Dr. Karl Schwarz, a native Montrealer, left Canada in 1991 to pursue his education in the United States. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology-chemistry from Skidmore College, where he was also on the varsity hockey and rowing teams. Next, he completed a Masters in physiology and biophysics at the prestigious Georgetown University in Washington, DC. In 2001, he graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine with honors, winning the first prize in surgery among 170 students. After obtaining his M.D., Dr. Schwarz completed a 6-year residency in plastic surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, one of North America’s premiere training programs. During this time, he published research papers and textbook chapters on breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery.
In 2007, Dr. Schwarz returned to Montreal after being recruited to join the plastic surgery faculty at McGill University. He spent from 2007-2014 as an Associate professor at the McGill University Hospital Centre, teaching and performing a wide variety of reconstructive procedures to treat accident victims and people with birth deformities. His focus, however, has always remained reconstruction of breast cancer patients and cosmetic surgery, allowing him to train future plastic surgeons to perform the latest cutting-edge techniques. Over the years, Dr. Schwarz established and grew a successful cosmetic surgery practice. In fact, in 2014 he stepped down from his position at McGill University to dedicate himself to his busy private practice. He now performs breast cancer reconstruction and cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body at a state-of-the art private clinic. Complementing his surgical skills is his expertise in Botox and facial injectables/fillers.
Since his return to Montreal, Dr. Schwarz has published many research papers and given countless talks on cosmetic surgery and reconstructive breast surgery (see publications section). His specialty and passion remain aesthetic surgery of the breast, face, and body. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Christina Paliotti, our Head Aesthetic Nurse, joined the Schwarz Plastic Surgery team initially in 2012 as Head Nurse of the Operating Room Facility and Aesthetic Nurse to Dr. Karl Schwarz. During this period, she spent a great deal of time in injection sessions with Dr. Karl Schwarz, enabling her to develop a keen aesthetic eye.
In 2015, Christina was recruited by Galderma Canada’s Aesthetic and Correctives’ Department to fill the position of Nurse Trainer for Eastern Canada. Part of Christina’s job description with Galderma involved travelling the country to train doctors and nurses, not only on the products the company offered, but also on advanced techniques in facial injections. During this time she completed several preceptorships with world-renowned physicians who specialize in facial injections. She has attended conferences all over the world and studied facial rejuvenation under the guidance of some of the most esteemed names in the global community of facial aesthetics.
Christina is now back with the Schwarz Plastic Surgery team, bringing with her all her expertise in facial rejuvenation; using Botox and dermal fillers, as well as lip augmentation, facial contouring, corrective techniques, volume replacement, and other non-surgical aesthetic procedures.
Her mission is to deliver the most natural results to her patients. She believes in using an approach which preserves the appearance of one’s face while enhancing its beauty. She advocates a holistic approach to facial care involving facial injectables in combination with other services offered at EspaceMD, and a proper daily skincare regimen.
Christina’s varied and extensive experience as well as her professional and charismatic demeanor make her an excellent addition to our team at Schwarz Plastic Surgery.