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K. Craig Kent, MD

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(608) 265-8854

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.

Dr. Kent provides a wide range of services including Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair - Endovascular, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair - Open, Amputation, Angioplasty With Stent Placement, Carotid Endartecotomy, Carotid Stenting, Extended Efforts in Limb Salvage, Peripheral Artery Bypass, Thoracic Aortic Aneursym - Endovascular, Thoracic Aortic Aneursym - Open, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment.

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

Wisconsin Vascular and Endovascular Research Network (WiVERN)


Recent Publications
  • Andrographolide Ameliorates Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Progression by Inhibiting Inflammatory Cell Infiltration through Downregulation of Cytokine and Integrin Expression.
    Ren J, Liu Z, Wang Q, Giles J, Greenberg J, Sheibani N, Kent KC, Liu B
    J. Pharmacol. Exp. Ther. 2016 Jan; 356(1):137-47.
    [PubMed ID: 26483397]
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  • Predictors of surgical site infection after hospital discharge in patients undergoing major vascular surgery.
    Wiseman JT, Fernandes-Taylor S, Barnes ML, Saunders RS, Saha S, Havlena J, Rathouz PJ, Kent KC
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2015 Oct; 62(4):1023-1031.e5.
    [PubMed ID: 26143662, PMC ID: 4586313]
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  • Nomogram to Predict Postoperative Readmission in Patients Who Undergo General Surgery.
    Tevis SE, Weber SM, Kent KC, Kennedy GD
    JAMA Surg 2015 Jun; 150(6):505-10.
    [PubMed ID: 25902340]
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  • Conceptualizing smartphone use in outpatient wound assessment: patients' and caregivers' willingness to use technology.
    Wiseman JT, Fernandes-Taylor S, Barnes ML, Tomsejova A, Saunders RS, Kent KC
    J. Surg. Res. 2015 Sep; 198(1):245-51.
    [PubMed ID: 26025626, PMC ID: 4530044]
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  • Morbidity and mortality after use of iliac conduits for endovascular aortic aneurysm repair.
    Gupta PK, Sundaram A, Kent KC
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2015 Jul; 62(1):22-6.
    [PubMed ID: 25935276]
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  • Rural Surgery--A Crisis in Wisconsin.
    Kent KC, Foley EF, Golden RN
    WMJ 2015 Apr; 114(2):81-2.
    [PubMed ID: 26756061]
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  • Is There a Relationship Between Patient Satisfaction and Favorable Surgical Outcomes?
    Tevis SE, Kennedy GD, Kent KC
    Adv Surg 2015; 49():221-33.
    [PubMed ID: 26299501, PMC ID: 4548286]
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  • Clinical practice. Abdominal aortic aneurysms.
    Kent KC
    N. Engl. J. Med. 2014 Nov 27; 371(22):2101-8.
    [PubMed ID: 25427112]
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  • Drug-eluting balloon versus standard balloon angioplasty for infrapopliteal arterial revascularization in critical limb ischemia: 12-month results from the IN.PACT DEEP randomized trial.
    Zeller T, Baumgartner I, Scheinert D, Brodmann M, Bosiers M, Micari A, Peeters P, Vermassen F, Landini M, Snead DB, Kent KC, Rocha-Singh KJ, IN.PACT DEEP Trial Investigators
    J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 2014 Oct 14; 64(15):1568-76.
    [PubMed ID: 25301459]
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  • Is there a relationship between patient satisfaction and favorable outcomes?
    Kennedy GD, Tevis SE, Kent KC
    Ann. Surg. 2014 Oct; 260(4):592-8; discussion 598-600.
    [PubMed ID: 25203875, PMC ID: 4159721]
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