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Chairman, Department of Surgery
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. K. Craig 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. He joins UW Health with over 20 years of vascular surgery experience, and a past appointment as Chief of the Combined Columbia and Cornell Division of Vascular Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital.


Vascular Surgery

UW Health Clinics

West Clinic
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Vascular Surgery

Research Fellow in Vascular Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1986-1987

Vascular, Brigham and Women's Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1987-1988

Endovascular, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2000

Residency University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Internship University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Medical School University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1981


Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Best Doctors® in America 2011

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Arm Angioplasty
  • Balloon Angioplasty
  • Balloon Angioplasty of Leg and Kidney Arteries
  • Carotid Artery Surgery
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm
  • First Rib Surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Limb Salvage Surgery
  • Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Peripheral Bypass Surgery
  • Popliteal Entrapment Surgery
  • Visceral Angioplasty

Dr. Kent’s research program focuses on 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 of Vascular Surgery, he has been recognized for his academic excellence in clinical and basic science research.

PubMed Articles
Gupta PK Ramanan B Engelbert TL Tefera G Hoch JR Kent KC . A comparison of open surgery versus endovascular repair of unstable ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Dec;60(6):1439-45
[PubMed ID: 25103257]
Kent KC . Clinical practice. Abdominal aortic aneurysms. N Engl J Med. 2014 Nov 27;371(22):2101-8
[PubMed ID: 25427112]
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 . 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. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Oct 14;64(15):1568-76
[PubMed ID: 25301459]
Yu X Takayama T Goel SA Shi X Zhou Y Kent KC Murphy WL Guo LW . A rapamycin-releasing perivascular polymeric sheath produces highly effective inhibition of intimal hyperplasia. J Control Release. 2014 Oct 10;191:47-53
[PubMed ID: 24852098]
Kennedy GD Tevis SE Kent KC . Is there a relationship between patient satisfaction and favorable outcomes? Ann Surg. 2014 Oct;260(4):592-8; discussion 598-600
[PubMed ID: 25203875]
Saunders RS Fernandes-Taylor S Rathouz PJ Saha S Wiseman JT Havlena J Matsumura J Kent KC . Outpatient follow-up versus 30-day readmission among general and vascular surgery patients: a case for redesigning transitional care. Surgery. 2014 Oct;156(4):949-56
[PubMed ID: 25239351]
Wiseman JT Guzman AM Fernandes-Taylor S Engelbert TL Saunders RS Kent KC . General and vascular surgery readmissions: a systematic review. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Sep;219(3):552-69.e2
[PubMed ID: 25067801]
Guo LW Wang B Goel SA Little C Takayama T Shi XD Roenneburg D DiRenzo D Kent KC . Halofuginone stimulates adaptive remodeling and preserves re-endothelialization in balloon-injured rat carotid arteries. Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2014 Aug;7(4):594-601
[PubMed ID: 25074254]
Shi X Guo LW Seedial SM Si Y Wang B Takayama T Suwanabol PA Ghosh S DiRenzo D Liu B Kent KC . TGF-β/Smad3 inhibit vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis through an autocrine signaling mechanism involving VEGF-A. Cell Death Dis. 2014 Jul 10;5:e1317
[PubMed ID: 25010983]
Saunders RS Fernandes-Taylor S Kind AJ Engelbert TL Greenberg CC Smith MA Matsumura JS Kent KC . Rehospitalization to primary versus different facilities following abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Jun;59(6):1502-10, 1510.e1-2
[PubMed ID: 24491237]
Engelbert TL Fernandes-Taylor S Gupta PK Kent KC Matsumura J . Clinical characteristics associated with readmission among patients undergoing vascular surgery. J Vasc Surg. 2014 May;59(5):1349-55
[PubMed ID: 24368042]
Ren J Wang Q Morgan S Si Y Ravichander A Dou C Kent KC Liu B . Protein kinase C-δ (PKCδ) regulates proinflammatory chemokine expression through cytosolic interaction with the NF-κB subunit p65 in vascular smooth muscle cells. J Biol Chem. 2014 Mar 28;289(13):9013-26
[PubMed ID: 24519937]
Gupta PK Fernandes-Taylor S Ramanan B Engelbert TL Kent KC . Unplanned readmissions after vascular surgery. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Feb;59(2):473-82
[PubMed ID: 24239519]
Soma G Greenblatt DY Nelson MT Rajamanickam V Havlena J Fernandes-Taylor S Greenberg CC Kent KC . Early graft failure after infrainguinal arterial bypass. Surgery. 2014 Feb;155(2):300-10
[PubMed ID: 24269142]
Decker MR Dodgion CM Kwok AC Hu YY Havlena JA Jiang W Lipsitz SR Kent KC Greenberg CC . Specialization and the current practices of general surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Jan;218(1):8-15
[PubMed ID: 24210145]
Gallo EM Loch DC Habashi JP Calderon JF Chen Y Bedja D van Erp C Gerber EE Parker SJ Sauls K Judge DP Cooke SK Lindsay ME Rouf R Myers L ap Rhys CM Kent KC Norris RA Huso DL Dietz HC . Angiotensin II-dependent TGF-β signaling contributes to Loeys-Dietz syndrome vascular pathogenesis. J Clin Invest. 2014 Jan;124(1):448-60
[PubMed ID: 24355923]
Shi X DiRenzo D Guo LW Franco SR Wang B Seedial S Kent KC . TGF-β/Smad3 stimulates stem cell/developmental gene expression and vascular smooth muscle cell de-differentiation. PLoS One. 2014;9(4):e93995
[PubMed ID: 24718260]
Goel SA Guo LW Wang B Guo S Roenneburg D Ananiev GE Hoffmann FM Kent KC . High-throughput screening identifies idarubicin as a preferential inhibitor of smooth muscle versus endothelial cell proliferation. PLoS One. 2014;9(2):e89349
[PubMed ID: 24586708]
Shi X Chen G Guo LW Si Y Zhu M Pilla S Liu B Gong S Kent KC . Periadventitial application of rapamycin-loaded nanoparticles produces sustained inhibition of vascular restenosis. PLoS One. 2014;9(2):e89227
[PubMed ID: 24586612]
Decker MR Bronson NW Greenberg CC Dolan JP Kent KC Hunter JG . The general surgery job market: analysis of current demand for general surgeons and their specialized skills. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Dec;217(6):1133-9
[PubMed ID: 24246624]