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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
(608) 263-8915 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

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 2015

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013


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
Takei Y Tanaka T Kent KC Yamanouchi D . Osteoclastogenic Differentiation of Macrophages in the Development of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2016 Sep;36(9):1962-71
[PubMed ID: 27386936]
Yu Q Shi X Greer T Lietz CB Kent KC Li L . Evaluation and Application of Dimethylated Amino Acids as Isobaric Tags for Quantitative Proteomics of the TGF-β/Smad3 Signaling Pathway. J Proteome Res. 2016 Aug 10;
[PubMed ID: 27457343]
Rosengart TK Kent KC Bland KI Britt LD Eberlein TJ Gewertz BL Hunter JG Lillemoe KD Pellegrini CA Schulick RD Stain SC Weigel RJ . Key Tenets of Effective Surgery Leadership: Perspectives From the Society of Surgical Chairs Mentorship Sessions. JAMA Surg. 2016 Aug 1;151(8):768-70
[PubMed ID: 27096328]
DiMusto PD Chen H Kent KC . Hands-on Training in the Operating Room as a Method of Continuing Education for Surgeons in Practice. JAMA Surg. 2016 Jul 27;
[PubMed ID: 27462836]
Chaudhary MA Guo LW Shi X Chen G Gong S Liu B Kent KC . Periadventitial drug delivery for the prevention of intimal hyperplasia following open surgery. J Control Release. 2016 Jul 10;233:174-80
[PubMed ID: 27179635]
Wiseman JT Fernandes-Taylor S Gunter R Barnes ML Saunders RS Rathouz PJ Yamanouchi D Kent KC . Inter-rater agreement and checklist validation for postoperative wound assessment using smartphone images in vascular surgery. J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2016 Jul;4(3):320-328.e2
[PubMed ID: 27318052]
Shi X Guo LW Seedial S Takayama T Wang B Zhang M Franco SR Si Y Chaudhary MA Liu B Kent KC . Local CXCR4 Upregulation in the Injured Arterial Wall Contributes to Intimal Hyperplasia. Stem Cells. 2016 Jun 24;
[PubMed ID: 27340942]
DiRenzo DM Chaudhary MA Shi X Franco SR Zent J Wang K Guo LW Kent KC . A crosstalk between TGF-β/Smad3 and Wnt/β-catenin pathways promotes vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation. Cell Signal. 2016 May;28(5):498-505
[PubMed ID: 26912210]
Gunter RL Chouinard S Fernandes-Taylor S Wiseman JT Clarkson S Bennett K Greenberg CC Kent KC . Current Use of Telemedicine for Post-Discharge Surgical Care: A Systematic Review. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 May;222(5):915-27
[PubMed ID: 27016900]
Wiseman JT Fernandes-Taylor S Saha S Havlena J Rathouz PJ Smith MA Kent KC . Endovascular Versus Open Revascularization for Peripheral Arterial Disease. Ann Surg. 2016 Feb 22;
[PubMed ID: 26910203]
Ren J Liu Z Wang Q Giles J Greenberg J Sheibani N Kent KC Liu B . Andrographolide Ameliorates Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Progression by Inhibiting Inflammatory Cell Infiltration through Downregulation of Cytokine and Integrin Expression. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2016 Jan;356(1):137-47
[PubMed ID: 26483397]
Wang B Zhang M Takayama T Shi X Roenneburg DA Kent KC Guo LW . BET Bromodomain Blockade Mitigates Intimal Hyperplasia in Rat Carotid Arteries. EBioMedicine. 2015 Nov;2(11):1650-61
[PubMed ID: 26870791]
Wiseman JT Fernandes-Taylor S Barnes ML Saunders RS Saha S Havlena J Rathouz PJ Kent KC . Predictors of surgical site infection after hospital discharge in patients undergoing major vascular surgery. J Vasc Surg. 2015 Oct;62(4):1023-1031.e5
[PubMed ID: 26143662]
Wiseman JT Fernandes-Taylor S Barnes ML Tomsejova A Saunders RS Kent KC . Conceptualizing smartphone use in outpatient wound assessment: patients' and caregivers' willingness to use technology. J Surg Res. 2015 Sep;198(1):245-51
[PubMed ID: 26025626]
Gupta PK Sundaram A Kent KC . Morbidity and mortality after use of iliac conduits for endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. J Vasc Surg. 2015 Jul;62(1):22-6
[PubMed ID: 25935276]
Tevis SE Weber SM Kent KC Kennedy GD . Nomogram to Predict Postoperative Readmission in Patients Who Undergo General Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2015 Jun;150(6):505-10
[PubMed ID: 25902340]
Kent KC Foley EF Golden RN . Rural Surgery--A Crisis in Wisconsin. WMJ. 2015 Apr;114(2):81-2
[PubMed ID: 26756061]
Tevis SE Kennedy GD Kent KC . Is There a Relationship Between Patient Satisfaction and Favorable Surgical Outcomes? Adv Surg. 2015;49:221-33
[PubMed ID: 26299501]
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]