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Areas of Expertise

Dr Victoria Swale performs a range of treatments including:

Some of the conditions she commonly treats are:

Personal Biography

Dr Victoria Swale attended the University of Southampton Medical School 1992, passed the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) exam in 1995, and was elected to Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2008. Dr Swale was a member of The British Association of Dermatologists’ Therapy and Guidelines Committee between 2011 – 2016.

Dr Swale is a council member for the British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases and organised the highly successful Annual Conference of the British Society for the Study of Vulval Diseases in 2019.

In 2004, she was awarded an MD from the University of London for her research into genetic aspects of skin cancer and has lectured widely in Dermatology and Dermatopathology on several annual courses and invited lectures.



Dr Victoria Swale has achieved multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals:

Key Publications

  • Almadori A, Zenner N, Boyle D, Swale V, Reid W, Maclean A, Butler PEM
    Development and Validation of a Clinical Grading Scale to Assess the Vulvar Region: The Vulvar Architecture Severity Scale
    Aesthet Surg J. 2020 Nov 19;40(12):1319-1326
  • Almadori A, Hansen E, Boyle D, Zenner N, Swale V, Reid W, Maclane A, Butler PEM.
    Fat Grafting Improves Fibrosis and Scarring in Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus: Results From a Prospective Cohort Study
    J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2020 Mar 19
  • F Bakr, N Webber, H Fassihi, V Swale, F Lewis, E Rytina, G Tamar Ben-Zvi, P Norris, O Espinosa, S Dhar, P Craig and A Robson
    Primary and secondary intralymphatic histiocytosis
    Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2014; 70 (5): 927-933
  • Rice SA, Swale VJ, Haque R, Rustin MH.
    Erythroderma in the emergency department
    BMJ 2013 Jun 13;346:f3613
  • Goulding JM, Levine S, Blizard RA, Deroide F, Swale VJ.
    Dermatological surgery: a comparison of activity and outcomes in primary and secondary care
    Br J Dermatol. 2009 Jul;161(1):110-4. Epub 2009 May 12
  • Harwood CA, McGregor JM, Swale VJ, Proby CM, Leigh IM, Newton R, Khorshid SM, Cerio R.
    High frequency and diversity of cutaneous appendageal tumors in organ transplant recipients.
    J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 Mar;48(3):401-8.
  • Harwood CA, Swale VJ, Bataille VA, Quinn AG, Ghali L, Patel SV, Dove-Edwin I, Cerio R, McGregor JM.
    An association between sebaceous carcinoma and microsatellite instability in immunosuppressed organ transplant recipients.
    J Invest Dermatol. 2001 Feb;116(2):246-53.
  • Swale VJ, Quinn AG, Wheeler JM, Beck NE, Dove-Edwin I, Thomas HJ, Bodmer WF, Bataille VA.
    Microsatellite instability in benign skin lesions in hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer syndrome.
    J Invest Dermatol. 1999 Dec;113(6):901-5

Get to know Dr Victoria Swale..


What keeps you busy in your personal life?

I am married with three daughters, two cats and a new cocker spaniel puppy. We live near Hampstead Heath where I enjoy walking and swimming in the Ponds. I enjoy classical music, travel, good food and theatre, and play the flute.

  • What are your particular areas of interest?

    My research was into family cancer syndromes and I worked with many individuals affected by melanoma and multiple moles. I am a core member of the skin cancer team in my NHS trust, and am experienced in lesion diagnosis, dermoscopy and mole mapping. I also lead the dermatology vulval service in my NHS hospital. I am involved in regular teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and the examinations for the Dermatology specialist qualification.

  • Do you think it’s important for patients to understand their medical condition?

    Yes, absolutely. A good understanding of the problem enables the doctor and patient to form a partnership in approaching the problem. It helps with choosing the best treatment options for that individual, and with understanding any side effects.

  • How long are your consultations?

    Both initial and follow up consultations are for 25 minutes. This allows time for listening, questions, explanations and discussion, aiming for a holistic and personal approach, tailored to a patient’s condition and its impact on their life.

  • Is there an advantage to being a pathologist as well as a dermatologist?

    Yes – my thorough understanding of pathology helps me make more accurate diagnoses, and guides suitable tests and treatments. All these help support targeted and effective patient care with good outcomes.