Margaret "Gretchen" Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS

Associate Professor

  • Division of Vascular Surgery
  • Morgridge Professor in Vascular Surgery
(608) 265-4420

600 Highland Ave

Madison, WI 53792-3284


  • MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1995
  • MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, 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.

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

Recent Publications

  • The Science of Context: Transforming Serious Illness Care Though In Situ Observation.
    Kruser JM, Schwarze ML
    J Pain Symptom Manage 2022 06; 63(6): e651-e653
    [PubMed ID: 35595382]

  • Surgeon Use of Shared Decision-making for Older Adults Considering Major Surgery: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial.
    Baggett ND, Schulz K, Buffington A, Marka N, Hanlon BM, Zimmermann C, Tucholka J, Fox D, Clapp JT, Arnold RM, Schwarze ML
    JAMA Surg 2022 05 01; 157(5): 406-413
    [PubMed ID: 35319737]

  • Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Solid Organ Transplantation.
    Murakami N, Baggett ND, Schwarze ML, Ladin K, Courtwright AM, Goldberg HJ, Nolley EP, Jain N, Landzberg M, Wentlandt K, Lai JC, Shinall MC, Ufere NN, Jones CA, Lakin JR
    J Palliat Med 2022 Jul; 25(7): 1136-1142
    [PubMed ID: 35275707]

  • "You have to be sure that the patient has the full picture": Adaptation of the Best Case/Worst Case communication tool for geriatric oncology.
    Wong ML, Nicosia FM, Smith AK, Walter LC, Lam V, Cohen HJ, Loh KP, Mohile SG, Ursem CJ, Schwarze ML
    J Geriatr Oncol 2022 Jun; 13(5): 606-613
    [PubMed ID: 35123919]

  • Surgical Overtreatment and Shared Decision-making-The Limits of Choice.
    Clapp JT, Schwarze ML, Fleisher LA
    JAMA Surg 2022 01 01; 157(1): 5-6
    [PubMed ID: 34643671]

All Publications on PubMed