Karin R. Swartz, MD, FAANS

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Karin R. Swartz, MD, FAANS

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

MCW Neurosurgery


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).


“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.”

Education / Training

  • 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)


Video Introduction


  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Board Certification

  • Neurological Surgery

Surgical Services

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

Conditions Treated

  • 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

Clinical Programs

  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • Froedtert Hospital Neurosciences Clinic
  • SpineCare – Tosa Center, Wauwatosa
  • Zablocki VA Medical Center