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Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze MD, MPP, FACS

Gretchen Schwarze, MD, MPP is an Associate Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Schwarze is a board-certified vascular surgeon and medical ethicist. 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 focuses on improving communication between older patients and their doctors so that patients can make decisions that align with their values, preferences and goals.

Dr. Schwarze’s Faculty Profile

Dr. Schwarze’s Research Program: The Patient Preferences Project

Grant Funding

  • “Navigating High Risk Surgery: Empowering Older Adults to Ask Questions that Inform Decisions about Surgical Treatment”
    • PCORI CDR-1502-27462
    • Monetary amount: $2,109,998
  • “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”
    • Monetary amount: $100,000
  • American Geriatrics Society and the Society for Vascular Surgery
    • Jahnigen Career Development Award
    • Monetary Award: $50,000

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