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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 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

  • 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
  • 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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  • 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. 2016 Jan 18.
    [PubMed ID: 26797323, PMC ID: 4949135]
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  • Constructing High-stakes Surgical Decisions: It's Better to Die Trying.
    Nabozny MJ, Kruser JM, Steffens NM, Brasel KJ, Campbell TC, Gaines ME, Schwarze ML
    Ann. Surg. 2016 Jan; 263(1):64-70.
    [PubMed ID: 25563878, PMC ID: 4492901]
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  • You Can't Get What You Want: Innovation for End-of-Life Communication in the Intensive Care Unit.
    Schwarze ML, Campbell TC, Cunningham TV, White DB, Arnold RM
    Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2016 Jan 1; 193(1):14-6.
    [PubMed ID: 26474354, PMC ID: 4731618]
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  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Benefit to Patients With Metastatic Cancer--Reply.
    Schwarze ML, Nabozny MJ, Steffens NM
    JAMA Intern Med 2016 Jan; 176(1):142-3.
    [PubMed ID: 26747675]
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  • Best Practices: Targeting Surgeon Communication at the End of Life.
    Taylor LJ, Schwarze ML
    Ann. Surg. 2016 Jan; 263(1):7-8.
    [PubMed ID: 26565135]
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  • Primary care physician decision making regarding severe obesity treatment and bariatric surgery: a qualitative study.
    Funk LM, Jolles SA, Greenberg CC, Schwarze ML, Safdar N, McVay MA, Whittle JC, Maciejewski ML, Voils CI
    Surg Obes Relat Dis 2016 May; 12(4):893-901.
    [PubMed ID: 26948943]
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  • Understanding Conflict Between Intensivists and Surgeons.
    Kahn JM, Schwarze ML
    Crit. Care Med. 2015 Oct; 43(10):2261-2.
    [PubMed ID: 26376256]
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