Dr. Schwarz excelled academically and athletically in high school at a private boy's preparatory school in Vancouver, BC, and began his college education with the goal of becoming an engineer. However, it was his father's cancer physician, a kind, compassionate and brilliant hematologist who encouraged Dr. Schwarz to pursue a career in medicine. Initially Dr. Schwarz considered a career in hematology and cancer research when he began medical school in Canada in 1993, but was drawn to surgery during his early years. However, it was during a rotation with a plastic surgeon when he saw a young child have his cleft lip repaired that he knew plastic surgery would be his calling. Since completing his plastic surgery training at Duke University in 2007, Dr. Schwarz has been in private practice, and now devotes his practice to Breast and Body. Approximately 60% of his practice involves surgery of the breast including breast augmentation, breast lift, breast lift with implants, breast reduction, as well as revisional breast surgery for women who have problems with their implants (symmastia, rippling, recurrent ptosis, implant hardening, implant rupture, implant malposition, capsular contracture). In addition Dr. Schwarz treats women with breast cancer performing oncoplastic reconstruction, fat grafting as well reconstruction with tissue expanders and implants and flaps. Dr. Schwarz also treats women with congenital breast problems arising from Pectus Excavatum, Tuberous Breast Deformity, Poland Syndrome or cases of asymmetry. Dr. Schwarz also performs reconstruction on patients who have suffered traumatic injury to their breasts and performs male breast reduction surgery (gynecomastia) Dr. Schwarz's other focus is cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the Body. Dr. Schwarz performs traditional liposuction, and SMARTLipo of the arms, chest, abdomen, bra fat, back fat, flanks, saddlebags, thighs, knees and calves. Sometimes patients who are candidates may also choose to have some of the fat placed in other areas (autologous fat transfer) and undergo fat grafting to the breast or buttocks (Brazilian Butt Augmentation). Dr. Schwarz performs drain-less tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) for cosmetic patients, and also in patients after bariatric surgery or after massive weight loss. For post-bariatric patients Dr. Schwarz also performs arm lifts, (brachioplasty), thigh lifts (medial thigh lift), and body lifts (circumferential belt lipectomy). Dr. Schwarz also treats patients with skin cancer (Basal cell, Squamous cell, Melanoma) by removing the malignant lesions and also reconstructs skin cancer patients undergoing Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Dr. Schwarz dedicates a great deal of time and effort in assisting surgeons at WakeMed Hospital who treat critically injured trauma patients who suffer injury and provides reconstructive services to those suffering from potential limb loss, infection and trauma. Dr. Schwarz has been married for over 20 years and has three teenage boys who attend local Catholic schools and are active in lacrosse, and volunteer activities through the church and local food banks and farms. Dr. Schwarz's philosophy towards patient care is centered around communication both before surgery and afterwards as he believes good communication and trust are the cornerstones of any relationship including a physician-patient relationship.
We provide a unique plastic surgery experience with a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Adam Becker, who specializes in cosmetic facial plastic surgery and a plastic surgeon, Dr Karl Schwarz, who specializes cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and body. Glow Plastic Surgery is conveniently located near I-540 on Falls of Neuse Road and is home to a full operating suite where all cosmetic procedures are performed. We provide a high standard of care with exquisite attention to all details of the surgery as well as pre and postoperative care in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
Dr. Schwarz's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Schwarz does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Schwarz's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Angiosarcoma of the Breast
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal Type Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Recurrence
Breast, Unilateral Giant
Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
Congenital Anomalies of Breast
Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
Facial Skin Cancer
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Invasive Breast Cancer
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
Localized Fat Deposits
Lymphoma of the Breast
Male Breast Cancer
Malignant Breast Tumor
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome
Nodular Basal Cell Carcinoma
Noduloulcerative Basal Cell Carcinoma
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma
Pre-Invasive Breast Cancer
Radiation-Induced Angiosarcoma of the Breast
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma
Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Aesthetic Hand Rejuvenation
Arm Reduction Surgery
Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
Botox® for Severe Underarm Sweating when Antiperspirants Fail
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Surgical Procedure
Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
Cosmetic Trunk Surgery
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Cyst
Excision of Lipoma
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
Fat Grafting to the Body
Fat Grafting to the Breast
Fat Grafting to the Buttock
Fat Grafting to the Face
Fat Reduction Procedure
Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction
Lift - Parts of the Body Other than Face
Male Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
Mini Tummy Tuck
Post Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Scar Revision Surgery
Skin Cancer Removal
Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
Skin Cancer Tumor Treatment
Skin Lesion Removal
Skin and Tissue Reduction
Smartlipo Triplex® Laser Liposuction
Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
Soft Tissue Reconstruction
Soft Tissue Surgery
Soft Tissue Tumor Removal
Wrinkle Reduction by Injection
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Florida.
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If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of British Columbia
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1993
Schulich School Of Medicine At The University Of Western Ontario
Medical School | Graduated 1997
Wayne State Univ
Internship Hospital | Completed 2000
Residency Hospital | Completed 2007
Wayne State Univ
Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Dr. Schwarz has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
Dr. Schwarz has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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