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Research Team

Madison, Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin)

Principal Investigator: Margaret “Gretchen” Schwarze, MD, MPP
Dr. Schwarze is a vascular surgeon in Madison who cares for patients with aneurysms, arterial blockages and varicose veins. She is a trained bioethicist who has several funded research projects studying how doctors and patients communicate and ways to improve communication.

Study Coordinators: Anne Buffington (608-265-4443; and Jennifer Tucholka (608-265-0420;

Boston, Massachusetts (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)

Co-Investigator: Zara Cooper, MD, MSc
Dr. Cooper is an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and an acute care surgeon, trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist certified in palliative medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Study Coordinator: Elizabeth Lilley (607-525-7604;

Newark, New Jersey (Rutgers New Jersey Medical School)

Co-Investigator: Anne Mosenthal, MD
Dr. Mosenthal is a trauma surgeon, professor and chair at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Surgery.

Co-Investigator: Ana Berlin, MPH, MD
Dr. Berlin is an assistant professor and general surgeon at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Department of Surgery.

Study Coordinator: Julia Schaefer (973-972-5539;

San Francisco, California (University of California San Francisco)

Co-Investigator: Emily Finlayson, MD, MS
Dr. Finlayson is an associate professor of surgery and colorectal surgeon at the University of California San Francisco, and the director of the UCSF Center for Surgery in Older Adults.

Study Coordinator: Luis Vite (415-514-0552;

Portland, Oregon (Oregon Health and Sciences University)

Co-Investigator: Karen Brasel, MD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Brasel is a professor of surgery and the general surgery residency director at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Study Coordinator: Diane Lape (503-494-4315; Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System