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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Scarborough is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He specializes in emergency surgery (Acute Care Surgery), general surgery, laparoscopic surgery, lower GI (colorectal and small bowel), surgical critical care, trauma (abdominal trauma, thoracic trauma and traumatic brain injury) and upper GI surgery (hepatobiliary, stomach and esophagus).


Surgery (General)

Acute Care Surgery

Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Removal)

Excision of Lipoma

Laparoscopic Groin Hernia Repair

Muscle Biopsy

Sebaceous Cyst Removal

Subcutaneous Tumor Removal

Surgical Critical Care

Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Trauma Surgery

Ventral / Abdominal Hernia Repair


University Hospital
(608) 263-7502 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
University Hospital
(608) 263-7502 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
University Hospital
(608) 242-2828 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
University Hospital
(608) 263-8954 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Critical Care and Abdominal Transplant, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Residency Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Internship Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Medical School Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Scarborough's research interest is in health services research.

PubMed Articles
Mirrielees JA Weber SM Abbott DE Greenberg CC Minter RM Scarborough JE Pancreatic Fistula and Delayed Gastric Emptying Are the Highest-Impact Complications After Whipple. J Surg Res . 2020 Jun;250:80-87
[PubMed ID: 32023494]
Barrett JR Drezdzon MK Monawer AH O'Rourke AP Scarborough JE Safety in Allowing Residents to Independently Perform Appendectomy: A Retrospective Review. J Am Coll Surg . 2019 Dec;229(6):621-625
[PubMed ID: 31419496]
Bennett KM McAninch CM Scarborough JE Locoregional anesthesia is associated with lower 30-day mortality than general anesthesia in patients undergoing endovascular repair of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. J Vasc Surg . 2019 Dec;70(6):1862-1867.e1
[PubMed ID: 31126760]
Bennett KM Scarborough JE What Is the Role for Carotid Stenting Versus Endarterectomy? Adv Surg . 2019 Sep;53:37-53
[PubMed ID: 31327455]
Turner SA Jung HS Scarborough JE Utilization of a specimen retrieval bag during laparoscopic appendectomy for both uncomplicated and complicated appendicitis is not associated with a decrease in postoperative surgical site infection rates. Surgery . 2019 Jun;165(6):1199-1202
[PubMed ID: 31043235]
Ingraham AM Agarwal SK Jung HS Liepert AE O'Rourke AP Scarborough JE Patient-Centered Outcome Spectrum: An Evidence-based Framework to Aid in Shared Decision-making. Ann Surg . 2018 Dec;268(6):980-984
[PubMed ID: 28922208]
Barbas AS Dib MJ Rege AS Vikraman DS Sudan DL Knechtle SJ Scarborough JE The Volume-outcome Relationship in Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation and Implications for Regionalization. Ann Surg . 2018 Jun;267(6):1169-1172
[PubMed ID: 28650358]
Ingraham AM Jung HS Liepert AE Warner-Hillard C Greenberg CC Scarborough JE Effect of transfer status on outcomes for necrotizing soft tissue infections. J Surg Res . 2017 Dec;220:372-378
[PubMed ID: 29180205]
Bennett KM Hoch JR Scarborough JE Predictors of 30-day postoperative major adverse clinical events after carotid artery stenting: An analysis of the procedure-targeted American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. J Vasc Surg . 2017 Oct;66(4):1093-1099
[PubMed ID: 28596038]
Rinehardt EK Scarborough JE Bennett KM Current practice of thoracic outlet decompression surgery in the United States. J Vasc Surg . 2017 Sep;66(3):858-865
[PubMed ID: 28579292]
Bennett KM Scarborough JE Carotid artery stenting is associated with a higher incidence of major adverse clinical events than carotid endarterectomy in female patients. J Vasc Surg . 2017 Sep;66(3):794-801
[PubMed ID: 28502547]
Shulzhenko NO Zens TJ Beems MV Jung HS O'Rourke AP Liepert AE Scarborough JE Agarwal SK Number of rib fractures thresholds independently predict worse outcomes in older patients with blunt trauma. Surgery . 2017 Apr;161(4):1083-1089
[PubMed ID: 27932031]
Bennett KM Kent KC Schumacher J Greenberg CC Scarborough JE Targeting the most important complications in vascular surgery. J Vasc Surg . 2017 Mar;65(3):793-803
[PubMed ID: 28236921]
Scarborough JE Schumacher J Kent KC Heise CP Greenberg CC Associations of Specific Postoperative Complications With Outcomes After Elective Colon Resection: A Procedure-Targeted Approach Toward Surgical Quality Improvement. JAMA Surg . 2017 Feb 15;152(2):e164681
[PubMed ID: 27926773]
Englum BR Rialon KL Kim J Shapiro ML Scarborough JE Rice HE Adibe OO Tracy ET Current use and outcomes of helicopter transport in pediatric trauma: a review of 18,291 transports. J Pediatr Surg . 2017 Jan;52(1):140-144
[PubMed ID: 27852453]
Rialon KL Englum BR Gulack BC Guevara CJ Bhattacharya SD Shapiro ML Rice HE Scarborough JE Adibe OO Comparative effectiveness of treatment strategies for severe splenic trauma in the pediatric population. Am J Surg . 2016 Oct;212(4):786-793
[PubMed ID: 26303881]
Englum BR Gulack BC Rice HE Scarborough JE Adibe OO Management of blunt pancreatic trauma in children: Review of the National Trauma Data Bank. J Pediatr Surg . 2016 Sep;51(9):1526-31
[PubMed ID: 27577183]
Scarborough JE Ingraham AM Liepert AE Jung HS O'Rourke AP Agarwal SK Nonoperative Management Is as Effective as Immediate Splenectomy for Adult Patients with High-Grade Blunt Splenic Injury. J Am Coll Surg . 2016 Aug;223(2):249-58
[PubMed ID: 27112125]
Scarborough JE Schumacher J Pappas TN McCoy CC Englum BR Agarwal SK Jr Greenberg CC Which Complications Matter Most? Prioritizing Quality Improvement in Emergency General Surgery. J Am Coll Surg . 2016 Apr;222(4):515-24
[PubMed ID: 26916129]
Bennett KM Levinson H Scarborough JE Shortell CK Validated prediction model for severe groin wound infection after lower extremity revascularization procedures. J Vasc Surg . 2016 Feb;63(2):414-9
[PubMed ID: 26526055]