Kakra Hughes

Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health

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Kakra Hughes, is a tenured Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Howard University and Hospital.  

He is author of several dozen journal articles and book chapters and is a frequently invited speaker at national medical and surgical meetings. Kakra also serves as an editorial board member for several leading vascular journals including Journal of Endovascular Therapy, Annals of Vascular Surgery and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (where he is also the Clinical Controversies Section Associate Editor).  He is also a frequent reviewer for virtually all the other leading vascular journals including Circulation, Stroke and Journal of Vascular Surgery. Kakra is an active member of multiple surgical/medical societies including the Society for Vascular Surgery, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society, Eastern Vascular Society, Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, Chesapeake Vascular Society, Edward B. Diethrich Vascular Surgical Society, Association for Academic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Surgical Society, Southeastern Surgical Congress, National Medical Association (NMA) -Surgical Section and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.  He serves in leadership positions in many of these societies including current service as Chair-elect of the NMA – Surgical Section.

A board-certified, fellowship-trained vascular/endovascular surgeon, Kakra’s clinical interests include open and endovascular management of carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, aneurysmal disease and vascular trauma.  His research interests center on surgical health services and outcomes research with a focus on vascular disease and health disparities. At Howard University and Hospital, he serves on several key leadership positions including president-elect of the Medical and Dental Staff and Chair of the Professional Peer-review Committee.  In the University, he serves on the Appointment, Promotions and Tenure Committee (APT) both at the departmental level as well as at the University-wide level.  He also serves as Chair of the APT Committee for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Kakra obtained a BS (Summa Cum Laude) from Central State University, an MD from Wake Forest School of Medicine and an MS in Clinical and Translational Research from Georgetown University.  His surgical residency was completed at Los Angeles County’s Martin Luther King, Jr./Drew-UCLA Program followed by a Vascular/Endovascular Surgery residency at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He also completed a Cardiovascular Surgery Research fellowship at UCLA and an Endovascular Surgery fellowship at the Arizona Heart Institute.
Kakra is enrolled in the Ph.D program in Health Services with the goal of gaining additional skills that will enable him develop into a more sophisticated health services researcher.