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Margaret L. Schwarze, MD 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

2349 Deming Way Clinic (Transformations)
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Verona Clinic
(608) 263-8915 | Map
1 S. Park Clinic
(608) 287-2100 | (888) 703-2778 | Map
West Clinic
(608) 263-8915 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Regional Specialty Clinics

Fort Memorial Hospital (Fort Atkinson)
(920) 568-5334 |  Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification General Surgery
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 2014

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Programs & Conditions


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

PubMed Articles
Kruser JM Pecanac KE Brasel KJ Cooper Z Steffens NM McKneally MF Schwarze ML . "And I Think That We Can Fix It": Mental Models Used in High-risk Surgical Decision Making. Ann Surg. 2015 Apr;261(4):678-84
[PubMed ID: 25749396]
Neuman MD Allen S Schwarze ML Uy J . Using Time-limited Trials to Improve Surgical Care for Frail Older Adults. Ann Surg. 2015 Apr;261(4):639-41
[PubMed ID: 25211275]
Schwarze ML Barnato AE Rathouz PJ Zhao Q Neuman HB Winslow ER Kennedy GD Hu YY Dodgion CM Kwok AC Greenberg CC . Development of a List of High-Risk Operations for Patients 65 Years and Older. JAMA Surg. 2015 Feb 18;
[PubMed ID: 25692282]
Nabozny MJ Kruser JM Steffens NM Brasel KJ Campbell TC Gaines ME Schwarze ML . Constructing High-Stakes Surgical Decisions: It Is Better to Die Trying. Ann Surg. 2015 Jan 5;
[PubMed ID: 25563878]
Schwarze ML Nabozny MJ . How people die in 2014. Ann Surg. 2014 Dec;260(6):958-9
[PubMed ID: 25185477]
Schwarze ML Brasel KJ Mosenthal AC . Beyond 30-day mortality: aligning surgical quality with outcomes that patients value. JAMA Surg. 2014 Jul;149(7):631-2
[PubMed ID: 24897945]
Paul Olson TJ Pinkerton C Brasel KJ Schwarze ML . Palliative surgery for malignant bowel obstruction from carcinomatosis: a systematic review. JAMA Surg. 2014 Apr;149(4):383-92
[PubMed ID: 24477929]
Pecanac KE Kehler JM Brasel KJ Cooper Z Steffens NM McKneally MF Schwarze ML . It's big surgery: preoperative expressions of risk, responsibility, and commitment to treatment after high-risk operations. Ann Surg. 2014 Mar;259(3):458-63
[PubMed ID: 24253139]
Coorough NE Schneider DF Rosen MW Sippel RS Chen H Schwarze ML Mazeh H . A survey of preferences regarding surgical approach to thyroid surgery. World J Surg. 2014 Mar;38(3):696-703
[PubMed ID: 24366272]
Taub AL Keune JD Kodner IJ Schwarze ML . Respecting autonomy in the setting of acute traumatic quadriplegia. Surgery. 2014 Feb;155(2):355-60
[PubMed ID: 24579092]
Olson TJ Schwarze ML . Failure-to-Pursue Rescue: Truly a Failure? Ann Surg. 2013 Dec 26;
[PubMed ID: 24374530]
Schwarze ML Kehler JM Campbell TC . Navigating high risk procedures with more than just a street map. J Palliat Med. 2013 Oct;16(10):1169-71
[PubMed ID: 24003993]
Schwarze ML Redmann AJ Alexander GC Brasel KJ . Surgeons expect patients to buy-in to postoperative life support preoperatively: results of a national survey. Crit Care Med. 2013 Jan;41(1):1-8
[PubMed ID: 23222269]
Paul Olson TJ Brasel KJ Redmann AJ Alexander GC Schwarze ML . Surgeon-reported conflict with intensivists about postoperative goals of care. JAMA Surg. 2013 Jan;148(1):29-35
[PubMed ID: 23324837]
Dale W Hemmerich J Moliski E Schwarze ML Tung A . Effect of specialty and recent experience on perioperative decision-making for abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Oct;60(10):1889-94
[PubMed ID: 23016733]
Schwarze ML Redmann AJ Brasel KJ Alexander GC . The role of surgeon error in withdrawal of postoperative life support. Ann Surg. 2012 Jul;256(1):10-5
[PubMed ID: 22584696]
Hemmerich JA Elstein AS Schwarze ML Moliski EG Dale W . Risk as feelings in the effect of patient outcomes on physicians' future treatment decisions: a randomized trial and manipulation validation. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Jul;75(2):367-76
[PubMed ID: 22571890]
Redmann AJ Brasel KJ Alexander CG Schwarze ML . Use of advance directives for high-risk operations: a national survey of surgeons. Ann Surg. 2012 Mar;255(3):418-23
[PubMed ID: 22167006]
Minter RM Angelos P Coimbra R Dale P de Vera ME Hardacre J Hawkins W Kirkwood K Matthews JB McLoughlin J Peralta E Schmidt M Zhou W Schwarze ML . Ethical management of conflict of interest: proposed standards for academic surgical societies. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 Nov;213(5):677-82
[PubMed ID: 21880513]
O'Connor ES Schwarze ML Kodner IJ Keune JD . Surrogate decision making: a woman in fulminant liver failure after an acetaminophen overdose. Surgery. 2011 Nov;150(5):1006-10
[PubMed ID: 22132422]