Joseph M. Caruso, MD

Board Certified Vascular Surgery

Exclusively vascular, Dr. Caruso routinely performs the full complement of vascular operations for venous disease including revascularization procedures of the lower extremities, repairing aneurysms using traditional and minimally invasive techniques, and treatment of carotid artery disease. He is particularly known for his aggressive limb salvage and advanced surgical techniques. From early detection and prevention to wound care and surgery, Dr. Caruso offers his patients Complete Vascular Care in a single provider.

Dr. Caruso was born and raised on Long Island, New York. His parents, Italian immigrants, still maintain a family owned and operated restaurant they opened when they moved to the States in 1968. Dr. Caruso’s strong commitment to family and care for his patients comes from his many years in the family business.

Dr. Caruso completed an internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Newark. He then continued his training one additional year as a research fellow under the guidance of Edwin A. Deitch, MD, chair of surgery, where he won an award for his clinical research by the American College of Surgeons Trauma Committee. During Dr. Caruso’s two yearlong fellowships he learned the most advanced minimally invasive and open vascular surgical techniques and authored several papers on the effects of trauma induced hemorrhagic shock.

Before moving to Texas, Dr. Caruso spent four years in private practice working at one of the top hospitals in New York—Hackensack University Medical Center. His experience there is where Dr. Caruso shaped his vision for his practice in Texas, one that offers a comprehensive approach to vascular care with the goal of achieving the best outcome possible.

It is important to have a physician who knows and understands both the traditional treatment by open surgery as well as experience with the most up to date minimally invasive techniques. In some cases, exercise and proper management of risk factors can be enough to make a difference. The key is to have the knowledge to know which surgical option is better, having the training to do both, and the skill to deliver the best result for the patient. – Dr. Caruso

In his spare time, Dr. Caruso enjoys time at home with his family and riding his bike at one of the local race tracks (that’s him on the right.) Ask him how he likes Texas. “I’m sorry I didn’t get here sooner. I’m never going back!”

 

Lisa Brown

Office Manager
New Patient Coordinator

Behind every great doctor is his amazing staff. From coordinating new patients, promptly scheduling procedures and surgeries and overseeing billing, to keeping up with all aspects of managing a surgeon’s schedule and running an efficient office, Lisa is the backbone to our success.   She has over 14 year of experience in vascular medicine. Early in her career, Lisa started as a clinical coordinator and quickly advanced into leadership where she was responsible for coordinating new patients, scheduling new surgeries, and billing for both. Today she is the office manager and “go to” queen for just about any question you may have about our practice.

Since 2007, Lisa has enjoyed working with Dr. Caruso and even followed him to Texas when he decided to move his practice from New Jersey in 2010.

I enjoy working for Dr. Caruso. He is a great doctor and the best vascular surgeon. He takes his time with his patients, answers every question, has remarkable clinical outcomes and always does what is in the best interest of the patient. His patients love him!

Lisa and her husband love Texas! From her passion for all types of animals to her love for biking and hiking around the many local parks and lakes, Lisa is happy to now call Texas home.

 

Amanda Combs, RDMS, RVT

Director of Vascular Lab

Amanda is registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and has over fifteen years experience.  She is the director of the vascular lab and specializes in level III vascular ultrasound.  Amanda is on the advisory board for the ultrasonography programs for both El Centro and Weatherford College.  In addition, she is an item writer for the ARDMS board exams and teaches other ultrasonography students.  Since 2011, Amanda has worked with Dr. Caruso and he will tell you she is the best at what she does.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family especially her three kids Seth, Kayleigh and Ethan.