Karin R. Swartz, MD, FAAN

Assistant Dean, Associate Professor


  • Tosa Health Center
  • 1155 North Mayfair Road
  • Wauwatosa, WI 53226


  • Neurosurgery


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.


Diseases and Conditions

  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical, Lumbar and Thoracic Spine
  • Disc Herniations
  • Neck Pain
  • Spinal Degenerative Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis and Instability
  • Spinal Tumors, Fractures, and Infections
  • Brachial Plexopathy
  • Ulnar Nerve

Treatments and Services

  • Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Virtual Visit

Patients Ages Seen

  • Adult
  • Senior


  • English
  • French

Hospital Affiliations

  • Froedtert Hospital – Milwaukee
  • Zablocki VA Medical Center – Milwaukee

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery

Clinic Locations

Tosa Health Center

map of clinics' locations


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).

Education and Training

Doctor of Medicine - Loyola University - Chicago, IL (1996)
Internship & Residency in Neurosurgery - University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI (1996-2003)
Fellowship in Spinal Surgery & Spinal Disorders - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA (2003-2004)