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Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP

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(608) 265-4420

600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792-3284

Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP

Associate Professor
Division of Vascular Surgery


  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston , MA, 1995
  • Residency in Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1996-2002
  • 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

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Schwarze specializes in vascular and endovascular surgery. She is board certified in both general surgery and vascular surgery.

Dr. Schwarze provides a wide range of services including Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair - Endovascular, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair - Open, Amputation, Angioplasty With Stent Placement, Carotid Endartecotomy, Carotid Stenting, Extended Efforts in Limb Salvage, Peripheral Artery Bypass, and Varicose Vein Treatment.

Research Interests

Dr. Schwarze is a board-certified vascular surgeon and medical ethicist. She is a nationally recognized expert in surgical decision making, informed consent, advance directives and end-of-life care.

Her research focuses on improving communication between older patients and their surgeons so that patients can avoid unwanted treatment and make decisions that align with their values, preferences and goals.

The Patient Preferences Project: Better Communication for Surgical Decision Making


Recent Publications
  • Translating Patient-Reported Outcomes From Surgical Research to Clinical Care.
    Smith AB, Schwarze ML
    JAMA Surg 2017 Sep 01; 152(9):811-812.
    [PubMed ID: 28636695]
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  • Recalculating the Costs of Overtriage: A Teachable Moment.
    Taylor LJ, Julliard WA, Schwarze ML
    JAMA Intern Med 2017 Sep 01; 177(9):1367-1368.
    [PubMed ID: 28783819]
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  • Harms of unsuccessful donation after circulatory death: An exploratory study.
    Taylor LJ, Buffington A, Scalea JR, Fost N, Croes KD, Mezrich JD, Schwarze ML
    Am. J. Transplant. 2017 Aug 14.
    [PubMed ID: 28805291]
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  • Managing Uncertainty - Harnessing the Power of Scenario Planning.
    Schwarze ML, Taylor LJ
    N. Engl. J. Med. 2017 Jul 20; 377(3):206-208.
    [PubMed ID: 28723329]
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  • A Framework to Improve Surgeon Communication in High-Stakes Surgical Decisions: Best Case/Worst Case.
    Taylor LJ, Nabozny MJ, Steffens NM, Tucholka JL, Brasel KJ, Johnson SK, Zelenski A, Rathouz PJ, Zhao Q, Kwekkeboom KL, Campbell TC, Schwarze ML
    JAMA Surg 2017 Jun 01; 152(6):531-538.
    [PubMed ID: 28146230, PMC ID: 5479749]
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  • 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.
    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
    BMJ Open 2017 May 29; 7(5):e014002.
    [PubMed ID: 28554911]
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  • Palliative Care in Surgery: Defining the Research Priorities.
    Lilley EJ, Cooper Z, Schwarze ML, Mosenthal AC
    Ann. Surg. 2017 May 03.
    [PubMed ID: 28471764]
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  • Barriers to Goal-concordant Care for Older Patients With Acute Surgical Illness: Communication Patterns Extrinsic to Decision Aids.
    Taylor LJ, Johnson SK, Nabozny MJ, Tucholka JL, Steffens NM, Kwekkeboom KL, Brasel KJ, Campbell TC, Schwarze ML
    Ann. Surg. 2017 Apr 26.
    [PubMed ID: 28448386]
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  • Palliative Care in Surgery: Defining the Research Priorities.
    Lilley EJ, Cooper Z, Schwarze ML, Mosenthal AC
    J Palliat Med 2017 Jul; 20(7):702-709.
    [PubMed ID: 28339313]
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  • Clinical Momentum in the Intensive Care Unit. A Latent Contributor to Unwanted Care.
    Kruser JM, Cox CE, Schwarze ML
    Ann Am Thorac Soc 2017 Mar; 14(3):426-431.
    [PubMed ID: 27997808, PMC ID: 5427724]
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