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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
  • 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 Mar 24.
    [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]
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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 Feb 01.
    [PubMed ID: 28146230]
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  • "Best Case/Worst Case": Training Surgeons to Use a Novel Communication Tool for High-Risk Acute Surgical Problems.
    Kruser JM, Taylor LJ, Campbell TC, Zelenski A, Johnson SK, Nabozny MJ, Steffens NM, Tucholka JL, Kwekkeboom KL, Schwarze ML
    J Pain Symptom Manage 2017 Apr; 53(4):711-719.e5.
    [PubMed ID: 28062349, PMC ID: 5374034]
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  • Patient-reported Limitations to Surgical Buy-in: A Qualitative Study of Patients Facing High-risk Surgery.
    Nabozny MJ, Kruser JM, Steffens NM, Pecanac KE, Brasel KJ, Chittenden EH, Cooper Z, McKneally MF, Schwarze ML
    Ann. Surg. 2017 Jan; 265(1):97-102.
    [PubMed ID: 28009732, PMC ID: 4949135]
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  • Engaging Patients, Health Care Professionals, and Community Members to Improve Preoperative Decision Making for Older Adults Facing High-Risk Surgery.
    Steffens NM, Tucholka JL, Nabozny MJ, Schmick AE, Brasel KJ, Schwarze ML
    JAMA Surg 2016 Oct 01; 151(10):938-945.
    [PubMed ID: 27368074, PMC ID: 5071104]
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  • Trajectories and Prognosis of Older Patients Who Have Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation After High-Risk Surgery.
    Nabozny MJ, Barnato AE, Rathouz PJ, Havlena JA, Kind AJ, Ehlenbach WJ, Zhao Q, Ronk K, Smith MA, Greenberg CC, Schwarze ML
    Crit. Care Med. 2016 Jun; 44(6):1091-7.
    [PubMed ID: 26841105, PMC ID: 4868766]
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  • Conflict in the intensive care unit: Nursing advocacy and surgical agency.
    Pecanac KE, Schwarze ML
    Nurs Ethics 2016 Mar 31.
    [PubMed ID: 27032936, PMC ID: 5045761]
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