Nathan Zwagerman, MD

Remove | Saved Doctors ()
4.9 (135)
Assistant Professor; Director, Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery
Accepting New Patients
Offers Virtual Visits

Call for an appointment

Neurosciences – Froedtert Hospital Clinic (414) 805-5400

I believe that treating patients is more than simply treating the problem they present with. Patients often come to my clinic with a new diagnosis and with complex histories that make each patient unique. The best way to treat each patient is to discover what is important in their lives, educate about the presenting problem, and formulate a treatment strategy that takes all of these things together to arrive at a treatment plan. Each patient needs to be evaluated independently to arrive at a unique treatment for each patient.


Nathan T. Zwagerman, MD, joined the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2017 after completing his residency and fellowship training at the university of Pittsburgh. He completed his undergraduate studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI while majoring in Psychology. He completed his medical training at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. He was born and raised on a family farm in West Michigan.

Dr. Zwagerman completed a two year fellowship in endoscopic endonasal pituitary and endoscopic and open skull base surgery. His research has been focused on evaluating patient outcomes after endoscopic skull base surgery and developing improved techniques to repair injured peripheral nerves.

Dr. Zwagerman received the Student's Golden Heart Award as a 4th year medical student as voted on by his peers for his work in research and his volunteer activity. In 2016, He was awarded the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Synthes Skull base award for his work with Dr. Paul Gardner for a randomized controlled trial of lumbar drain placement after endoscopic skull base surgery. More recently, in 2017 he was awarded the American Association of Neurological Surgeons first place poster for peripheral nerve.


Diseases & Conditions

Acoustic Neuroma
Brain Aneurysm
Brain Tumors
Carotid Stenosis
Cushing's Syndrome
Hemifacial Spasm
Peripheral Nerve Damage
Pituitary Tumors
Trigeminal Neuralgia

Treatment & Services

Aneurysm Clipping
Carotid Endarterectomy
Cushing’s Surgery
Endonasal Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
Gamma Knife Surgery
Microvascular Decompression
Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Multi-Corridor Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Skull Base Tumor Surgery
Virtual Visit

Ages Seen


Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital
Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital


Neurosciences - Froedtert Hospital Clinic
900 N. 92nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-5400
Get Directions

Education & Training

Wayne State University School of Medicine - Detroit - MI - Doctor of Medicine - (2010)

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - PA - Fellowship in Endoscopic and Open Cranial Base Surgery - (2014-2016)

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - PA - Residency in Neurological Surgery - (2011-2017)

Patient Reviews

The comments are submitted by patients (or their caregivers) and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Learn more about our survey.

4.9 out of 5. 135 ratings, 34 reviews
June 30, 2020
I really like dr Zwagerman and have full confidence in him
June 3, 2020
He takes time for me. I have not felt rushed during the visit. He explains and answers my questions.
June 2, 2020
Very professional under the circumstances.
May 29, 2020
Dr. zwagerman saved my life. I had no idea I had a brain tumor. I fell, had a Ct scan at a different hospital and was immediately sent to Froedtert. Dr. Zwagerman performed a very delicate and difficult surgery where the golf ball sized tumor was hard as a rock. My MRI yesterday showed no tumor and my brain completely filled in. Thank God for Dr. Zwagerman. His whole team is amazing. A thousand thank yous to all of you.
May 14, 2020
very open about my needs and how well my surgery went and how well my recovery went. I give them a high degree on my visit.
March 8, 2020
He is one of the best providers that I have ever seen.
Feb. 25, 2020
Dr. Z is awesome. Please crown him king of Neurosurgeons on this continent. And give him a raise. And all the candy he wants. That should do it.
Feb. 20, 2020
with skepticism, I have drove 250 miles in one way to see doctor Nathan. On my journey home I have been asking myself "why I didn't hear about him ealyer?" Dr. Nathan did an amazing job in his research of my medical history and the way he explained things to me.. I'm so grateful and happy to have him as a doctor. I really appreciate everything he has done for me so far.
Feb. 17, 2020
Dr. Zwagerman is an amazing Dr. Without him I would be blind today.
Feb. 13, 2020
because it was a first visit & Dr had an emergency surgery, I felt we did not have enough time to discuss what was wrong and where treatment was headed.
Feb. 10, 2020
Dr Zwagerman is one of 5 doctors total in the US I found that helps people dealing with pineal cysts and has given me hope.
Jan. 24, 2020
Made me feel confident about my health, told me to follow up in two years.
Jan. 23, 2020
I saw the provider for possible surgery for trigeminal neuralgia. He took the time and explained all three options including the pros and cons. I could not have asked for a better visit. I left with a peaceful feeling about possible surgery into my brain to correct this
Jan. 22, 2020
I was absolutely impressed with the team addressing my medical needs. Never seen better teamwork between medical disciplines or individual providers. I believe I am in the best hands possible.
Jan. 22, 2020
This doctor shows compassion and common sense.
Jan. 16, 2020
He listened carefully. He was very patient when answering my questions. I am appreciative of his positive attitude . he showed concern and respect.
Jan. 16, 2020
Knowledgeable doctor
Jan. 15, 2020
I so appreciate every one who has taken care of me. I never had such excellent care. thanks to Dr. Z for taking out what I didn't need in my head. He did it without damaging anything else I still need. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dec. 24, 2019
just so caring
Dec. 19, 2019
the response time was absolutely amazing! the whole staff were exceptional! Best medical team I have ever experienced.
Dec. 17, 2019
very wonderful and kind doctor
Dec. 14, 2019
information transfer from my primary to this referral was very poor on both ends. should have seen the referral doc days earlier.
Dec. 5, 2019
my brain tumor only size of dime but provider gave clear plan of what to do in future. that made me feel at ease. and drs assistant saw that i also get appointment with neurologists in timely manner. thank you.
Dec. 4, 2019
Dr Zwagerman was very easy to talk to and he explained my situation to me very clearly.
Nov. 21, 2019
Staff and Dr. Zwagerman were outstanding! Absolutely wonderful experience, very caring, knowledgeable and helpful. They all gave me great comfort and confidence in dealing with my health issue.
Nov. 21, 2019
He showed concern and empathy
Nov. 7, 2019
Dr. Zwagerman is second to none. He made me feel cared about and confident in his hands. I owe him my absolute well-being and would recommend him to my loved ones in a heartbeat.
Nov. 7, 2019
knowledge on what to expect with the surgery
Nov. 7, 2019
Very attentive to my questions and provided me with listening to all of my questions. I was very pleased with my medical visit.
Oct. 18, 2019
Dr. Zwagerman's staff were extremely helpful and always incredibly prompt in their communications. Absolutely great employees!
Oct. 15, 2019
The doctor showed compassion and understanding and explained all my options thoroughly. I look forward to seeing him in January of 2020.
Oct. 11, 2019
Dr Z made me feel at ease and confident about his ability to perform brain surgery on me and completely remove my 2nd meningioma completely.
Sept. 30, 2019
Excellent explaination of everything going on
Aug. 13, 2019
He is a very caring and excellent surgeon. I never felt scared having him take care of my medical needs