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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

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 Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

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


1 S. Park Clinic
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(608) 836-9990 | (866) 447-9990 | Map
UW Health Specialty Clinic - Fort Atkinson
(920) 568-6567 | | Map
Verona Clinic
(608) 263-8915 | | Map
West Clinic
(608) 263-8915 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

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
Zimmermann CJ Jhagroo RA Wakeen M Schueller K Zelenski A Tucholka JL Fox DA Baggett ND Buffington A Campbell TC Johnson SK Schwarze ML Opportunities to Improve Shared Decision Making in Dialysis Decisions for Older Adults with Life-Limiting Kidney Disease: A Pilot Study. J Palliat Med . 2020 May;23(5):627-634
[PubMed ID: 31930929]
Schwarze ML Kaji AH Ghaferi AA Practical Guide to Qualitative Analysis. JAMA Surg . 2020 Jan 29;
[PubMed ID: 31995144]
Schwarze ML Buffington A Tucholka JL Hanlon B Rathouz PJ Marka N Taylor LJ Zimmermann CJ Kata A Baggett ND Fox DA Schmick AE Berlin A Glass NE Mosenthal AC Finlayson E Cooper Z Brasel KJ Effectiveness of a Question Prompt List Intervention for Older Patients Considering Major Surgery: A Multisite Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Surg . 2019 Oct 30;
[PubMed ID: 31664452]
Afifi AM Schwarze ML Stilp EK Orne J Smith JP Abd-Elsayed AA Anderson BM Salem A Macdonald CL Israel JS "Like a Normal Person Again": A Qualitative Analysis of the Impact of Headache Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg . 2019 Oct;144(4):956-964
[PubMed ID: 31568311]
Zimmermann CJ Baggett ND Taylor LJ Buffington A Scalea J Fost N Croes KD Mezrich JD Schwarze ML Family and transplant professionals' views of organ recovery before circulatory death for imminently dying patients: A qualitative study using semistructured interviews and focus groups. Am J Transplant . 2019 Aug;19(8):2232-2240
[PubMed ID: 30768840]
Kruser JM Benjamin BT Gordon EJ Michelson KN Wunderink RG Holl JL Schwarze ML Patient and Family Engagement During Treatment Decisions in an ICU: A Discourse Analysis of the Electronic Health Record. Crit Care Med . 2019 Jun;47(6):784-791
[PubMed ID: 30896465]
Schwarze ML Urbach D Kopecky KE Cost and Outcomes Information Should Be Part of Shared Decision Making-Reply. JAMA Surg . 2019 May 1;154(5):466
[PubMed ID: 30758489]
Butler CR Schwarze ML Katz R Hailpern SM Kreuter W Hall YN Montez Rath ME O'Hare AM Lower Extremity Amputation and Health Care Utilization in the Last Year of Life among Medicare Beneficiaries with ESRD. J Am Soc Nephrol . 2019 Feb 19;
[PubMed ID: 30782596]
Zens TJ Kopecky KE Schwarze ML Suwanabol PA Surgery Hurts: Characterizing the Experience of Pain in Surgical Patients as Witnessed by Medical Students. J Surg Educ . 2019 Nov - Dec;76(6):1506-1515
[PubMed ID: 31060970]
Taylor LJ Adkins S Hoel AW Hauser J Suwanabol P Wood G Anderson W Branson C Skube S Johnson SK Zelenski A Tucholka JL Campbell TC Schwarze ML Using Implementation Science to Adapt a Training Program to Assist Surgeons with High-Stakes Communication. J Surg Educ . 2019 Jan - Feb;76(1):165-173
[PubMed ID: 30626527]
Kopecky KE Urbach D Schwarze ML Risk Calculators and Decision Aids Are Not Enough for Shared Decision Making. JAMA Surg . 2019 Jan 1;154(1):3-4
[PubMed ID: 30326000]
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]
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]