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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.

Education

1995 Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)—Biology and Chemistry Skidmore University, Saratoga Springs, NY

1996 Master of Sciences (M.Sc.)—Physiology and Biophysics Georgetown University, Washington, DC

2001 Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC St. George University School of Medicine, Grenada West Indies

2007 Residency—Plastic Surgery Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

Professional Certifications:

Collège des Médecins du Québec #07337 (2007)

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (2007)

The American Board of Plastic Surgery (2008)

Honors & Awards

1997 Iota Epsilon Alpha Honors Society, Member St. George’s University School of Medicine

2001 Graduation with Distinction George Washington University School of Medicine

2001 Kane-King-Dodek Obstetrical Honors Society George Washington University School of Medicine

2001 Alec Horwitz Award in Surgery George Washington University School of Medicine

2002 Program Director’s Award for Exceptional Performance on the General Surgery In-Service Exam Georgetown University Hospital

2005 Shining Star Award for Exceptional Patient Care Georgetown University Hospital

2006 Gallery of Service Excellence Recognition for excellence in patient care Georgetown University Hospital

2006 Medicis Recognition Award for Residents in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Awarded by Medicis, Inc. and Scott Spear, M.D., McGill University: Chairman of Plastic Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital

2008 H. Rocke Robertson Day – McGill University : “Gunshot Wound to the Mandible in the Paediatric Population: Case report and Literature Review.” First Prize for Clinical Research Montreal General Hospital

Teaching McGill: Undergraduate

Medical students, Plastic Surgery Clinics & Operating Theatre (Daily Basis)

Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds (Weekly Wednesday – MGH 2007- Present)

2007 – “Management of Acute Burns” Lecture to third-year medical students

2007 – Introduction to Clinical Medicine – Case Reports – Discussion with third-year medical students

2008 – Introduction to Clinical Medicine – “Physical Examination of the Hand.” Lecture to third-year medical students

2008 – Introduction to Clinical Medicine – Case Reports – Discussion with third-year medical students

2009 – Introduction to Clinical Medicine – Case Reports – Discussion with third-year medical students

2010 – Introduction to Clinical Medicine – Case Reports – Discussion with third-year medical students

2011 – Introduction to Clinical Medicine – Case Reports – Discussion with third-year medical students

2012 – Introduction to Clinical Medicine – Case Reports – Discussion with third-year medical students

Postgraduate

Residents, Plastic Surgery Clinics & Operating Theatre (Daily Basis) Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds (Weekly Educational Conference – MGH 2007- Present)

2007 – Reading List: “Hand I: Soft Tissues.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2007 – Reading List: “Hand II: Peripheral Nerves.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2007 – Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds: Lower Extremity Reconstruction. Presentation to Staff, Residents and Medical Students.

2007 – Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds: Breast Reconstruction. Presentation to Staff, Residents and Medical Students.

2008 – Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds: Treatment of Symmastia with the Neosubpectoral Plane. Lecture to Staff, Residents and Medical Students.

2008 – Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds: Fat Injection in Breast Reconstruction. Lecture to Staff, Residents and Medical Students.

2008 – Reading List: “Pressure Sores.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2008 – Reading List: “Skin Grafts and Skin Substitutes.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2009 – Reading List: “Surgical Flaps.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2009 – Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds: Dermamatrix in Breast Reconstruction. Lecture to Staff, Residents and Medical Students.

2009 – Reading List: “Augmentation Mammaplasty” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2010 – Reading List: “Flexor Tendons; Tendon Transfers.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2010 – Reading List: “Lower Extremity Reconstruction.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2010 – Reading List: “Microsurgery Free Tissue Transfer and Replantation.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2011 – Reading List: “Nasal Reconstruction.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2011 – Reading List: “Head and Neck Reconstruction.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2011 – Reading List: “Reduction Mammaplasty and Masto-pexy/Augmentation Mammaplasty.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2011 – Reading List: “Breast Cancer, Cancer Prevention and Breast Reconstruction.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2012 – Reading List: “Lower Extremity Reconstruction.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2012 – Reading List: “Breast Reconstruction.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2012 – Reading List: “Lip, Cheek, and Scalp Reconstruction.” Written Examination and Discussion of Clinical Case Scenarios with Residents.

2012 – Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds: “A Review of Acellular Dermal Matrix Use in Breast Reconstruction.” Lecture to staff, residents, and Medical students.

Invited Lectures

2008 – Panamerican International Aesthetic Congress: “Treatment of Aging Breasts in Patients Over Fifty.” Lecture to Plastic Surgeons, Dermatologists, Nurses and Estheticians, Montreal, Quebec.

2009 – Synthes National Annual Meeting: “Dermamatrix in Breast Reconstruction.” Lecture to Synthes Representatives, Ottawa, Ontario.

2011 – McGill University Hospital Centre Breast Cancer/Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day: “Breast Reconstruction After Cancer- The Latest Options.” Lecture to health professionals and the general public, Montreal, Quebec.

2012 – Fourth International Symposium on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: “Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy- The Latest Options.” Lecture to health professionals, researchers, and the general public, Montreal, Quebec.

Professional Memberships

2007 – Present – Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

2007 – Present – Member, Association des Médecins du Québec

2007 – Present – Member, FRCS(C) (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada)

2007 – Present – Member, Associations de Chirurgiens Plasticiens du Québec

2007 – Present – Member, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons

2007 – Present – Member, Fédération de Médecins Spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ)

2014 – Present – International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)

2014 – Present – Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS)

Certifying Exams

1997 – USMLE-I

1998 – USMLE-II

2001 – BLS

2001 – ACLS

2003 – ATLS

2005 – USMLE-III

2007 – Principles of Surgery Examination (POS)

2007 – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada: Plastic Surgery Licensing Exam

2008 – American Board of Plastic Surgery: Plastic Surgery Licensing Exam

Publications

Schwarz, K., Spear, S. Prosthetic reconstruction in the radiated breast. Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art. 2nd ed.

Spear, S., Carter, M.E., Schwarz, K. Prophylactic mastectomy: Indications, options, and reconstructive alternatives. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 115: 891-909, March 2005.

Venturi, M., Schwarz, K., Spear, S. Evaluating complications in breast reconstruction following prophylactic mastectomy. Presented at Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference 2005, Washington, DC.

Lynch, Sheilah., Schwarz, K. Chemical Peels and Dermabrasion. Plastic Surgery Secrets. 2nd ed. In print.

Schwarz, K., Spear, S. Prophylactic Mastectomy: Clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. Presented at Plastic Surgery Senior Residents Conference 2007, Pasadena, CA.

Schwarz, K., Davison, S., Periumbilical Full-Thickness Skin Graft Donor Site for Pretibial Skin cancer excisions. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 121(4):232e-233e, April 2008.

Schwarz, K., Davison, D., Crane, A., Sentinel lymph node biopsy in the setting of conjunctival Melanoma. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 121(4):212e-213e, April 2008.

Davison, S., Grant, N., Schwarz, K., Iorio, M. Maximizing flap inset for tongue reconstruction Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 121(6): 1982-1985, June 2008

Spear, S., Schwarz, K., Venturi, M., Barbosa, T., Al-Attar, A., Prophylactic Mastectomy and Reconstruction: Clinical Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 122(1): 1-9, July 2008.

Spear, S., Newman, M., Bedford, M. S., Schwarz, K., Cohen, M., Schwartz, J., A Retrospective Analysis of Outcomes Using Three Common Methods for Immediate Breast Reconstruction. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Volume 122, Number 2. August 2008.

Perkins, A, Schwarz, K, Gilardino, M, Lessard, ML. Gunshot Wound to the Mandible in the Paediatric Population: Case report and Literature Review. H. Rocke Robertson Day, February 2009. Perkins, A., Schwarz, K., Gilardino, M.S., Lessard, L. La reconstruction de la mâchoire inférieure dans la population de pédiatrie en utilisant un lambeau péroné secondaire à une blessure par balle (révision de littérature). Annual Meeting of the Association des Specialistes en Chirurgie Plastique et Esthetique du Quebec. March 2009.

Perkins, A., Schwarz, K., Sirois, C., Lessard, L. Serratus flap coverage of bronchial stumps in thoracic surgery cases for treatment and prevention of bronchopleural fistulas. Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting. June, 2009.

Schwarz, K. Two-Stage, Immediate Expander to Implant Breast Reconstruction with Dermamatrix. Annual Meeting of the Association des Specialistes en Chirurgie Plastique et Esthetique du Quebec. March 2009.

Izadpanah, A., Paek, L. Sinno, H., Perkins, A., Bakirtzian, P., Schwarz, K. Vegetative Pyoderma Gangrenosum after Breast Augmentation/Mastopexy: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Poster Presentation, ASCPEQ 2010, Quebec City, QC.

Izadpanah, A., Paek, L. Sinno, H., Perkins, A., Bakirtzian, P., Schwarz, K. Vegetative Pyoderma Gangrenosum after Breast Augmentation/Mastopexy: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Poster Presentation, CSPS Meeting 2010, Halifax, NS.

Paek, L., Perkins, a., Kvann, J., Izadpanah, A., Schwarz, K. Two-Stage, Immediate Expander to Implant Breast Reconstruction with Dermamatrix. Podium Presentation, IPRAS 2011, Vancouver, BC.

Tahiri, Y., Schwarz, K. Subcutaneous Pre-Expansion of Mastectomy Flaps Prior to Breast Reconstruction with DIEP Flaps—Eliminating the Patch-Like Appearance and Improved Aesthetic Outcomes. 64th CSPS Meeting, Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2010, Halifax, NS.

Tahiri, Y., Schwarz, K. Subcutaneous Pre-Expansion of Mastectomy Flaps Prior to Breast Reconstruction with DIEP Flaps—Eliminating the Patch-Like Appearance and Improved Aesthetic Outcomes. Association des Specialistes en Chirurgie Plastique et Esthetique du Quebec (ASCPEQ) 2010, Quebec City, QC.

Tahiri, Y., Schwarz, K. Subcutaneous Pre-Expansion of Mastectomy Flaps Prior to Breast Reconstruction with DIEP Flaps—Eliminating the Patch-Like Appearance and Improved Aesthetic Outcomes. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2011Feb; 66(2): 124-127

Lynch, S., Schwarz, K. Chemical Peels and Dermabrasion. Plastic Surgery Secrets. 2nd edition, 2011.

Izadpanah, A., Kanevsky, J., Izadpanah, A., Schwarz, K. Propanolol: An Emerging Therapy for Infantile Hemangioma; A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Plastic Surgery Research Council, 57th Annual Meeting, Jun 17, 2011

Izadpanah, A., Kanevsky, J., Izadpanah, A., Schwarz, K. Propanolol: An Emerging Therapy for Infantile Hemangioma; A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. CSPS Annual Meeting, June 2012.

Izadpanah, A., Kanevsky, J., Izadpanah, A., Schwarz, K. Propanolol: An Emerging Therapy for Infantile Hemangioma; A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Association of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting, April, 2012.

Izadpanah, A., Karunanayake, M., Schwarz, K., Luc, M. Simultaneous Bilateral Spontaneous Rupture of Pectoralis Major Origins; A Case Report and Review. Submitted to Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Oct. 2012.

Sinno, H., Izadpanah, A., Izadpanah, A., Thibaudeau, S., Tahiri, Y., Lin, S., Schwarz, K., Schwarz, G. The Impact of Living with Severe Breast Hypoplasia. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2012.

Sinno, H., Izadpanah, A., Izadpanah, A., Thibaudeau, S., Tahiri, Y., Lin, S., Schwarz, K., Schwarz, G. The Impact of Living with Severe Breast Hypoplasia. CSPS Annual Meeting, 2012

Schwarz, K., Tahiri, Y., Kanevsky, J., Vorstenbosch, J. Fat injection To Correct Contour Deformities of the Reconstructed Breast: A Single-Surgeon Experience. CSPS Annual Meeting, 2012.

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