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Nathan Zwagerman, MD

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4.8 (144)
Assistant Professor; Director, Pituitary and Skull Base Surgery
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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.

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…
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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
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
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
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Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital
Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital


Neuroscience Institute – Specialty ClinicsMcKinley Health Center

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)

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Patient Reviews

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4.8 out of 5. 144 ratings, 26 reviews
Aug. 26, 2021
From MA to NP to MD, the staff was awesome. Dr Zwagerman was thorough without being condescending and very helpful and respectful. He seemed interested in my thoughts and concerns and eager to find me a plan of care to help me.
Aug. 14, 2021
I completely trust my health care with Dr Zwagerman
Aug. 12, 2021
Love Doctor Zwaggerman and his team.
Aug. 12, 2021
Great Dr. !!
Aug. 4, 2021
Dr. Zwagerman and his entire staff are phenomenal. They were all pleasant, courteous, intelligent, empathetic and had wonderful bedside manners.
June 28, 2021
He told us all that he knew about my husband's history, based on information that he had spent time to look into.
June 25, 2021
takes my concern seriously provides solutions to my issues very personable
June 24, 2021
Provider's care was great.
June 8, 2021
totally understands his patients and explains thoroughly. stops and listens. eye contact. smiles. likes you
June 4, 2021
This was my first visit with Dr. Zwagerman, and he did an excellent job of explaining my condition and treatments. He was very kind and personable and explained everything in an easy to understand way. I felt very comfortable with him and am glad he will be following my condition.
May 28, 2021
Very knowledgeable, explained my situation, instilled confidence in his abilities.
May 27, 2021
Staff is always pleasant professional and respectful
May 27, 2021
How he treated my concerns with the utmost compassion and care, not to mention the degree in which he was familiar with my case was also very important to me. It was very apparent he cares about his patients and that they receive the care they need and deserve.
May 24, 2021
I was impressed with Dr Z's availability to the patient-answering questions directly with his own email. his choice to only shave the part of the head that is needed shows the care he has for our subsequent healing once we are out of his care.
May 22, 2021
Dr. Z saved my life!
May 22, 2021
saw neurosurgeon for brain tumor, glad to know all ok.
May 20, 2021
The Best of The Best
Jan. 7, 2021
He listened to us. His explanations were thourough and understandable. When explaining our options he did not pressue us to make a specific choice, but encouraged us to take our time. His competent friendly manner made us feel confident
Jan. 7, 2021
The Lord guided me in the right directionI feel at peace having Dr.Zwagerman do my surgery
Dec. 24, 2020
very good bedside manners, thorough, caring and considerate
Dec. 19, 2020
Everything was explained very well and gave me a bit of relief because I was expecting the worse.
Dec. 11, 2020
Doctor always listens answers my questions explains in a way I can understand repeats if he needs to. His nurse is also compasionate and caring.
Dec. 10, 2020
quick to see me regarding a concern with recent surgery with excellent results
Dec. 9, 2020
Awesome From The First I, Walked Into His Office Dr. Zwagerman Is The Best So Thankful So Grateful
Dec. 1, 2020
wonderful doctor, great service
Nov. 10, 2020
Nathan is very personable, very professional and extremely knowledgeable which provides both confidence and personal comfort. A delight to work and speak with.
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