Dr. Wills graduated with highest honors from the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, and went on to obtain his Medical Degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Wills served as his medical class President four consecutive years during his tenure at Southwestern.
He then completed a three-year surgical internship and residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and went on to complete his anesthesiology residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, a program widely recognized for its training in pain management and regional anesthesia. Dr. Wills served as Chief Resident during his final year at Virginia Mason. He began practicing pain management and anesthesiology in Austin in 1996, and in May 2002 founded Austin Pain Associates to focus his passion more directly on treating patients with chronic pain in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary medical practice.
Since 2002, Dr. Wills has served as the group’s President and has lead the company’s growth from its single original location to now ten locations spread out among Williamson, Travis and Hays county, complete with ten Physicians, multiple mid-level providers, a large behavioral health department, and several ancillary services.
In addition to his work at APA, Dr. Wills has been involved with several other related business ventures. He co-founded Arise Healthcare System, LLC in 2008 and is the sitting Board President and Chief Medical Officer. In 2010 he co-founded Medical Toxicology Laboratory Solutions, LLC and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Dr. Wills has received awards over the years for his excellence in the business of medicine and was most recently recognized by the Austin Business Journal as an Outstanding Physician Executive in the ambulatory surgery center industry.
Dr. Wills is very passionate about the Austin community. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Austin Foundation for the Homeless. He also sits on the Board of the Wonder and Worries Foundation, an organization that helps children cope when a parent faces a serious or life-threatening illness. Dr. Wills serves on the medical advisory Board for Alafair Biosciences, a startup company based in Austin, Texas that has developed along with The University of Texas at Austin, a hydrogel membrane that provides support during post-surgical critical wound healing. In 2014 Alafair was awarded an Emerging Technology Fund grant from the state of Texas.