Brian L. Swick, MD, FAAD

Associate Residency Program Director
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.


, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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). 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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., 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.

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

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

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.

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

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. (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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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). Intranasal formication correlates with diagnosis of delusions of parasitosis. J Am Acad Dermatol, 58(2 Suppl), S35-6. PMID: 18191698.

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. (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.