UW Health: Dr. K. Craig Kent named director of American Board of Surgery

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Dr. K. Craig Kent named director of American Board of Surgery

Madison, Wis. — Dr. K. Craig Kent, chairman of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has been named to a six-year term as a director for the American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for general surgeons and related specialists.

Dr. Kent is A.R. Curreri Professor of Surgery at UW SMPH. He completed medical school and residency at the University of California – San Francisco and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Kent also completed an endovascular fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, is past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the current secretary-treasurer for the Society of Surgical Chairs.

The American Board of Surgery is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1937 for the purpose of certifying individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge in the field of surgery. Surgeons certified by the ABS, known as diplomates, have completed at least five years of surgical training following medical school and successfully completed a written and oral examination process administered by the ABS. The ABS offers board certification in general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgery of the hand, hospice and palliative medicine, and complex general surgical oncology. It is one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.