K. Craig Kent, MD, is internationally recognized for his leadership in academic medicine and the field of vascular surgery. He has served as the chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health for the past eight years and the A.R. Curreri Professor of Surgery. Prior to this, he was the Greenberg-Starr Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and chief of Vascular Services for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and both of its major medical centers – NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Kent received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed his surgical internship and residency. He was a research fellow in vascular surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and completed an endovascular fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Kent has been a funded investigator for more than 25 years. His lab investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying vascular disease with the goal of identifying new therapeutic targets. Dr. Kent holds multiple patents for novel therapeutic approaches to treat vascular diseases. His research interests include stem cell drug delivery, tissue engineering and outcomes research. He has received both federal and industry-sponsored research funding and is the principal investigator for a T-32 Research Training Grant and a T-35 Medical Student Research Training Grant. He was previously the chair of the Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Kent has authored or co-authored more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine, more than 90 published abstracts and more than 60 book chapters and reviews. He has been an invited speaker at many institutions throughout the world. He has also held many leadership positions including being on the executive council of the American Board of Surgery and past president of the Society of Surgical Chairs, and has served on editorial boards of multiple medical journals.