Rajiv I. Nijhawan, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist who is fellowship trained in Mohs Micrographic and Reconstructive Surgery. He specializes in the surgical management of skin cancers (such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and other rare skin cancers) as well as reconstructive surgery. He is an Associate Professor of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Director of the Parkland Memorial Hospital Skin Tumor Clinic. In addition, he is the Director of the UTSW High Risk Skin Cancer Transplant Clinic and Assistant Fellowship Program Director of the UTSW Micrographic Surgery & Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship. 

Dr. Nijhawan completed a highly competitive six-year accelerated combined Bachelor’s and Medical Degree (BS/MD) program at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He graduated with research distinction and at the top of his class as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. As a medical student, he was also inducted to the Iron Arrow Honor Society - considered the highest honor attained at the university. He subsequently completed dermatology residency training at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City where he served as chief resident. He then pursued advanced procedural dermatology training through a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, reconstructive surgery, and cosmetic dermatology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, also in New York City.

Dr. Nijhawan has conducted research on a wide range of dermatologic subspecialties. His work has been published widely in scientific journals, and he has presented at numerous national meetings. He is passionate about providing the highest quality of care for each and every patient he sees as well as advancing the field of dermatology. 



Medical School
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (2009)
Columbia University/St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center (2010), Internal Medicine
St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University (2013), Dermatology
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Weill Cornell Medical College (2014), Procedural Dermatology/Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Research Interest

  • High Risk Skin Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Patient Safety
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Resident Education
  • Skin Cancer in Transplant Recipients


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Factors predicting outcomes of patients with high-risk squamous cell carcinoma treated with Mohs micrographic surgery.
Matsumoto A, Li JN, Matsumoto M, Pineider J, Nijhawan RI, Srivastava D, J Am Acad Dermatol 2021 Jan
Janus Kinase Inhibitors and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer.
Greif CS, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, Curr Treat Options Oncol 2021 Jan 22 2 11
Nail Unit Melanoma In Situ Treated With Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Matsumoto A, Strickland N, Nijhawan RI, Srivastava D, Dermatol Surg 2021 Jan 47 1 98-103
Postoperative bleeding complications associated with blood thinning agents during Mohs micrographic surgery: A retrospective cohort study.
Taylor O, Carr C, Greif C, Garcia A, Tran S, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, J Am Acad Dermatol 2021 Jan 84 1 225-227
Factors associated with time to treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma.
Tripathi R, Bordeaux JS, Nijhawan RI, J Am Acad Dermatol 2020 Nov
The effect of antibiotic prophylaxis on infection rates in mohs micrographic surgery: a single-institution retrospective study.
Taylor O, Li JN, Carr C, Garcia A, Tran S, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, Arch Dermatol Res 2020 Oct
Intralesional methotrexate for keratoacanthomas: A retrospective cohort study.
Smith C, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, J Am Acad Dermatol 2020 Sep 83 3 904-905
Opioid Prescribing Recommendations After Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Reconstruction: A Delphi Consensus.
Donigan JM, Srivastava D, Maher I, Abdelmalek M, Bar AA, Blalock TW, Bordeaux JS, Brodland DG, Carroll BT, Council ML, Duffy K, Fathi R, Golda N, Johnson-Jahangir H, Konda S, Leitenberger JJ, Moye M, Nelson JL, Patel VA, Shaffer JJ, Soltani-Arabshahi R, Tristani-Firouzi P, Tschetter AJ, Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Surg 2020 Aug
Basal cell carcinoma masquerading as vitiligo in a young woman.
Pineider J, Ken KM, Savory S, Nijhawan RI, JAAD Case Rep 2020 Jul 6 7 584-586
Using a Mustarde-like Backcut to Maximize Crescentic Advancement Flaps for Large Nasomalar Defects.
Matsumoto A, Nijhawan RI, J Am Acad Dermatol 2020 Jul


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Mohs Surgery (2013)
  • American Academy of Dermatology (2010)
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (2010)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2008)
  • Alpha Epsilon Lamba Graduate Honor Society (2006)