Surgery
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who In America- 2010-2016
  • Awarded Physician Sponsored Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) by the FDA to Study Surgeon-Modified Fenestrated and Branched Stent-Grafts in High Risk Patients with Complex Aortic Aneurysms- MO(dified)STE(nt)Gra(ft) Trial


  • Associate Editor: Annals of Vascular Surgery
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Surgery, Journal of Surgery; Surgery:Current Research; Endovascular Today; Vascular Medicine; Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  • Guest Editor: Perspectives In Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy


  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Venous Forum
  • American Medical Association
  • Atlanta Vascular Society
  • Georgia Vascular Society
  • International Aortic Summit: Founder and Chair, Program Committee, Organizing Committee, Scientific Committee
  • International Union of Angiology
  • International Society for Endovascular Specialists
  • International Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society
  • Medical Association of Atlanta
  • Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery: Chair, Incoming Fellows Program; Committee on Patient Advocacy
  • Society for Vascular Surgery
  • Southern Association for Vascular Surgery
  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (Formerly PVSS): Chair, Membership Committee

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Vascular Institute of Atlanta Performs First VenaSeal Procedure in Georgia


"I have experienced several procedures with Dr. Ricotta and his wonderful staff. I entered the first procedure in a very anxious state. Immediately, Dr. Ricotta put me at ease. The procedure went flawlessly and completely relieved my symptoms. I highly recommend Dr. Ricotta. He has a brilliant, yet nurturing attention to every detail attitude that turns a scary experience turn into a pleasant one."

J.K. of Acworth, GA

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