Faculty Scholars Program

Gretchen Schwarze, MD, MPP

Class of 2011
  • Morgridge Endowed Professor of Surgery
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Scholar Project

Dr. Schwarze is the Morgridge Endowed Professor of Surgery in the Departments of Surgery and Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on decision making for high-stakes decisions, primarily surgery and other life-supporting treatments. Most of her research is empirical in nature, using observational and interventional studies to improve care. She is well known for the development of the Best Case/Worst Case intervention to improve communication between clinicians and patients.

Dr. Schwarze is an alum of the NAM Emerging Leaders Forum in Health and Medicine and a long-time member of the ethics committee at the American College of Surgeons.

Currently, Dr. Schwarze’s work is funded by the NIA.

Best Case/Worst Case can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnS3K44sbu0

For more information, visit: www.patientpreferences.org

Ethical Issues in High Risk Surgery with a Focus on Advance Directives

Grant Cycle: 2007-2008

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