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Nathan Zwagerman, MD

Nathan Zwagerman, MD

Associate Professor; Director, Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery


  • Neurosurgery
    8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
    Milwaukee, WI 53226


Fellowship, Endoscopic and Open Cranial Base Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2014-2016
Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011-2017
MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, 2010


Nathan T. Zwagerman, MD, joined the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2017 after completing his residency and fellowship training at the university of Pittsburgh. He completed his undergraduate studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI while majoring in Psychology. He completed his medical training at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. He was born and raised on a family farm in West Michigan.

Dr. Zwagerman completed a two-year fellowship in endoscopic endonasal pituitary and endoscopic and open skull base surgery. His research has been focused on evaluating patient outcomes after endoscopic skull base surgery and developing improved techniques to repair injured peripheral nerves.

Dr. Zwagerman received the Student's Golden Heart Award as a fourth year medical student as voted on by his peers for his work in research and his volunteer activity. In 2016, he was awarded the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Synthes Skull Base Award for his work with Dr. Paul Gardner for a randomized controlled trial of lumbar drain placement after endoscopic skull base surgery. More recently, in 2017, he was awarded the American Association of Neurological Surgeons' First Place Peripheral Nerve Eposter Award.

“I believe that treating patients is more than simply treating the problem they present with. The best way to treat each patient is to discover what is important in their lives, educate about the presenting problem, and formulate a treatment strategy that takes all of these things together to arrive at a treatment plan.”

Board Certification

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

Clinical Programs

Research Experience

  • Acromegaly
  • ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma
  • Adenoma, Basophil
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Injuries
  • Case Reports
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Dandy-Walker Syndrome
  • Diabetes Insipidus, Neurogenic
  • Education, Medical, Graduate