Dr. Kauten has been practicing cardiothoracic surgery since 1986. He earned his medial degree from the University of Health Sciences of The Chicago Medical School in Illinois. He completed his internship at Southern Illinois School of Medicine from 1978 to 1979 and residency at Southern Illinois School of Medicine from 1979 to 1983 and Emory University from 1983 to 1986. Dr. Kauten is board certified in thoracic surgery. He has been on medical staff at Piedmont Hospital since 1988.