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Title Program Director, Microsurgery Fellowship
Department Plastic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Arm Lift
  • Arm Reconstruction
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Lift
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Cancer Reconstruction
  • Breast Implant Exchange
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Cancer Center
  • Cheek Lift
  • Chin/Cheek Implants
  • Cosmetic Botox Injections
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Abdomen
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Body
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Breast
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face
  • Craniofacial Reconstruction
  • Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
  • Destruction of Skin Tags
  • Diep Flaps
  • Ear Pinning/Otoplasty
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Endoscopic Cosmetic Surgery
  • EyeLid and Brow Lifts
  • Eyelid and Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Face Transplant
  • Facelift (Rhytidectomy)
  • Facial Fracture Repair
  • Facial Reanimation
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Facial Surgery
  • Fat Injections
  • Forehead Lift
  • Fracture Reconstruction
  • General Plastic Surgery
  • Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery
  • Injectables and Fillers for Facial Rejuvenation
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Juvederm
  • Keloid Removal
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Malignant Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
  • Maxillofacial Reconstruction
  • Microsurgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Muscle Transfer Surgery of the Shoulder
  • Nasal Deformity
  • Nasal Reconstruction
  • Nasal Valve Surgery
  • Neck Lift
  • Neck Surgery
  • Non-invasive Face Lift, Brow and Neck
  • Noninvasive Rejuvenation
  • Oncoplastic Surgery for Breast Cancer
  • Perforator Flaps
  • Perlane
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiesse
  • Reconstructive Head and Neck Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery of the Face
  • Restylane
  • Scar Revisions
  • Scar Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Skin Grafting
  • Smile Restoration
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
  • Surgery for Breast Cancer
  • Surgery for Diseases Of The Breast
  • Thigh Lifts
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery
  • Wrinkle Fillers
View all 85 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult and Pediatric Facial Trauma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Congenital Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Ectropion
  • Entropion
  • Excess Skin after Weight Loss
  • Facial Aging
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Lower Extremity Deformity
  • Lymphedema - Secondary
  • Lymphoma
  • Mastectomy Defects
  • Maxillofacial Deformities
  • Mobius Syndrome
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nevus
  • Nose Deformity
  • Ptosis
  • Scars
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Lesions
  • Small Breast Size
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Wrinkles
View all 27 Specialties +


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About Graham Schwarz, MD

Graham Schwarz, MD joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 and serves as Director of the Microsurgery and Breast Reconstruction Fellowship in the Department of Plastic Surgery.   His practice focuses on both tissue flap and implant-based breast reconstruction, as well as on surgical prevention and treatment of lymphedema including lymphaticovenous bypass and vascularized lymph node transfer.    An active member of Cleveland Clinic’s multidisciplinary breast cancer, sarcoma and facial transplant teams, Dr. Schwarz collaborates with physicians and surgeons from multiple specialties to perform complex oncologic and post-traumatic reconstruction.     

Dr. Schwarz completed undergraduate and graduate bioengineering degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently obtained his medical degree at Rutgers University: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he graduated as a member of AOA.

He completed post-graduate general surgery residency training at Weill Cornell Medical Center and subsequently pursued plastic surgery fellowship at New York Presbyterian –Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medical Center where he served as administrative chief.    During this time, he received aesthetic surgery training at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat and Lenox Hill Hospitals.     Dr. Schwarz completed a Reconstructive Microsurgery and Breast Reconstruction Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Schwarz is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Board of Surgeons.  He is member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Schwarz has numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations.  He is assistant professor of surgery in Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, serves as an associate editor for Annals of Plastic Surgery and is a reviewer for Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery and Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.

His research interests include improving surgical and patient reported outcomes in breast reconstruction, surgical prevention and treatment of lymphedema, innovation in reconstructive microsurgery, advancing surgical visualization technology, and digital health solutions.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Reconstructive Microsurgery & Breast Reconstruction
New York, NY USA

Residency - New York Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia Univ. & Weill Cornell Medical Center
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
New York, NY USA

Residency - New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center
General Surgery
New York, NY USA

Medical Education - Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ USA

Undergraduate - University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA

Graduate School - University of Pennsylvania
Master of Science in Bioengineering
Philadelphia, PA USA


  • Plastic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Breast reconstruction (microsurgical autologous and implant), Vascularized lymph node transfer for lymphedema and lymphaticovenous bypass, Facial paralysis/reanimation, Vascularized composite allotransplantation, Musculoskeletal oncologic reconstruction, Aesthetic surgery of the face and breast.

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Distinguished Housestaff Award
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Graham Schwarz, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 11/28/2022, Dr. Schwarz has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

145 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Dr. Schwarz is very professional, compassionate, thorough and made me feel at ease while we discussed my surgery.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Very kind and caring physician. Answered questions and was a good listener. I felt confident in his ability to evaluate my peiblem.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Dr. Schwarz listens well, is kind, and answers all my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Dr Schwarz is AMAZING. He is knowledgeable, helpful and does amazing work. I am very lucky to have him on my care team.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Grateful for Dr Schwarz's expertise and attention to detail

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Dr Schwarz is absolutely incredible. He is extremely knowledgeable, understanding and professional. Such a striking difference from my prior visit with the specialist at UPMC. He gave us several options. He not only has all the expertise but he is also kind, empathetic and patient. Thank you, Dr Schwarz.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

Dr Schwarz and his team are compassionate, patient and simply the best at what they do

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

The doctor was amazing.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

I was pleased to access the MyChart which guided me through the process. And I will need to go back and see how I can get my daughter on as well so, she can be In conference with me, when specking to the goodly doctor, Dr. Graham Schwarz and the Team.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

What gave me confidence was Dr. Schwarz commitment, to here me and his patients through the process as, a third of the left side of my mouth Is opened and pronouncing words are difficult and even hard to hear or understand at times.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

Dr. Schwarz is the best

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Kind and compassionate staff.Dr Schwartz is one of the best doctors at the Clinic.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr. Schwartz listened to me carefully and I felt assured that he understood my concerns. He did not rush through the appointment and did a thorough job of examining my leg and discussing what the next steps would be.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

All went well form the person who checked me in, to the nurse practitioner, to Dr. Schwartz.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

She was able to answer all my questions

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dr Schwarz expressed deep concern for my well being. He is a very caring doctor. Together we made a plan to achieve my goals

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2022

Dr Schwartz is amazing and I'm blessed to have him for my cosmetic procedures

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

I have the greatest respect for Dr Schwarz and all of his staff. They are very talented, professional, empathetic, thorough, and positive

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Dr Schwartz didn't educate about incision size or location. Just wanted in and out of the room. Sarah Block was fabulous. Truly listened and educated

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Sarah And Dr. Schwarz are wonderful, as are all the people in the breast center!

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Very good doctor. I felt at ease.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

Perfect first appt. Dr. Shwarz covered ALL aspects, options, concerns and took the time to genuinely review ALL my medical records.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

The dr while well versed in his field had a really poor sense of empathy. He pretty much told me what I wanted to do would not be a good idea. Great. He obviously knows best. It was the way he delivered themessage. It boardered on rude and dissmissive. He told me to talk to another dr and come back in 4 to 6 months.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Despite Dr. Shwarz being pulled from meetings to take care of my procedure , he apologized, made sure I was comfortable, and went about his excellent care.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Excellent Dr. I cannot say enough nice things about him and his staff!

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