University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – July 13, 2015

At the Top

Congratulations to Michelle Ciucci, PhD, Principal Investigator, and Nadine Connor, PhD, Co-PI, who just received word on a new R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Influence of neuromuscular pathology on parkinsonian communication deficits.” The five-year award, which begins August 1, offers $2.73 million in funding, with annual direct costs of $359,000. Dr. Ciucci is an assistant professor in Communication Sciences, and this is her first R01 as the PI. Awesome accomplishment!


We are excited to welcome two very talented faculty members and their family to Madison, Wisconsin, from Durham, North Carolina. They will start in the Department of Surgery on July 15.

Kyla Bennett, MD, will join the Division of Vascular Surgery as an assistant professor. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine and received her general surgery resident training at Duke University Medical Center, where she also just completed a two-year Vascular Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Bennett is a highly productive researcher in the areas of vascular surgery outcomes and patient-centered decision making in surgical care, having published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presentations at almost two dozen conferences.

John Scarborough, MD, will join the Division of General Surgery’s Section of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, Burn and Surgical Critical Care as an Associate Professor. Dr. Scarborough completed his medical training at Duke University School of Medicine, where he also completed his general surgery residency and both Surgical Critical Care and Abdominal Transplant fellowships. Dr. Scarborough joined the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery in 2007, where he served as associate director of the general surgery residency training program and core educator. Dr. Scarborough’s research program is focused on surgical outcomes.

In Memoriam

We recently learned of the death of Eric Brekke, MD, a general surgeon from La Crosse who completed his general surgery residency with us in 1992. Dr. Brekke grew up in Elroy, Wisconsin, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School (now UWSMPH) before joining our general surgery residency program. After studying colorectal surgery in Gloucester, England, for a year, he worked as a general surgeon in the Gundersen Health System for 22 years. Dr. Brekke suffered a heart event while biking in late June, and passed away on June 30, 2015, at the age of 54. His friends remember him as a brilliant and uncommonly thoughtful person and a loving husband and father, and his colleagues described him as a kind, patient, and compassionate surgeon who took great care of his patients.