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Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP

Contact Dr. Schwarze

E-mail:
schwarze@surgery.wisc.edu

Phone:
(608) 265-4420

Mail:
600 HIGHLAND AVE
BX3236 CLINICAL SCIENCE CNTR-H4
MADISON, WI 53792-3284

Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP

Associate Professor
Division of Vascular Surgery

Education

  • 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

Funding/Grants
  • A Communication Tool to Assist Older Adults Making Difficult Surgical Decisions
    Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging
    Principal Investigator(s): Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP
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  • Engaging Stakeholders to Develop a Patient Navigation Tool for High Risk Surgery
    Funding Agency: University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
    Principal Investigator(s): Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP
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  • Jahnigen Career Development Award
    Funding Agency: American Geriatrics Society and the Society for Vascular Surgery
    Principal Investigator(s): Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP
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  • Prevention of Postoperative Conflict About Life Supporting Therapy by Improving Preoperative Communication With Older Patients
    Funding Agency: University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
    Principal Investigator(s): Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP
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Recent Publications
  • "Best Case/Worst Case": Qualitative Evaluation of a Novel Communication Tool for Difficult in-the-Moment Surgical Decisions.
    Kruser JM, Nabozny MJ, Steffens NM, Brasel KJ, Campbell TC, Gaines ME, Schwarze ML
    J Am Geriatr Soc 2015 Aug 17.
    [PubMed ID: 26280462]
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  • Failure-to-pursue Rescue: Truly a Failure?
    Paul Olson TJ, Schwarze ML
    Ann. Surg. 2015 Aug; 262(2):e43-4.
    [PubMed ID: 24374530, PMC ID: 4085137]
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  • When Do Not Resuscitate Is a Nonchoice Choice: A Teachable Moment.
    Nabozny MJ, Steffens NM, Schwarze ML
    JAMA Intern Med 2015 Jun 15.
    [PubMed ID: 26075795]
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  • Using time-limited trials to improve surgical care for frail older adults.
    Neuman MD, Allen S, Schwarze ML, Uy J
    Ann. Surg. 2015 Apr; 261(4):639-41.
    [PubMed ID: 25211275, PMC ID: 4352115]
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  • Development of a list of high-risk operations for patients 65 years and older.
    Schwarze ML, Barnato AE, Rathouz PJ, Zhao Q, Neuman HB, Winslow ER, Kennedy GD, Hu YY, Dodgion CM, Kwok AC, Greenberg CC
    JAMA Surg 2015 Apr; 150(4):325-31.
    [PubMed ID: 25692282, PMC ID: 4414395]
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  • "And I think that we can fix it": mental models used in high-risk surgical decision making.
    Kruser JM, Pecanac KE, Brasel KJ, Cooper Z, Steffens NM, McKneally MF, Schwarze ML
    Ann. Surg. 2015 Apr; 261(4):678-84.
    [PubMed ID: 25749396, PMC ID: 4356019]
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  • Constructing High-Stakes Surgical Decisions: It Is Better to Die Trying.
    Nabozny MJ, Kruser JM, Steffens NM, Brasel KJ, Campbell TC, Gaines ME, Schwarze ML
    Ann. Surg. 2015 Jan 5.
    [PubMed ID: 25563878, PMC ID: 4492901]
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  • How people die in 2014.
    Schwarze ML, Nabozny MJ
    Ann. Surg. 2014 Dec; 260(6):958-9.
    [PubMed ID: 25185477, PMC ID: 4229420]
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  • Beyond 30-day mortality: aligning surgical quality with outcomes that patients value.
    Schwarze ML, Brasel KJ, Mosenthal AC
    JAMA Surg 2014 Jul; 149(7):631-2.
    [PubMed ID: 24897945, PMC ID: 4295201]
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  • Palliative surgery for malignant bowel obstruction from carcinomatosis: a systematic review.
    Paul Olson TJ, Pinkerton C, Brasel KJ, Schwarze ML
    JAMA Surg 2014 Apr; 149(4):383-92.
    [PubMed ID: 24477929, PMC ID: 4030748]
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