Chief Executive Officer, UVA Health and Executive Vice President, Health Affairs

 K. Craig Kent, MD, Executive VP Health Affairs at UVA

K. Craig Kent, MD


K. Craig Kent, MD, is the chief executive officer of UVA Health and executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Virginia. He is responsible for overseeing all UVA Health operations.

A researcher, educator and physician, Dr. Kent is an internationally recognized leader in academic medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and former chair (2019-2020) of the American Board of Surgery.

Prior to joining UVA Health, Dr. Kent served as dean of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, vice president for health sciences and the Leslie H. and Abigail S. Wexner Dean’s Chair in Medicine. In his nearly four years as dean, Dr. Kent helped Ohio State make significant investments in research through growth of infrastructure and recruitment. 

Before Ohio State, Dr. Kent served as chair of the Department of Surgery at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, and was chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Columbia College of Physician Surgeons.

He has been a funded researcher for more than 25 years, investigating molecular mechanisms underlying vascular disease with the goal of developing new treatments utilizing innovative methods of drug delivery. Dr. Kent has authored more than 325 articles and 65 book chapters, and has served on the editorial boards of multiple medical journals. He has lectured nationally and internationally with more than 50 named visiting professorships and keynote presentations. 

Dr. Kent earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco where he also completed his surgical residency. He then completed a research and clinical fellowship in vascular surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.