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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

Plastic Surgery

Hillcrest Hospital

6770 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights , OH 44124

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Arm Lift
  • Arm Reconstruction
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Body Lift
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Cancer Reconstruction
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Breast Implant Exchange
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Cancer Center
  • Cheek Lift
  • Chin/Cheek Implants
  • Cosmetic Botox Injections
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Abdomen
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Breast
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face
  • Craniofacial Reconstruction
  • Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
  • Diep Flaps
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Endoscopic Cosmetic Surgery
  • Eyelid Lifts
  • Eyelid 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
  • Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Muscle Transfer Surgery of the Shoulder
  • Nasal Reconstruction
  • Nasal Valve Surgery
  • Neck Lift
  • Neck Surgery
  • Noninvasive Face Lift, Brow and Neck
  • Noninvasive Rejuvenation
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Oncoplastic Surgery for Breast Cancer
  • Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
  • Perlane
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiesse
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Restylane
  • Scar Revisions
  • Scar Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Skin Grafting
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Smile Restoration
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
  • Surgery for Diseases of the Breast
  • Thigh Lifts
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Vaginal Reconstruction
  • Wrinkle Fillers
View all 79 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
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Nasal Deformity
  • 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 S. Schwarz, MD joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 and serves as Vice Chairman and 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 tissue transplant. 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 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, Plastic Surgery Research Council and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. 

Dr. Schwarz has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and has lectured internationally. He is Associate 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, Microsurgery, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. 

As a clinical investigator, his research interests include improving surgical and patient reported outcomes in breast reconstruction, and on surgical prevention and treatment of lymphedema. He and his team are focused on the intersection of emerging technology and patient care involving AI/computer assisted surgery, surgical robotics and enhanced surgical visualization modalities. 

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 1/18/2024, 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* 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

110 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 4.8
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

I am immensely thankful for Dr. Schwarz, his talent and education, as well as his surgical skill and bedside manner. He did an incredible job and was always gentle and caring.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024

Dr. Schwarz is the best. He's the only doctor I trust. I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

All my providers are wonderful

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Very pleased with Dr. Schwarz and results of my surgery.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr. Schwartz is an excellent doctor. He explains everything, takes his time with me and does an excellent job of applying Botox and Fillers.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr. Schwarz is the best. I trust him wholeheartedly and I recommend him to everyone.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr Shwartz had an approachable manner. He was respectful and interested in being helpful to address my issue. Unfortunately, I wasn't convinced that he understands this rare disease and it's treatment as well as I would like. I was comfortable with his bedside manner, but I wasn't sure that I would get the same results as I would from another specialist that I've seen in the past.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

I had a great visit with Dr Schwarz and his team. Very kind, professional and prompt. He was conversational and made sure any questions I had were answered. I felt safe and like my medical care was in the hands of a very capable surgeon and team. I trust him.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2023

He is an amazing physician. Was very attentive to the problem and has a plan in place. He has taken great care of me since 2011.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Dr. Schwartz and his staff have gone above and beyond more than once for me! His assistant is what all should aspire to! They have restored my hope in having a somewhat normal life after having nreast cancer and lymphedema.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

It's easy to see Dr. Schwarz cares about his patients & is concerned for their wellbeing. His first question is what questions do you have for me?

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Dr Schwarz and his team have been incredibly responsive to my needs!!! I could not have asked for a better, more diligent, and caring surgeon than Dr Schwarz. And Sarah Block is a huge asset to his team and has been very engaged in making sure that all of my concerns are addressed. I know that I am in very good hands and feel blessed to be a patient of Dr Schwarz.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

As I stated previously, I have been immensely impressed by the compassionate care that I have received from everyone on my care team. (Particularly Dr Malgieri and Dr Schwarz) I can see why the Cleveland Clinic is such a world renowned hospital. The care is exceptional! And this makes all this difference in the world when you are going through a medical challenge. To know with certainty that you are in the very best of hands brings a peace of mind that is priceless!

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2023

Dr Schwarz and his entire team were fabulous!! They showed such empathy for my circumstances and such thoughtfulness and diligence in taking the time to handle my surgery with care :) I could not have been more blessed than I was with their efforts : )

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

The Dr and his assistant were thorough and made me feel comfortable. Bedside manner is very important to me.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

Dr. Schwarz and Sara, his PA, are more than exceptional care providers! From the time I first met Dr. Schwarz nine years ago after being diagnosed with breast cancer, I have nothing but the highest regard for him as both a medical professional and as a person. He is a credit to the Clinic staff!

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Excellent in coordinating care with my vascular med physician

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Dr Schwarz is very professional and knowledgeable. I would rate Dr. Schwarz as the Best of the Best!

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