Susan M. Swetter, MD

Susan M. Swetter, MD

Dermatologist, Dermatologic oncologist, Cutaneous oncology specialist, Melanoma specialist

Bio:   Susan M. Swetter, M.D., is a Professor of Dermatology, Assistant Chief of the Dermatology Service at the VA Palo Alto, and Director of the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program at Stanford University Medical Center and Cancer Institute. She also serves as Physician Leader of the Cancer Care Program in Cutaneous Oncology at Stanford. Dr. Swetter's research interests encompass both primary and secondary melanoma prevention, including therapeutic prevention strategies in patients with atypical nevi and targeted screening/education of high-risk groups for improved melanoma awareness and early detection. Her clinical interests are in cutaneous oncology/melanoma (at both Stanford and VA Palo Alto) and adult general medical dermatology (at VA Palo Alto).
4.9 out of 5
218 Patient Ratings
31 Patient Comments

Cancer Immunotherapy Program

Supportive Dermato-Oncology Clinic

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 3rd Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Skin Cancer Program in Palo Alto

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 3rd Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Dermatology, American Board of Dermatology (1994)
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (1994) CA
  • Chief Residency, Stanford University, Dermatology (1994)
  • Dermatology Residency, Stanford University, Dermatology (1994)
  • Internship: UCSF Medical Center (1991) CA
  • Internship, Univ. of California, San Francisco, Internal Medicine (1991)
  • Medical Education: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1990) PA
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, Medicine (1990)
  • BA, University of Virginia, Interdisciplinary Studies (1986)

Honors & Awards

  • Nominated, Kaiser Award for Clinical Teaching, Stanford University School of Medicine (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Nominated, Franklin G. Ebaugh, Jr. Award (outstanding dedication to advising medical students), Stanford University School of Medicine (1999, 2001, 2004, 2009)
  • Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford University School of Medicine (2004, 2009)
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award, President’s Council on Service & Civic Participation, Corporation for National & Community Service (2007)
  • Leadership Award, Melanoma Care Coalition (2007)
  • Elected Member, American Dermatological Association (2011)
  • Humanitarian Award Recipient, Melanoma Research Foundation (2012)

Administrative Appointments

  • Member, Melanoma/Skin Cancer Committee, American Academy of Dermatology (1999 - 2009)
  • Member, Scientific Programs Committee, Melanoma Section, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2006 - 2008)
  • Member, Melanoma Clinical Guidelines Task Force, American Academy of Dermatology (2006 - 2012)
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Cancer Society, Santa Clara County Unit (2007 - Present)
  • Member, Melanoma Panel, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2007 - Present)
  • President, Board of Directors, American Cancer Society, Santa Clara County Unit (2009 - 2011)
  • Medical Advisory Panel, Melanoma Research Alliance (2013 - Present)
  • Advisory Board, Stanford Women and Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM) Center (2014 - Present)
  • Physician Leader, Cancer Care Program in Cutaneous Oncology, Stanford Cancer Institute (2012 - Present)
  • Director, Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program, Stanford Cancer Institute (1995 - Present)

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SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I felt very well taken care of by Dr. Swetler she was very knowledgeable and kind. The only minor feedback is that she said I would be able to exercise vigorously immediately after the proposed wide after local excision of my melanoma, and that was unrealistic.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. swetter and her assistant provided excellent care.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

The best!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Swetter is the best.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Susan was especially great during my last visit! I felt like I had her full attention and she very graciously answered all of my questions.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Swetter and her staff were very informative and open, very willing to answer questions and her visit note was very detail, so easy to understand and follow.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Swetter was very thorough in explaining everything. I would of loved for her to be my follow up Dr. I was referred to follow up w/Dr. Fu.

SHC Patient, May 2016

World class service.

SHC Patient, May 2016

In my book, Dr. Swetter is THE BEST!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Swetter is a world-class expert. I receive superb care. I feel fortunate to be her patient.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Swetter is excellent - both her clinical expertise & her interpersonal & communication skills with patients!

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4.9 out of 5
218 Patient Ratings
31 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

I felt very well taken care of by Dr. Swetler she was very knowledgeable and kind. The only minor feedback is that she said I would be able to exercise vigorously immediately after the proposed wide after local excision of my melanoma, and that was unrealistic.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. swetter and her assistant provided excellent care.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

The best!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Swetter is the best.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Susan was especially great during my last visit! I felt like I had her full attention and she very graciously answered all of my questions.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Swetter and her staff were very informative and open, very willing to answer questions and her visit note was very detail, so easy to understand and follow.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Swetter was very thorough in explaining everything. I would of loved for her to be my follow up Dr. I was referred to follow up w/Dr. Fu.

SHC Patient, May 2016

World class service.

SHC Patient, May 2016

In my book, Dr. Swetter is THE BEST!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Swetter is a world-class expert. I receive superb care. I feel fortunate to be her patient.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Swetter is excellent - both her clinical expertise & her interpersonal & communication skills with patients!

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I cannot tell you enough how impressed I was with Dr. Swetter, her staff, her records & her responsiveness to my concerns.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Swetter has been an outstanding doctor since I found out I had melanoma. I am very confident in her abilities.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

They always take their time to answer all questions.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

No bad experience at all since last year, everybody is nice and the doctor explains everything clearly. She's a very nice doctor.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. S. is great!

SHC Patient, May 2015

I have no complaints.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Excellent provider -

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Swetter. Very thorough & personable.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. Swetter is just plain good... friendly, upbeat, very knowledgeable, kind.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Love Dr. Swetter.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Swetter is one of the most outstanding doctors I have ever consulted.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Susan Swetter is an outstanding doctor. Very kind and very professional -

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Stanford is the best I tell everyone about you.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

I'm happy.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Gave excellent summary of what the care would be & issues involved - TWICE.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Dr. Swetter is an excellent physician. I don't think she is taking new patients, so its not like I can recommend her to others.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Dr. Swetter, Larry Morris, Dr. Rogen are all extremely reassuring, knowledgeable, kind, caring.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Dr. Swetter and the resident were very thorough and informative and kind. I felt confident of their care.