Kent Named Chair of Department of Surgery
MADISON - Dr. K. Craig Kent, the Greenberg-Starr Professor of Vascular Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and professor of surgery at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, has been named as chair of surgery at UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
Kent is no stranger to administrative and academic leadership. He directed the merger of two major academic vascular surgery programs when New York's Presbyterian Hospital merged the divisions of vascular surgery at Weill Medical College and Columbia University Medical Center in 2001.
"We're extremely fortunate to be able to turn the stewardship of one of our most important departments to a clinician, academician, and administrator of Dr. Kent's caliber," said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. "His outstanding leadership qualities, coupled with his experience and dedication, will serve the ongoing advancement of both the Department of Surgery and the School of Medicine and Public Health."
Kent succeeds Dr. Layton "Bing" Rikkers, who will retire later this year after chairing the department for the last 12 years.
A nationally renowned clinician and educator, Kent holds an MD degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed his surgical internship and residency. He also completed a research fellowship and a vascular surgery fellowship at Harvard Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Kent currently directs one of the largest academic vascular divisions in the country. He is the past president of the national Society for Vascular Surgery. For the past 15 years, he has directed a National Institutes of Health-funded basic science lab that is exploring the mechanisms of failure for bypass grafts and angioplasty following vascular intervention., and is involved in multiple research grants and ongoing clinical trials regarding the use of stents and grafts to treat serious cardiovascular disease.
He has published more than 250 manuscripts and chapters on vascular disease, and has served as editor of four different medical journals and on the editorial boards of six others.
Date Published: 06/16/2008