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K. Craig Kent, MD

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600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-7375

K. Craig Kent, MD

A.R. Curreri Professor of Surgery
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery


  • MD, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1981
  • Surgical Residency, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 1982-1986
  • Research Fellow in Vascular Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, 1986-1987
  • Vascular Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA, 1987-1988
  • Endovascular Fellow, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2000

Professional Activities

Dr. Kent has authored or co-authored more than 300 manuscripts and book chapters that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks on vascular disease. He has held leadership positions in a number of prestigious professional societies, including president of the Society for Vascular Surgery from 2006-2007 and is currently a director in the American Board of Surgery, secretary and treasurer of the Society of Surgical Chairs and Chair, NIH : NHLBI Bioengineering, Techology and Surgical Sciences Study Section. He is regularly invited to speak at local, national, and international scientific meetings on a wide variety of vascular surgery topics. Dr. Kent is a dedicated teacher, devoted to training future vascular surgeons, as well as retraining vascular surgeons in modern minimally invasive catheter techniques.

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Kent is nationally recognized for his experience and leadership in the field of vascular surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in all aspects of vascular surgery, including treatment of aortic aneurysms, carotid disease, thoracic outlet syndrome and lower extremity arterial disease. His practice includes endovascular procedures, as well as other minimally invasive techniques.

Research Interests

Dr. Kent’s NIH-funded research program focuses on the investigation of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying vascular disease with the goal of identifying new therapeutic targets for the treatment of vascular diseases. He has a longstanding history as an investigator on industry sponsored clinical trials. As a past recipient of the E.J. Wylie Traveling Fellowship, a prestigious award from the Society for Vascular Surgery, he has been recognized for his academic excellence in clinical and basic science research.

Dr. Kent's Lab


Recent Publications
  • Improving data quality and preserving HCD-generated reporter ions with EThcD for isobaric tag-based quantitative proteomics and proteome-wide PTM studies.
    Yu Q, Shi X, Feng Y, Kent KC, Li L
    Anal. Chim. Acta 2017 May 22; 968():40-49.
    [PubMed ID: 28395773]
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  • Targeting the most important complications in vascular surgery.
    Bennett KM, Kent KC, Schumacher J, Greenberg CC, Scarborough JE
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2017 Mar; 65(3):793-803.
    [PubMed ID: 28236921]
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  • Feasibility of Implementing a Patient-Centered Postoperative Wound Monitoring Program Using Smartphone Images: A Pilot Protocol.
    Fernandes-Taylor S, Gunter RL, Bennett KM, Awoyinka L, Rahman S, Greenberg CC, Kent KC
    JMIR Res Protoc 2017 Feb 22; 6(2):e26.
    [PubMed ID: 28228369, PMC ID: 5343214]
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  • Associations of Specific Postoperative Complications With Outcomes After Elective Colon Resection: A Procedure-Targeted Approach Toward Surgical Quality Improvement.
    Scarborough JE, Schumacher J, Kent KC, Heise CP, Greenberg CC
    JAMA Surg 2017 Feb 15; 152(2):e164681.
    [PubMed ID: 27926773]
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  • Inhibition of Receptor-Interacting Protein Kinase 1 with Necrostatin-1s ameliorates disease progression in elastase-induced mouse abdominal aortic aneurysm model.
    Wang Q, Zhou T, Liu Z, Ren J, Phan N, Gupta K, Stewart DM, Morgan S, Assa C, Kent KC, Liu B
    Sci Rep 2017 Feb 10; 7():42159.
    [PubMed ID: 28186202, PMC ID: 5301478]
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  • Restenosis Inhibition and Re-differentiation of TGFβ/Smad3-activated Smooth Muscle Cells by Resveratrol.
    Zhu Y, Takayama T, Wang B, Kent A, Zhang M, Binder BY, Urabe G, Shi Y, DiRenzo D, Goel SA, Zhou Y, Little C, Roenneburg DA, Shi XD, Li L, Murphy WL, Kent KC, Ke J, Guo LW
    Sci Rep 2017 Feb 06; 7():41916.
    [PubMed ID: 28165488, PMC ID: 5292946]
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  • Endovascular Versus Open Revascularization for Peripheral Arterial Disease.
    Wiseman JT, Fernandes-Taylor S, Saha S, Havlena J, Rathouz PJ, Smith MA, Kent KC
    Ann. Surg. 2017 Feb; 265(2):424-430.
    [PubMed ID: 28059972]
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  • Evaluating Patient Usability of an Image-Based Mobile Health Platform for Postoperative Wound Monitoring.
    Gunter R, Fernandes-Taylor S, Mahnke A, Awoyinka L, Schroeder C, Wiseman J, Sullivan S, Bennett K, Greenberg C, Kent KC
    JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2016 Sep 28; 4(3):e113.
    [PubMed ID: 27683059, PMC ID: 5062001]
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  • Hands-on Training in the Operating Room as a Method of Continuing Education for Surgeons in Practice.
    DiMusto PD, Chen H, Kent KC
    JAMA Surg 2016 Sep 01; 151(9):869-70.
    [PubMed ID: 27462836]
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  • Evaluation and Application of Dimethylated Amino Acids as Isobaric Tags for Quantitative Proteomics of the TGF-β/Smad3 Signaling Pathway.
    Yu Q, Shi X, Greer T, Lietz CB, Kent KC, Li L
    J. Proteome Res. 2016 Sep 02; 15(9):3420-31.
    [PubMed ID: 27457343, PMC ID: 5384854]
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