Craig Kent

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

Dr. K. Craig Kent was recently appointed as executive vice president for health affairs. The senior leadership position oversees UVA Health and its clinical enterprise, which spans the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Kent previously 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.

A researcher, educator and physician, Kent is an internationally recognized leader in academic medicine. In October, he was elected to the 2019 class of inductees into the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He chairs the American Board of Surgery.

Kent previously served as chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, was chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Columbia College of Physician Surgeons, and started his career teaching at Harvard. All told, he has had 30 years of experience at a number of prestigious academic medical centers and more than 20 years of leadership experience in academic medicine.

The executive vice president for health affairs reports to Presidnet Jim Ryan and is a member of his executive cabinet. The position develops the overall strategy of the UVA Medical Center, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, University Physicians Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. In addition, Kent will work closely with regional clinical and educational partners.

Kent and his wife Lisa have four children: Amanda is in law school, Alicia is a senior at Boston College, Olivia is a junior at Syracuse University and Eric is a high school sophomore.