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Margaret L. Schwarze, MD, MPP Print Friendly Page

Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Schwarze specializes in vascular and endovascular surgery, clinical medical ethics and health services research. Her UW Health practice comprises all aspects of peripheral vascular health and she is particularly interested in preventive vascular care. Her specific surgical interests include aortic aneurysm, carotid surgery, peripheral artery disease (PAD), endovascular therapy for vascular disease and minimally-invasive surgery.


Cosmetic Surgery (Transformations)

Vascular Surgery

UW Health Clinics

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Verona Clinic
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1 S. Park Clinic
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West Clinic
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Regional Specialty Clinics

UW Health Specialty Clinic - Fort Atkinson (Fort Atkinson)
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UW Health Specialty Clinic - Portage (Portage)
(608) 742-3004  | (888) 703-2778 |  Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial, UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Vascular Surgery
Fellowship University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL

Research Fellowship, Transplantation Biology Research Center, Boston, MA, 1998-2000 Fellowship in Vascular Surgery, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL, 2002-2004 Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL, 2003-2004

Residency Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Internship Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Medical School Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1995


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2016

UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award 2015

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

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


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions


Dr. Schwarze’s research interests include clinical medical ethics and decision-making for surgical patients.

PubMed Articles
Taylor LJ Buffington A Scalea JR Fost N Croes KD Mezrich JD Schwarze ML . Harms of Unsuccessful Donation After Circulatory Death: An Exploratory Study. Am J Transplant. 2017 Aug 14;
[PubMed ID: 28805291]
Taylor LJ Julliard WA Schwarze ML . Recalculating the Costs of Overtriage: A Teachable Moment. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Aug 7;
[PubMed ID: 28783819]
Schwarze ML Taylor LJ . Managing Uncertainty - Harnessing the Power of Scenario Planning. N Engl J Med. 2017 Jul 20;377(3):206-208
[PubMed ID: 28723329]
Lilley EJ Cooper Z Schwarze ML Mosenthal AC . Palliative Care in Surgery: Defining the Research Priorities. J Palliat Med. 2017 Jul;20(7):702-709
[PubMed ID: 28339313]
Smith AB Schwarze ML . Translating Patient-Reported Outcomes From Surgical Research to Clinical Care. JAMA Surg. 2017 Jun 21;
[PubMed ID: 28636695]
Taylor LJ Nabozny MJ Steffens NM Tucholka JL Brasel KJ Johnson SK Zelenski A Rathouz PJ Zhao Q Kwekkeboom KL Campbell TC Schwarze ML . A Framework to Improve Surgeon Communication in High-Stakes Surgical Decisions: Best Case/Worst Case. JAMA Surg. 2017 Jun 1;152(6):531-538
[PubMed ID: 28146230]
Taylor LJ Rathouz PJ Berlin A Brasel KJ Mosenthal AC Finlayson E Cooper Z Steffens NM Jacobson N Buffington A Tucholka JL Zhao Q Schwarze ML . Navigating high-risk surgery: protocol for a multisite, stepped wedge, cluster-randomised trial of a question prompt list intervention to empower older adults to ask questions that inform treatment decisions. BMJ Open. 2017 May 29;7(5):e014002
[PubMed ID: 28554911]
Lilley EJ Cooper Z Schwarze ML Mosenthal AC . Palliative Care in Surgery: Defining the Research Priorities. Ann Surg. 2017 May 3;
[PubMed ID: 28471764]
Taylor LJ Johnson SK Nabozny MJ Tucholka JL Steffens NM Kwekkeboom KL Brasel KJ Campbell TC Schwarze ML . Barriers to Goal-concordant Care for Older Patients With Acute Surgical Illness: Communication Patterns Extrinsic to Decision Aids. Ann Surg. 2017 Apr 26;
[PubMed ID: 28448386]
Kruser JM Taylor LJ Campbell TC Zelenski A Johnson SK Nabozny MJ Steffens NM Tucholka JL Kwekkeboom KL Schwarze ML . "Best Case/Worst Case": Training Surgeons to Use a Novel Communication Tool for High-Risk Acute Surgical Problems. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Apr;53(4):711-719.e5
[PubMed ID: 28062349]
Kruser JM Cox CE Schwarze ML . Clinical Momentum in the Intensive Care Unit. A Latent Contributor to Unwanted Care. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 Mar;14(3):426-431
[PubMed ID: 27997808]
Nabozny MJ Kruser JM Steffens NM Pecanac KE Brasel KJ Chittenden EH Cooper Z McKneally MF Schwarze ML . Patient-reported Limitations to Surgical Buy-in: A Qualitative Study of Patients Facing High-risk Surgery. Ann Surg. 2017 Jan;265(1):97-102
[PubMed ID: 28009732]
Steffens NM Tucholka JL Nabozny MJ Schmick AE Brasel KJ Schwarze ML . Engaging Patients, Health Care Professionals, and Community Members to Improve Preoperative Decision Making for Older Adults Facing High-Risk Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2016 Oct 1;151(10):938-945
[PubMed ID: 27368074]
Nabozny MJ Barnato AE Rathouz PJ Havlena JA Kind AJ Ehlenbach WJ Zhao Q Ronk K Smith MA Greenberg CC Schwarze ML . Trajectories and Prognosis of Older Patients Who Have Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation After High-Risk Surgery. Crit Care Med. 2016 Jun;44(6):1091-7
[PubMed ID: 26841105]
Funk LM Jolles SA Greenberg CC Schwarze ML Safdar N McVay MA Whittle JC Maciejewski ML Voils CI . Primary care physician decision making regarding severe obesity treatment and bariatric surgery: a qualitative study. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 May;12(4):893-901
[PubMed ID: 26948943]
Pecanac KE Schwarze ML . Conflict in the intensive care unit: Nursing advocacy and surgical agency. Nurs Ethics. 2016 Mar 31;
[PubMed ID: 27032936]
Schwarze ML Campbell TC Cunningham TV White DB Arnold RM . You Can't Get What You Want: Innovation for End-of-Life Communication in the Intensive Care Unit. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 Jan 1;193(1):14-6
[PubMed ID: 26474354]
Taylor LJ Schwarze ML . Best Practices: Targeting Surgeon Communication at the End of Life. Ann Surg. 2016 Jan;263(1):7-8
[PubMed ID: 26565135]
Nabozny MJ Kruser JM Steffens NM Brasel KJ Campbell TC Gaines ME Schwarze ML . Constructing High-stakes Surgical Decisions: It's Better to Die Trying. Ann Surg. 2016 Jan;263(1):64-70
[PubMed ID: 25563878]
Schwarze ML Nabozny MJ Steffens NM . Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Benefit to Patients With Metastatic Cancer--Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Jan;176(1):142-3
[PubMed ID: 26747675]