Brian L. Swick, MD, FAAD

Clinical Professor of Dermatology
Clinical Professor of Pathology

Contact Information

Primary Office: 40025 Pomerantz Family Pavilion
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242



BS, Geology, Iowa State University
MD, Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Internship, Internal Medicine, University of Iowa - Des Moines
Resident, Dermatology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Fellow, Dermatopathology, under Loren E Golitz MD and James E Fitzpatrick MD, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Licensure and Certifications

Board Certified - American Board of Dermatopathology
State of Nebraska Medical License - Nebraska Board of Medicine
Board Certified - American Board of Dermatology
State of Colorado Medical License - Colorado Board of Medicine
State of Iowa Medical License - Iowa Board of Medicine

Research Summary

My interests include all aspects of medical dermatology and non-Mohs surgery. In addition, I am clinically active as a dermatopathologist at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City VAMC as well as serving on the melanoma biweekly tumor board. My non-clinical interests include resident and medical student education.


Dittmer, M., Mutgi, K. A., Liu, V. & Swick, B. L. (2018). Localized, ovoid urticarial plaques with fine, nonfollicular pustules. Clin Exp Dermatol, 43(2), 209-211. PMID: 29266388.

, Vidal, C. I., Armbrect, E. A., Andea, A. A., Bohlke, A. K., Comfere, N. I., Hughes, S. R., Kim, J., Kozel, J. A., Lee, J. B., Linos, K., Litzner, B. R., Missall, T. A., Novoa, R. A., Sundram, U., Swick, B. L., Yadira Hurley, M., Rating, P., Alam, M., Argenyi, Z., Duncan, L. M., Elston, D. M., Emanuel, P. O., Ferringer, T., Fung, M. A., Hosier, G. A., Lazar, A. J., Lowe, L., Plaza, J. A., Prieto, V. G., Robinson, J. K., Schaffer, A., Subtil, A. & Wang, W. L. (2018). Appropriate Use Criteria in Dermatopathology: Initial Recommendations from the American Society of Dermatopathology. J Cutan Pathol. PMID: 29566273.

Comfere, N., Sundram, U., Hurley, M. Y. & Swick, B. L. (2018). Views of dermatopathologists about clonality assays in the diagnosis of cutaneous T-cell and B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders. J Cutan Pathol, 45(1), 39-47. PMID: 29084365.

Doberstein, T., Swick, B. L. & Singh, N. (2017). Skin nodule reveals lung cancer in a patient with granulomatosis with polyangiitis. Clin Case Rep, 5(8), 1339-1340. PMID: 28781854.

Stanghelle, B. R., Junqueira, A. L., Ferguson, N. N., Madison, K. C., Swick, B. L. & Farah, R. S. (2017). Perifollicular papules on the trunk. Cutis, 99(5), E22-E24. PMID: 28632805.

Farah, R. S., Holahan, H. M., Moye, M. S., Stone, M. S. & Swick, B. L. (2017). Hereditary hypotrichosis simplex of the scalp. Cutis, 100(1), E12-E14. PMID: 28873114.

Boes, E. E., Selby, J. C. & Swick, B. L. (2017). 'Super bloom' dermatitis. Clin Exp Dermatol. PMID: 28397285.

Haugh, A. M., Njauw, C. N., Bubley, J. A., Verzi, A. E., Zhang, B., Kudalkar, E., VandenBoom, T., Walton, K., Swick, B. L., Kumar, R., Rana, H. Q., Cochrane, S., McCormick, S. R., Shea, C. R., Tsao, H. & Gerami, P. (2017). Genotypic and Phenotypic Features of BAP1 Cancer Syndrome: A Report of 8 New Families and Review of Cases in the Literature. JAMA Dermatol, 999-1006. PMID: 28793149.

Dore, E., Swick, B. L., Link, B. K., Ghahramani, G. K. & Liu, V. (2017). Follicular lymphomatoid papulosis with follicular mucinosis: a clinicopathologic study of 3 cases with literature review and conceptual reappraisal. J Cutan Pathol, 44(4), 360-366. PMID: 28009441.

Connor, C. J., Swick, B. L. (2017). SkIndia Quiz 33: Solitary pigmented plaque containing a blue-gray papule. Indian Dermatol Online J, 8(1), 70-72. PMID: 28217486.

Boes, E. E., Walling, H. W. & Swick, B. L. (2016). Winter eruption on the thighs. Clin Exp Dermatol, 41(2), 224-6. PMID: 26206610.

Seline, A. E., Swick, B. L. (2016). Secondary syphilis. Cutis, 97(1), 16;45;46. PMID: 26919360.

Swick, B. L., Clark, A. H. (2016). Chronic lymphedema with recurrent blistering and ulceration arising in a leishmaniasis scar. (Vols. 7). (3), pp. 210-1. Indian Dermatol Online J. PMID: 27294064.

Boes, E. E., Walling, H. W. & Swick, B. L. (2016). Haemorrhagic macules on the palms and soles. Clin Exp Dermatol, 41(4), 449-50. PMID: 26648207.

Phadke, S. D., Ghabour, R., Swick, B. L., Swenson, A., Milhem, M. & Zakharia, Y. (2016). Pembrolizumab Therapy Triggering an Exacerbation of Preexisting Autoimmune Disease: A Report of 2 Patient Cases. J Investig Med High Impact Case Rep, 2324709616674316. PMID: 27826593.

Mutgi, K. A., Milhem, M., Swick, B. L. & Liu, V. (2016). Pityriasis lichenoides chronica-like drug eruption developing during pembrolizumab treatment for metastatic melanoma. JAAD Case Rep, 2(4), 343-5. PMID: 27570820.

Little, A. J., Seline, A. E., Swick, B. L. & Wanat, K. A. (2016). Cutaneous metastasis of breast adenoid cystic carcinoma to the scalp. J Cutan Pathol, 43(8), 684-7. PMID: 26968987.

Melrose, E. G., Willis, M. & Swick, B. L. (2016). Livedo reticularis following use of norepinephrine (noradrenaline): a case report. Clin Exp Dermatol, 41(4), 442-3. PMID: 26801678.

Chitgopeker, P., Little, A. J. & Swick, B. L. (2015). Bullae and Erosions on Sun-Exposed Skin. JAMA Dermatol. PMID: 26676923.

Moye, M. S., Swick, B. L. & Wanat, K. A. (2015). A Growing Scar on the Abdomen of a Middle-aged Woman. JAMA, 314(11), 1169-70. PMID: 26372587.

Mutgi, K. A., Swick, B. L. (2015). Multifocal epithelioid hemangioma of the penis: a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. J Cutan Pathol, 42(5), 303-7. PMID: 26042800.

Dore, E., Noe, M. H. & Swick, B. L. (2015). Trichoblastoma, syringocystadenoma papilliferum, desmoplastic trichilemmoma, and tumor of the follicular infundibulum with signet-ring cells, all arising in nevus sebaceus. J Cutan Pathol. PMID: 25761672.

Holahan, H., Farah, R., Asarch, A., Swick, B. & Liu, V. (2015). Bullous lesions on the extremities of an incarcerated man. Clin Exp Dermatol, 40(2), 222-4. PMID: 25603886.

Ghahramani, G. K., Swick, B. L. & Ciliberto, H. (2015). Ulcerated Spitz nevus masquerading as a juvenile xanthogranuloma. Pediatr Dermatol, 32(1), 148-50. PMID: 25441121.

Lester, E. B., Swick, B. L. (2015). Eosinophils in biopsy specimens of lichen sclerosus: a not uncommon finding. J Cutan Path, 42(1), 16-21. PMID: 25404144.

Holahan, H. M., Farah, R. S. & Swick, B. L. (2014). Pretibial myxedema. Cutis, 94(2), 60, 73-4. PMID: 25184646.

Hochwalt, P. C., Fernandez, K. H. & Swick, B. L. (2014). Large subcutaneous masses. Cutis, 94(6), E6-8. PMID: 25566583.

Moye, M. S., Farah, R. S. & Swick, B. L. (2014). Folliculocentric papules and alopecia. Clin Exp Dermatol, 39(5), 661-3. PMID: 24888435.

Farah, R. S., Holahan, H. M. & Swick, B. L. (2014). Giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath. Cutis, 93(4), 174; 181-2. PMID: 24818183.

Hegg, R. M., Alkousakis, T. J. & Swick, B. L. (2014). What is your diagnosis? Old world Leishmaniasis. Cutis, 93(2), 67; 69; 70. PMID: 24605349.

Crawford, K. D., Sheth, S. & Swick, B. L. (2014). Subcutaneous mass. Clin Exp Dermatol, 39(3), 425-7. PMID: 24635096.

Elas, D., Stone, M. S., Swick, B., Miller, M. & Stockdale, C. (2014). Botryomycosis of the vulva: a case report. J Low Genit Tract Dis, 18(3), e80-3. PMID: 24402357.

McClanahan, C., Asarch, A. & Swick, B. L. (2014). Black spot poison ivy. Int J Dermatol, 53(6), 752-3. PMID: 24601999.

Rysgaard, C., Alexander, E. & Swick, B. L. (2014). Nodular secondary syphilis with associated granulomatous inflammation: case report and literature review. J Cutan Pathol, 41(4), 370-9. PMID: 24447075.

Wilson, T. C., Stone, M. S. & Swick, B. L. (2014). Histiocytoid Sweet Syndrome With Haloed Myeloid Cells Masquerading as a Cryptococcal Infection. Am J Dermatopathol, 36(3), 264-9. PMID: 23739245.

Ferguson, N. N., Asarch, A., VanBeek, M. & Swick, B. L. (2013). Acute mucocutaneous methotrexate toxicity associated with interface dermatitis and numerous eosinophils. Am J Dermatopathol, 35(4), e63-6. PMID: 23221488.

Farah, R., Ferguson, N. N. & Swick, B. L. (2013). Lichen planopilaris. Cutis, 92(1), 11, 17-8. PMID: 23961528.

Farah, R. S., Hochwalt, P. C. & Swick, B. L. (2013). Congenital facial papule. Clin Exp Dermatol, 38(4), 439-40. PMID: 23496775.

Hochwalt, P. C., Swick, B. L. & VanBeek, M. (2013). Numerous facial lesions in a 47-year-old woman. JAMA Dermatol, 149(2), 223. PMID: 23426483.

Rogers, L. M., Riordan, J. D., Swick, B. L., Meyerholz, D. K. & Dupuy, A. J. (2013). Ectopic expression of Zmiz1 induces cutaneous squamous cell malignancies in a mouse model of cancer. J Invest Dermatol, 133(7), 1863-9. PMID: 23739245.

Ferguson, N. N., Wendel, A., Farah, R., Liu, V. & Swick, B. L. (2013). Postsurgical erosive papulonodular dermatosis. J Am Acad Dermatol, 69(4), e188-9. PMID: 24034394.

Swick, B. L., Srikantha, R. & Messingham, K. N. (2013). Specific analysis of KIT and PDGFR-alpha expression and mutational status in Merkel cell carcinoma. J Cutan Pathol, 40(7), 623-30. PMID: 23426136.

Fernandez, K. H., Liu, V. & Swick, B. L. (2013). Nonuremic calciphylaxis associated with histologic changes of pseudoxanthoma elasticum. Am J Dermatopathol, 35(1), 106-8. PMID: 22892472.

Adarch, A. D., Swick, B. L. & Fairley, J. A. (2012). Cryptic esophageal pemphigus vulgaris despite apparent clinical remission. J Am Acad Dermatol, 67(5), e213-4. PMID: 23062919.

Wilson, T. C., Legler, A., Madison, K. C., Fairley, J. A. & Swick, B. L. (2012). Erythema migrans: a spectrum of histopathologic changes. Am J Dermatopathol, 34(8), 834-7. PMID: 22722463.

Swick, B. L. (2012). Polymerase chain reaction-based molecular diagnosis of cutaneous infections in dermatopathology. Semin Cutan Med Surg, 31(4), 241-6. PMID: 23174494.

Eppsteiner, R. W., Swick, B. L., Milhem, M. M., Hoffman, H. T. & Pagedar, N. A. (2012). Sentinel node biopsy for head and neck desmoplastic melanoma: not a given. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 147(2), 271-4. PMID: 22399279.

Swick, B. L. (2012). Practice Gaps. Overreliance on tissue eosinophilia in diagnosing drug eruptions. Arch Dermatol, 148(2), 194. PMID: 22351818.

Vanourny, J., Swick, B. L. (2012). Sweet syndrome with systemic inflammatory response syndrome. Arch Dermatol, 148(8), 969-70. PMID: 2911211.

Hochwalt, P. C., Swick, B. L. & Liu, V. (2012). Nonhealing ulcer of the left fifth finger. Arch Dermatol, 148(7), 849-54. PMID: 22801625.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2012). Interstitial granulomatous dermatitis associated with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. Cutis, 90(1), 30-2. PMID: 22908730.

Swick, B. L., Baum, C. L., Venkat, A. P. & Liu, V. (2011). Indolent CD8+ lymphoid proliferation of the ear: report of two cases and review of the literature. J Cutan Pathol, 38(2), 209-15. PMID: 21083681.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2011). Simulation of cutaneous Bowen's disease by freeze artifact in tissue briefly fixed in formalin. Int J Dermatol, 50(6), 757-8. PMID: 21595679.

Halbesleben, J. J., Swick, B. L. (2011). Localized acral pityriasis lichenoides chronica: report of a case. J Dermatol, 38(8), 832-4. PMID: 21352323.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2011). Treatment options for hyperhidrosis. Am J Clin Dermatol, 12(5), 285-95. PMID: 21714579.

Hughart, R., Katz, P. J., Ray, T. L. & Swick, B. L. (2011). Paronychia and necrotic nodules. Arch Dermatol, 147(11), 1317-22. PMID: 22106120.

Bassis, A. V., Fairley, J. A., Ameln, R. T. & Swick, B. L. (2011). Cutaneous Rosai-Dorfman disease following pneumococcal vaccination. J Am Acad Dermatol, 65(4), 890-2. PMID: 21920257.

Baum, C. L., Neppalli, V. T., Link, B., Swick, B. L. & Liu, V. (2011). Reappraisal of the provisional entity primary cutaneous CD4+ small/medium pleomorphic T-cell lymphoma: a series of 10 adult and pediatric patients and review of the literature. J Am Acad Dermatol, 65(4), 739-48. PMID: 21641676.

Halbesleben, J., Swick, B. L. (2010). Nodules on the feet--quiz case. Arch Dermatol, 146(5), 557-62. PMID: 20479312.

Swick, B. L., Walling, H. W. & Stone, M. S. (2010). Solitary erythematous nodule on the back. Arch Dermatol, 146(4), 439-44. PMID: 20404237.

Pietras, T. A., Baum, C. L. & Swick, B. L. (2010). Coexistent Kaposi sarcoma, cryptococcosis, and Mycobacterium avium intracellulare in a solitary cutaneous nodule in a patient with AIDS: report of a case and literature review. J Am Acad Dermatol, 62(4), 676-80. PMID: 20227582.

Schupbach, A., Swick, B. L. (2010). Numerous hyperpigmented macules on the trunk. Clin Exp Dermatol, 35(4), e169-71. PMID: 20518904.

Sahai, S., Swick, B. L. (2010). Hyperkeratotic eruption, hand-foot skin reaction, facial erythema, and stomatitis secondary to multi-targeted kinase inhibitor sorafenib. Int J Dermatol, 49(10), 1203-6. PMID: 20883411.

Swick, B. L., Gordon, J. R. (2010). Superficially invasive transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder associated with distant cutaneous metastases. J Cutan Pathol, 37(12), 1245-50. PMID: 19919656.

Swick, B. L., reddy, S. C., Friedrichs, A. & Stone, M. S. (2010). Disseminated Scopulariopsis-culture is required to distinguish from other disseminated mould infections. J Cutan Pathol, 37(6), 687-91. PMID: 19615008.

Swick, B. L., Walling, H. W. (2010). Use of a towel clamp as a surgical instrument. Dermatol Surg, 36(11), 1737-8. PMID: 20849543.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2010). Cutaneous fixed drug eruption to fluconazole. J Drugs Dermatol, 9(8), 1025-8. PMID: 20684158.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2010). Update on the management of chronic eczema: new approaches and emerging treatment options. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol, 28(3), 99-117. PMID: 21437065.

Swick, B. L. (2009). Monograph on miliaria. Epocrates Inc.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2009). Squamous cell carcinoma arising in nevus comedonicus. Dermatol Surg, 35(1), 144-6. PMID: 19076196.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2009). Pityriasis rubra pilaris responding rapidly to adalimumab. Arch Dermatol, 145(1), 99-101. PMID: 19153364.

Swick, B. L. (2009). Monograph on lichen simplex chronicus. Epocrates Inc.

Bhawan, J., Swick, B. L., Koff, A. B. & Stone, M. S. (2009). Sclerotic bodies in nephrogenic systemic fibrosis: a new histopathologic finding. J Cutan Pathol, 36(5), 548-52. PMID: 19476523.

Swick, B. L., Baum, C. L. & Walling, H. W. (2009). Rippled-pattern trichoblastoma with apocrine differentiation arising in a nevus sebaceus: report of a case and review of the literature. J Cutan Pathol, 36(11), 1200-5. PMID: 19469871.

Swick, B. L., DeBates, S. M. (2009). A solitary nodule on the finger. Arch Dermatol, 145(3), 321-326. PMID: 19289770.

Swick, B. L. (2009). Monograph on pityriasis versicolor. Epocrates Inc.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2009). Identifying a tissue floater on Mohs frozen sections. Dermatol Surg, 35(6), 1009-10. PMID: 19397652.

Swick, B. L., Ravdel, L., Fitzpatrick, J. E. & Robinson, W. A. (2008). Platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha mutational status and immunohistochemical expression in Merkel cell carcinoma: implications for treatment with imatinib mesylate. J Cutan Pathol, 35(2), 197-202. PMID: 18190445.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. & Boddicker, M. E. (2008). Frictional hyperkeratotic hand dermatitis responding to Grenz ray therapy. Contact Dermatitis, 58(1), 49-51. PMID: 18154560.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2008). Intranasal formication correlates with diagnosis of delusions of parasitosis. J Am Acad Dermatol, 58(2 Suppl), S35-6. PMID: 18191698.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L., Gerami, P. & Scupham, R. K. (2008). Folliculotropic mycosis fungoides responding to bexarotene gel. J Drugs Dermatol, 7(2), 169-71. PMID: 18335654.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2008). Monograph on malignant melanoma. In Epocrates. An athenahealth company.

Swick, B. L. (2008). Floret-like multinucleated giant cells in a neurofibromatosis type 1-associated neurofibroma. Am J Dermatopathol, 30(6), 632-4. PMID: 19033946.

Swick, B. L., Walling, H. W. (2008). Depigmented patches with an annular inflammatory border. Clin Exp Dermatol, 33(5), 671-2. PMID: 18801102.

Swick, B. L., Walling, H. W. (2007). Papular eruption in an HIV-infected man. Disseminated histoplasmosis with cutaneous and gastrointestinal involvement. Arch Dermatol, 143(2), 255-60. PMID: 17310009.

Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. (2007). Psychocutaneous syndromes: a call for revised nomenclature. Clin Exp Dermatol, 32(3), 317-19. PMID: 17397356.

Swick, B. L., Ravdel, L., Fitzpatrick, J. E. & Robinson, W. A. (2007). Merkel cell carcinoma: evaluation of KIT (CD117) expression and failure to demonstrate activating mutations in the C-KIT proto-oncogene - implications for treatment with imatinib mesylate. J Cutan Pathol, 34(4), 324-329. PMID: 17381803.

DeBloom, J. R., Friedrichs, A., Swick, B. L. & Whitaker, D. C. (2006). Management of cutaneous angiomyolipoma and its association with tuberous sclerosis. J Dermatol, 33(11), 783-6. PMID: 17073994.

Seema, S., Swick, B. L. & Stone, M. S. (2005). Self-Assessment examination of the American Academy of Dermatology identification number 805-209, A diffuse papulosquamous eruption. J Am Acad Dermatol, 53(3), 552-4.

Swick, B. L., Walling, H. W. (2005). Drug-induced delusions of parasitosis during treatment of Parkinson’s disease. J Am Acad Dermatol, 53(6), 1086-7. PMID: 16310077.

A, G. P., Walling, H. W., Swick, B. L. & Sontheimer, R. D. (2004). Chronic penile ulceration in a 72-year-old man. Arch Dermatol, 140(7), 877-82. PMID: 15262703.

Swick, B. L., Stone, M. S. (2003). Hyperpigmented petechial patch on the ankle: Self-Assessment examination of the American Academy of Dermatology identification number 803-211. J Am Acad Dermatol, 49(5), 971-4.

Walling, H. W. (2003). Pathophysiology. M. R. Klein , B. L. Swick (Eds.) The College Network, Indianapolis, IN.

Swick, B. L., Stone, M. S. (2001). Self-Assessment examination of the American Academy of Dermatology identification number 801-203. J Am Acad Dermat, 44(3), 554-555, 558-559.