Dr. Kent is Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Clinical and Translational Science at the Sackler School for Graduate Biomedical Studies, Tufts University. He is an attending physician in at Tufts Medical Center, where he specializes in the care of hospitalized general medical patients.
He is currently Principle Investigator (PI) of the NINDS-sponsored Risk of Paradoixical Embolism (RoPE) Study, a multinational study to determine how to select from patients presenting with cryptogenic stroke those likely to benefit from closure of a patent foramen ovale, and he also is PI and Co-PI of two AHRQ-sponsored research projects focused on the complex patient with multimorbidity. The common theme of Dr Kent’s research is that the average results of clinical trials do not apply to all patients, even those meeting trial inclusion criteria. Dr Kent has advocated a risk modeling approach to trial analysis that would permit better tailoring of results to individual patients.
In addition to his research and clinical responsibilities, a major portion of his time is devoted to teaching and mentoring. He is Director of the Clinical and Translational Science MS/PhD Program at the Sackler School for Graduate Biomedical Studies and Director of Fellowship Programs for the ICRHPS. He also directs the KL2/KM1 Career Development Programs of the Tufts-CTSI. He teaches Study Design, Predictive Modeling and Introduction to Clinical Care Research. He has extensive peer review experience. He is a six year member of the Scientific Review Committee of Tufts Medical Center, and has sat on various scientific grant review committees for the NIH/NINDS, VA Cooperative Studies Program, medical foundations and foreign governments. He is Associate Editor of the journal Trials and Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr Kent received his MD at McGill University with honors and received an MSc in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan, where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.
In his past professional life, Dr Kent was Head of Office/Medical Officer in Central Bosnia for Medecins San Frontieres in 1994, where he directed a medical supply distribution program during the war. He was also Medical Director of the Maximum / Super Maximum Security Prison for the State of Massachusetts. Despite these experiences, he is easily outsmarted and manipulated by his daughters (ages 4 and 5 and his wife, to their great amusement.