Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS

  • Vascular Surgery
Margaret L. Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS


Gretchen Schwarze, MD, is a UW Health vascular surgeon and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Schwarze treats all forms of vascular disease. The most common are atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) and vein disease (varicose veins).

In her practice, she addresses all aspects of peripheral vascular health and has a particular interest in preventive vascular care. She specializes in vascular and endovascular surgery to improve circulation in blood vessels throughout the body, except for the heart and brain.

At the core of her practice is individualized care. Dr. Schwarze understands that every person is unique and has their own set of goals, beliefs and circumstances. She partners with her patients to ensure they receive the specialized care that best fits their needs.

Her clinical research focuses on how clinicians talk to patients and families about major treatment decisions, like surgery or starting serious treatment, such as dialysis. She aims to develop strategies that can improve this vital communication.

Dr. Schwarze is a nationally recognized expert in surgical decision-making, informed consent, advance directives and end-of-life care. She leads the UW Health clinical medical ethics committee. Outside her practice, Dr. Schwarze enjoys spending time with her husband, who is a transplant surgeon, and their two daughters.

You can't be a good doctor if you don't listen to your patient.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
Medical School
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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

Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL, 2003-2004

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Areas of expertise

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Angioplasty
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Arm Angioplasty
  • Arteriorvenous Fistula
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Balloon Angioplasty
  • Brachiocephalic Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Surgery
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Claudication
  • Dialysis Access Surgery
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Graft Repair for Aortic Aneurysm
  • Foot Ulcers
  • Gangrene
  • Laser Therapy for Veins
  • Limb Preservation
  • Limb Salvage
  • Limb Salvage Surgery
  • Lower Extremity Bypass Surgery
  • Mesenteric Artery Disease
  • Mini ALIF
  • 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
  • Varicose veins or spider veins
  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Vein care
  • Venous Disease
  • Venous Stasis Disease
  • Visceral Angioplasty