K. Craig Kent

Dean, College of Medicine

K. Craig Kent

College of Medicine
Phone: 614-292-2600
Topics: surgery, academic medicine

Dr. Kent is internationally recognized for his leadership in academic medicine and the field of vascular surgery. 

He was recently elected vice chair of the American Board of Surgery for 2018-2019 — and will serve as chair in 2019-2020.

Before joining Ohio State in 2016, where he also holds the Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Dean’s Chair in Medicine, he served as the Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health for eight years as well as the A.R. Curreri Professor of Surgery.

Prior to this time, he was the Greenberg-Starr Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and Chief of Vascular Services for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and both of its major medical centers — NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He began his career as a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 1987 and rose to the ranks of associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Kent received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed his surgical internship and residency. He was a research fellow in vascular surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and completed an endovascular fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Kent has been a funded investigator for more than 25 years. His lab investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying vascular disease with the goal of identifying new therapeutic targets. Dr. Kent holds multiple patents for novel therapeutic approaches to treat vascular diseases. His research interests include stem cell drug delivery, tissue engineering and outcomes research. He has received both federal and industry-sponsored research funding and is the principal investigator for a T-32 Research Training Grant and a T-35 Medical Student Research Training Grant. He was previously the Chair of the Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences Study Section for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH.

He has also held many leadership positions, including serving on the executive council of the American Board of Surgery and as past president of the Society of Surgical Chairs.

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