Karin R. Swartz, MD, FAANS

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Karin R. Swartz, MD, FAANS


Dr. Swartz is a board-certified neurosurgeon with fellowship specialty training in spinal surgery. She completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003, her fellowship at the Institute for Spinal Disorders at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles in 2004, and was in practice at the University of Kentucky Medical Center before joining MCW in 2015.

She has been involved in spinal cord injury research. She has won multiple teaching awards, and is involved in several national organizations, including the American Association of Neurological Surgery (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgery (CNS), and the North American Spine Society (NASS).

Karin R. Swartz, MD, FAAN

“Spine care often involves consideration of multiple treatment options, and surgery is a very important one. I am passionate about educating and involving patients on their journey.”

Patient Care

Patient Care Focus


  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Brachial Plexopathy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical, Lumbar and Thoracic Spine
  • Disc Herniations
  • Hyperhidrosis

  • Spinal Degenerative Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis and Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Tumors, Fractures, and Infections
  • Ulnar Nerve

Surgical Services

  • Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS)
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation
  • Spine Surgery


  • Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI

Education, Training & Board Certification


  • Doctor of Medicine – Loyola University – Chicago, IL (1996)


  • Internship & Residency in Neurosurgery – University of Wisconsin – Madison (1996-2003)
  • Fellowship in Spinal Surgery & Spinal Disorders – Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA (2003-2004)

Board Certification

  • Neurological Surgery

Introductory Video
Research & Publications