Dr. Kent S. Kapitan has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an associate professor of internal medicine, specializing in pulmonary medicine. Kapitan was in private practice for sixteen years with the Kansas City Pulmonary Clinic, including 13 years as vice president of practice management (1989-2005). He previously was on the faculty of University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and was a clinical investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studying pulmonary physiology (1985-89).
Kapitan completed two-year fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine and respiratory physiology at UCSD (1987, 1985). He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City (1981). He earned his master's in engineering mechanics and his medical and bachelor's degrees at the University of Wisconsin in Madison (1983, 1978, 1974).
He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine. He previously received a five-year clinical investigator award and a two-year research service award from the NIH, as well as a one-year research award from the American Lung Association and a national service award from the National Science Foundation. He has published 15 journal articles and was a guest editor of the Journal of Applied Physiology.
A native of Columbus, Wisconsin, Kapitan is married to Susan Worley and has two children.