Clinical Information


John E. Scarborough, MD, FACS

Associate Professor

  • Section Head, Emergency Surgery
  • Vice Chair for Quality, Department of Surgery
  • Division of Acute Care and Regional General Surgery
(608) 262-6246

600 Highland Avenue
MC 3236
Madison, WI 53792


  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1998
  • General Surgery Residency, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 2005
  • Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 2006
  • Abdominal Transplant Fellowship, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 2007

Clinical Specialties

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, small bowel), surgical critical care, trauma (abdominal trauma, thoracic trauma, traumatic brain injury) and upper GI surgery (hepatobiliary, stomach, esophagus).

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

  • Pancreatic Fistula and Delayed Gastric Emptying Are the Highest-Impact Complications After Whipple.
    Mirrielees JA, Weber SM, Abbott DE, Greenberg CC, Minter RM, Scarborough JE
    J. Surg. Res. 2020 Feb 02; 250: 80-87
    [PubMed ID: 32023494]

  • Race and Insurance Status as Predictors of Bicycle Trauma Outcome in Adults.
    Chen H, Scarborough J, Zens T, Brummeyer B, Agarwal S, Haines KL
    J. Surg. Res. 2020 01; 245: 198-204
    [PubMed ID: 31421362]

  • Safety in Allowing Residents to Independently Perform Appendectomy: A Retrospective Review.
    Barrett JR, Drezdzon MK, Monawer AH, O'Rourke AP, Scarborough JE
    J. Am. Coll. Surg. 2019 Dec; 229(6): 621-625
    [PubMed ID: 31419496]

  • Locoregional anesthesia is associated with lower 30-day mortality than general anesthesia in patients undergoing endovascular repair of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.
    Bennett KM, McAninch CM, Scarborough JE
    J. Vasc. Surg. 2019 Dec; 70(6): 1862-1867.e1
    [PubMed ID: 31126760]

  • What Is the Role for Carotid Stenting Versus Endarterectomy?
    Bennett KM, Scarborough JE
    Adv Surg 2019 09; 53: 37-53
    [PubMed ID: 31327455]

All Publications on PubMed