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Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze MD, MPP, FACS

Gretchen Schwarze MD, MPP is an Associate Professor in the Division Vascular of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She completed residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Her fellowship training in vascular surgery and clinical ethics was done at the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics. Her research interests are in patient-doctor decision making for high risk operations and end-of-life care for surgical patients. She is an alumna of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars program and currently holds a KL2 award via the University of Wisconsin CTSA and a GEMSSTAR (R03 NIA)/Jahnigen Award from the American Geriatrics Society and the Society for Vascular Surgery to test a communication intervention for older, frail surgical patients.

Dr. Schwarze’s Faculty Profile

Grant Funding

  • “Prevention of postoperative conflict about life supporting therapy by improving preoperative communication with older patients”
    • KL2, UW CTSA [UL1TR000427] (NCATS/NIH)
    • Monetary amount: $266,000
  • “A Communication Tool to Assist Older Adults Making Difficult Surgical Decisions”
    • NIA 1R03AG047920 GEMSSTAR
    • Monetary amount: $229,500
  • “Engaging Stakeholders to Develop a Patient Navigation Tool for High Risk Surgery”
    • ICTR PCOR
    • Monetary amount: $100,000
  • American Geriatrics Society and the Society for Vascular Surgery
    • Jahnigen Career Development Award
    • Monetary Award: $50,000

Research Team

  • Anne Buffington, MPH
  • Lauren Taylor, MD
  • Jennifer Tucholka

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