K. Kent

K. Kent, MD

  • Vascular Surgery
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

About Me

As the dean of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, I am not currently accepting new patients. In my role, I focus on faculty retention, recruitment and engagement. I’m leading an unprecedented recruitment process that’s already underway and will continue through 2023—350 clinicians and 150 research scientists will join Ohio State to help fulfill the university’s goal of becoming one of the top 20 academic medical centers in the United States. We’re attracting the best and brightest to join the outstanding physicians and scientists who lead the nation in fields ranging from regenerative medicine and wound healing to heart failure and spinal cord injury. We want to rapidly advance Columbus and Ohio State as a hub for research, patient care and educational innovation.

My research interests include stem cell drug delivery, tissue engineering and outcomes research. As a funded investigator for over 25 years, I investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying vascular disease. My goal is to identify and create new therapeutic targets to eventually use to improve patient care.

Academic medicine is my passion, and Ohio State is my home. Our differentiated clinical programs and life-altering biomedical discoveries make my heart swell with Buckeye pride.


  • Dean, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Authored and co-authored more than 325 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 90 published abstracts and over 70 book chapters
  • Served on the executive council for the American Board of Surgery
  • Former president of the Society of Surgical Chairs
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “America's Top Doctors,” 2000–2018
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017

Education and Training

Medical Degree

University of California Davis School of Medicine


University of California San Francisco Medical Center
7/1/1982 - 6/30/1986


Vascular Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital
7/1/1986 - 6/30/1988

More About My Work

My Background

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

American Board of Surgery (Subspecialty: Vascular Surgery)

American Board of Surgery (Subspecialty: Vascular Surgery)

My Department


My Division

Vascular Diseases and Surgery

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Kent has reported no relationships with companies or entities.