Dr Swain has more than 25 years experience as a practicing Anatomical Pathologist with her main scope of practice being Dermatopathology. She has worked in public and private practice and has been the Melanoma review pathologist at the Alfred Hospital and Peter Mac in Melbourne. Dr Swain has worked extensively with general practitioners, dermatologists and plastic surgeons and has a long history of educational and teaching involvement for which she was conferred an Associate membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dermatologists. Dr Swain has completed dermatopathology rotations at the Ackerman Academy in New York with Dr A. Bernard Ackerman and with Professor Lorenzo Cerrone in Graz, Austria.
Dr Swain was a member of the Expert Group for the structured reporting of melanoma and has been the programme convenor for the Australasian Dermatopathology Society (ADS) Annual Conference. She has a comprehensive background in case presentations and lectures with the International Academy of Pathology and at the update meetings of the RCPA and the ADS
Interests: Dermatopathology – Specifically melanocytic lesions, non-melanocytic skin cancers, inflammatory skin conditions
Articles & Presentations:
1. The Impact of partial biopsy on the histopathological diagnosis of cutaneous melanoma. Experience of an Australian Tertiary Referral Service. J. Ng, S. Swain, J. P Dowling, T. Wolfe, P. Simpson, J. Kelly: Arch. Dermatol, March 2010, Vol 146 (No.3), 234 – 239
2. Efficacy of Imiquimod Cream 5% for Lentigo Maligna after complete excision, a study of 43 patients. L. Ly, J. Kelly, R. O’Keefe, T. Sutton, J. P Dowling, S. Swain et AL; Arch Dermatol Oct 2011, Vol 147, No. 10, 1191 – 1195
3. Data set for Pathology Reporting of Cutaneous invasive Melanoma : Recommendations from the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR). R Scolyer et al, AM. J. Surg, Pathol, Dec 2013, Vol 37, No. 12, 1197 – 1814
4. Melanoma (s) arising in large segmental speckled lentiginous naevi : a case series. L. Ly, M. Christie, S. Swain, J. Kelly; JAAD June 2011, 64 (6), 1190 – 3