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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)

  • Patient-Centered Postoperative Wound Surveillance Using Current Technology
    Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Principal Investigator(s): K. Craig Kent, MD
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  • Patient-Centered Postoperative Wound Surveillance Using Current Technology
    Funding Agency: NIH Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (1R21HS023395)
    Principal Investigator(s): K. Craig Kent, MD
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  • Screening for Selective Inhibitors of Restenosis
    Funding Agency: American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid
    Principal Investigator(s): K. Craig Kent, MD
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  • Vascular Surgery Research Training Program
    Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
    Principal Investigator(s): K. Craig Kent, MD
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Recent Publications
  • 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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  • Outpatient follow-up versus 30-day readmission among general and vascular surgery patients: a case for redesigning transitional care.
    Saunders RS, Fernandes-Taylor S, Rathouz PJ, Saha S, Wiseman JT, Havlena J, Matsumura J, Kent KC
    Surgery 2014 Oct; 156(4):949-56.
    [PubMed ID: 25239351, PMC ID: 4171683]
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  • A comparison of open surgery versus endovascular repair of unstable ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms.
    Gupta PK, Ramanan B, Engelbert TL, Tefera G, Hoch JR, Kent KC
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2014 Dec; 60(6):1439-45.
    [PubMed ID: 25103257]
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  • Halofuginone stimulates adaptive remodeling and preserves re-endothelialization in balloon-injured rat carotid arteries.
    Guo LW, Wang B, Goel SA, Little C, Takayama T, Shi XD, Roenneburg D, DiRenzo D, Kent KC
    Circ Cardiovasc Interv 2014 Aug; 7(4):594-601.
    [PubMed ID: 25074254, PMC ID: 4140988]
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  • TGF-β/Smad3 inhibit vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis through an autocrine signaling mechanism involving VEGF-A.
    Shi X, Guo LW, Seedial SM, Si Y, Wang B, Takayama T, Suwanabol PA, Ghosh S, DiRenzo D, Liu B, Kent KC
    Cell Death Dis 2014; 5():e1317.
    [PubMed ID: 25010983, PMC ID: 4123076]
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  • General and vascular surgery readmissions: a systematic review.
    Wiseman JT, Guzman AM, Fernandes-Taylor S, Engelbert TL, Saunders RS, Kent KC
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2014 Sep; 219(3):552-69.e2.
    [PubMed ID: 25067801, PMC ID: 4243160]
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  • A rapamycin-releasing perivascular polymeric sheath produces highly effective inhibition of intimal hyperplasia.
    Yu X, Takayama T, Goel SA, Shi X, Zhou Y, Kent KC, Murphy WL, Guo LW
    J Control Release 2014 Oct 10; 191():47-53.
    [PubMed ID: 24852098, PMC ID: 4156896]
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  • TGF-β/Smad3 stimulates stem cell/developmental gene expression and vascular smooth muscle cell de-differentiation.
    Shi X, DiRenzo D, Guo LW, Franco SR, Wang B, Seedial S, Kent KC
    PLoS ONE 2014; 9(4):e93995.
    [PubMed ID: 24718260, PMC ID: 3981734]
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