Margaret L. Schwarze, MD, MPP close

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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

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair


Aortic Aneursym

Aortic Aneurysm

Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Arm Angioplasty

Arteriorvenous Fistula


Balloon Angioplasty

Brachiocephalic Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Surgery

Carotid Disease

Carotid Stenosis


Cosmetic Surgery

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Dialysis Access Surgery

Endovascular Graft Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Endovascular Graft Repair for Aortic Aneurysm

Foot Ulcers


Laser Therapy for Veins

Limb Preservation

Limb Salvage

Limb Salvage Surgery

Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery

Mesenteric Artery Disease

Minimal Incision Phlebectomy

Minimally Invasive Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Minimally Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Bypass Surgery

Radiofrequency Ablation for Vein Conditions

Renal Artery Disease

Sclerotherapy for Veins

Subclavian Artery Disease

Subclavian Vein Occlusion

Superior Vena Cava Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Treatment for Spider Veins or Varicose Veins

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Venous Disease

Venous Stasis Disease

Visceral Angioplasty


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West Clinic
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UW Health Specialty Clinic - Fort Atkinson
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Verona Clinic
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UW Health Specialty Clinic - Portage
(608) 745-3399 | (888) 703-2778 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital
UnityPoint Health - Meriter
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Vascular Surgery

 Vascular Surgery, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL, 2002-2004 

 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

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

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

PubMed Articles
Kopecky KE Zens TJ Suwanabol PA Schwarze ML Third-Year Medical Students' Reactions to Surgical Patients in Pain: Doubt, Distress, and Depersonalization. J Pain Symptom Manage . 2018 Nov;56(5):719-726.e1
[PubMed ID: 30144537]
Kopecky KE Urbach D Schwarze ML Risk Calculators and Decision Aids Are Not Enough for Shared Decision Making. JAMA Surg . 2018 Sep 19;
[PubMed ID: 30326000]
Walsh KE Secor JL Matsumura JS Schwarze ML Potter BE Newcomer P Kim MK Bartels CM Secure Provider-to-Provider Communication With Electronic Health Record Messaging: An Educational Outreach Study. J Healthc Qual . 2018 Sep Oct;40(5):283-291
[PubMed ID: 29280777]
Schwarze ML Schueller K Jhagroo RA Hospice Use and End-of-Life Care for Patients With End-stage Renal Disease: Too Little, Too Late. JAMA Intern Med . 2018 Jun 1;178(6):799-801
[PubMed ID: 29710316]
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 . 2018 Apr;267(4):677-682
[PubMed ID: 28448386]
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 . 2018 Feb;18(2):402-409
[PubMed ID: 28805291]
Pecanac KE Schwarze ML Conflict in the intensive care unit: Nursing advocacy and surgical agency. Nurs Ethics . 2018 Feb;25(1):69-79
[PubMed ID: 27032936]
Lilley EJ Cooper Z Schwarze ML Mosenthal AC Palliative Care in Surgery: Defining the Research Priorities. Ann Surg . 2018 Jan;267(1):66-72
[PubMed ID: 28471764]
Kummerow Broman K Ward MJ Poulose BK Schwarze ML Surgical Transfer Decision Making: How Regional Resources are Allocated in a Regional Transfer Network. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf . 2018 Jan;44(1):33-42
[PubMed ID: 29290244]
Taylor LJ Julliard WA Schwarze ML Recalculating the Costs of Overtriage: A Teachable Moment. JAMA Intern Med . 2017 Sep 1;177(9):1367-1368
[PubMed ID: 28783819]
Smith AB Schwarze ML Translating Patient-Reported Outcomes From Surgical Research to Clinical Care. JAMA Surg . 2017 Sep 1;152(9):811-812
[PubMed ID: 28636695]
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]
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]
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]