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 UTHSCSA in 2000, Colonel Mills completed a distinguished 30-year career in the Air Force. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Chairman and Program Director of the United States Air Force Periodontics Residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He also held appointments as the Chief Consultant in Periodontics to the USAF Surgeon General and Special Consultant to the USAF 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 USAF Regional Hospital in Florida. From 1977 to 1980, he received his specialty training at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas and completed requirements for the Master of Science degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston.
Dr. Mills is a Diplomate and former Chairman and Director of the American Board of Periodontology. He currently serves as the Periodontics Commissioner for the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). He is a 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 30 scientific articles and abstracts and textbook chapters on Osseous Surgery:The Resective Approach 1998, the Principles and Practice of Periodontal Surgery 2004 and Wound Healing Around Dental Implants 2012. He also served as a reviewer for the 1996 World Workshop in Periodontics authoring a section on Anxiety; as a section participant on Periodontal Regeneration in the 2003 Contemporary Science Workshop; and , as a section participant on Regeneration of Intrabony Defects in the AAP’s 2014 Workshop. His expertise and interests cover a wide range of clinical periodontics and dental implantology with particular interest in osseous surgery and anatomy. His interest in immunology began in 1977 and has persisted ever since. He has taught immunology to Periodontics Residents for the past 32 years emphasizing the changing concepts in the immunopathogenesis of periodontal disease.