Margaret 'Gretchen' Schwarze

Position title: Associate Professor, Endowed Professor, Morgridge Professorship in Vascular Surgery


Phone: (608) 265-4420

600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792-3284


Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Clinical Medical Ethics, End-of-Life Care and Advance Directives, Health Services Research.


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.


M.D., Harvard Medical School, Medicine, 1995

M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Public Policy, 1995

B.A., Colby College, Philosophy and Mathematics, 1990

Additional Notes

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