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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)
(608) 836-9990 | (866) 447-9990 | Map
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 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 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 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
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]
Pecanac KE Schwarze ML . Conflict in the intensive care unit: Nursing advocacy and surgical agency. Nurs Ethics. 2016 Mar 31;
[PubMed ID: 27032936]
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. 2016 Jan 18;
[PubMed ID: 26797323]
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]
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. 2015 Dec 2;
[PubMed ID: 26948943]
Kahn JM Schwarze ML . Understanding Conflict Between Intensivists and Surgeons. Crit Care Med. 2015 Oct;43(10):2261-2
[PubMed ID: 26376256]
Kruser JM Nabozny MJ Steffens NM Brasel KJ Campbell TC Gaines ME Schwarze ML . "Best Case/Worst Case": Qualitative Evaluation of a Novel Communication Tool for Difficult in-the-Moment Surgical Decisions. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Sep;63(9):1805-11
[PubMed ID: 26280462]
Nabozny MJ Steffens NM Schwarze ML . When Do Not Resuscitate Is a Nonchoice Choice: A Teachable Moment. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Sep;175(9):1444-5
[PubMed ID: 26075795]
Paul Olson TJ Schwarze ML . Failure-to-pursue Rescue: Truly a Failure? Ann Surg. 2015 Aug;262(2):e43-4
[PubMed ID: 24374530]
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 Apr;150(4):325-31
[PubMed ID: 25692282]
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]