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Kenton W. Gregory

  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
  • Director, Regenerative Medicine


Kenton Gregory, Ph.D., is an internationally accomplished physician-bioengineer, whose landmark research breakthroughs include the development of lifesaving medical products for troops in the battlefield.

As director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Gregory directs efforts to advance autologous stem cell treatments to safely regenerate hearts damaged by heart attacks and cardiomyopathies that cause heart failure. He has advanced pioneering work to regenerate arms and legs severely damaged from battlefield blast injuries—work that could easily be translated to civilian extremity injuries to accelerate and improve healing. He is also directing efforts to regenerate skin after burn injuries, lung tissue after acute lung injury and prevent paralysis after nerve and spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Gregory received his undergraduate degree in engineering and doctorate in medicine from the University of Southern California. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and held a fellowship in cardiology at the Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles. He completed an additional research fellowship in cardiology at the Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California. Dr. Gregory has held teaching positions at the University of California, Irvine Medical School, and Harvard University School of Medicine, and served as staff cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Gregory holds over 20 domestic and international patents, has served as principal investigator on five FDA-sponsored clinical trials, and has received more than $50 million in grants. Among his many accomplishments, Gregory has launched seven spin-off companies since 1991—three headquartered in Oregon.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • M.D., 1980, University of Southern California
  • Residency

    • Internal medicine, Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital, Los Angeles, California
  • Fellowship

    • Cardiology, Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital, Los Angeles, California

Areas of interest

  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Adult Stem & Progenitor Cell Therapy
  • Battlefield Medicine
  • Nerve & Spinal Cord Injury
  • Biomaterials



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