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Margaret L Schwarze, MD, MPP

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(608) 265-4420

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’s research interests include clinical medical ethics and health services research.

Recent Publications
  • 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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  • It's big surgery: preoperative expressions of risk, responsibility, and commitment to treatment after high-risk operations.
    Pecanac KE, Kehler JM, Brasel KJ, Cooper Z, Steffens NM, McKneally MF, Schwarze ML
    Ann. Surg. 2014 Mar; 259(3):458-63.
    [PubMed ID: 24253139, PMC ID: 3936655]
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