Margaret "Gretchen" Schwarze, MD, MPP, FACS

Associate Professor

  • Division of Vascular Surgery
  • Morgridge Professor in Vascular Surgery

schwarze@surgery.wisc.edu
(608) 265-4420

600 Highland Ave

Madison, WI 53792-3284

Education

  • 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

  • Promoting Prognostic Understanding and Health Equity for Patients With Advanced Liver Disease: Using "Best Case/Worst Case".
    Ufere NN, El-Jawahri A, Ritchie C, Lai JC, Schwarze ML
    Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2023 Feb; 21(2): 250-255
    [PubMed ID: 36697145]

  • Promoting Prognostic Understanding and Health Equity for Patients With Advanced Liver Disease: Using "Best Case/Worst Case".
    Ufere NN, El-Jawahri A, Ritchie C, Lai JC, Schwarze ML
    Gastroenterology 2023 Feb; 164(2): 171-176
    [PubMed ID: 36702571]

  • Factors Associated with Provision of Non-beneficial Surgery: A National Survey of Surgeons.
    Zaza S, Zimmermann CJ, Taylor LJ, Kalbfell EL, Stalter L, Brasel K, Arnold RM, Cooper Z, Schwarze ML
    Ann Surg 2022 Nov 24;
    [PubMed ID: 36538626]

  • Best Case/Worst Case: protocol for a multisite randomised clinical trial of a scenario planning intervention for patients with kidney failure.
    Haug K, Buffington A, Zelenski A, Hanlon BM, Stalter L, Kwekkeboom KL, Rathouz P, Bansal AD, Cheung K, Crews D, Frazier R, Koncicki H, Lam D, Moss A, Rao M, Wolfgram DF, Yi J, Brill C, Kendrick R, Campbell TC, Jhagroo R, Schwarze M
    BMJ Open 2022 Nov 03; 12(11): e067258
    [PubMed ID: 36328383]

  • Impact of Care Coordination on the Content of Communication Between Surgeons and Patients With Rectal Cancer.
    Lawson EH, Sommovilla J, Buffington A, Zelenski A, Schwarze ML
    Ann Surg Open 2022 Sep; 3(3): e177
    [PubMed ID: 36199484]

All Publications on PubMed