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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
  • Periadventitial drug delivery for the prevention of intimal hyperplasia following open surgery.
    Chaudhary MA, Guo LW, Shi X, Chen G, Gong S, Liu B, Kent KC
    J Control Release 2016 May 11.
    [PubMed ID: 27179635]
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  • Key Tenets of Effective Surgery Leadership: Perspectives From the Society of Surgical Chairs Mentorship Sessions.
    Rosengart TK, Kent KC, Bland KI, Britt LD, Eberlein TJ, Gewertz BL, Hunter JG, Lillemoe KD, Pellegrini CA, Schulick RD, Stain SC, Weigel RJ
    JAMA Surg 2016 Apr 20.
    [PubMed ID: 27096328]
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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. 2016 Feb 22.
    [PubMed ID: 26910203]
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  • A crosstalk between TGF-β/Smad3 and Wnt/β-catenin pathways promotes vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation.
    DiRenzo DM, Chaudhary MA, Shi X, Franco SR, Zent J, Wang K, Guo LW, Kent KC
    Cell. Signal. 2016 May; 28(5):498-505.
    [PubMed ID: 26912210, PMC ID: 4788971]
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  • Current Use of Telemedicine for Post-Discharge Surgical Care: A Systematic Review.
    Gunter RL, Chouinard S, Fernandes-Taylor S, Wiseman JT, Clarkson S, Bennett K, Greenberg CC, Kent KC
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2016 May; 222(5):915-27.
    [PubMed ID: 27016900]
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  • 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, PMC ID: 4702070]
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  • BET Bromodomain Blockade Mitigates Intimal Hyperplasia in Rat Carotid Arteries.
    Wang B, Zhang M, Takayama T, Shi X, Roenneburg DA, Kent KC, Guo LW
    EBioMedicine 2015 Nov; 2(11):1650-61.
    [PubMed ID: 26870791, PMC ID: 4740308]
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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, PMC ID: 4824195]
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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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