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Susan M. Swetter, MD

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Dermatology at Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and the Stanford University Medical Center

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program 900 Blake Wilbur Dr W3045 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 498-6000 Fax (650) 723-6956
    Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program 900 Blake Wilbur Dr W3045 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 498-6000 Fax (650) 723-6956
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Email Tel (650) 721-7490 Tel (650) 852-3494
    Alternate Contact
    Lindsay Fua Administrative Officer, VAPAHCS Dermatology Service Tel Work 650-852-3494
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • Cancer> Cutaneous (Dermatologic) Oncology
  • Pigmented Skin Lesions
  • Melanoma
  • Skin Cancer
  • Basal/ Squamous Cell Carcinomas - VA Dermatology
  • Dermatology
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Administrative Appointments

  • Director, Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program, Stanford Cancer Institute (1995 - present)
  • Physician Leader, Cancer Care Program in Cutaneous Oncology, Stanford Cancer Institute (2012 - present)
  • Advisory Board, Stanford Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) Center (2014 - present)
  • Medical Advisory Panel, Melanoma Research Alliance (2013 - present)
  • President, Board of Directors, American Cancer Society, Santa Clara County Unit (2009 - 2011)
  • Member, Melanoma Panel, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2007 - present)
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Honors and Awards

  • Humanitarian Award Recipient, Melanoma Research Foundation (2012)
  • Elected Member, American Dermatological Association (2011)
  • Leadership Award, Melanoma Care Coalition (2007)
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award, President’s Council on Service & Civic Participation, Corporation for National & Community Service (2007)
  • Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University School of Medicine (2004, 2009)
  • Nominated, Franklin G. Ebaugh, Jr. Award (outstanding dedication to advising medical students), Stanford University School of Medicine (1999, 2001, 2004, 2009)
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Professional Education

Internship: UCSF Medical Center CA (1991)
Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (1994)
Board Certification: Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology (1994)
Medical Education: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine PA (1990)
BA: University of Virginia, Interdisciplinary Studies (1986)
MD: University of Pennsylvania, Medicine (1990)
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Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Swetter has directed the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Programs at Stanford University Medical Center and Cancer Institute and VA Palo Alto since 1995. She serves as the national dermatology liaison to the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Melanoma Committee and Co-Chairs the Melanoma Prevention Working Group, a national forum for research collaboration among academic oncologists, dermatologists, epidemiologists, and surgeons dedicated to cancer control and prevention, and currently comprised of >35 Intergroup (ECOG, SWOG, CALGB) melanoma centers in the US. Dr. Swetter's research interests include primary and secondary prevention of melanoma, including early detection and screening of high-risk groups, melanoma chemoprevention in individuals with atypical mole syndrome and other risk factors, and research focused on increasing professional and public education to improve melanoma awareness and recognition. She is also engaged in clinical studies of the epidemiology, prognostic factors, and therapy of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers at both Stanford and VA Palo Alto.


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