Biography

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. 

 

Education

Medical School
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (2009)
Internship
Columbia University/St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center (2010), Internal Medicine
Residency
St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University (2013), Dermatology
Fellowship
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

Publications

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Skin of color education in dermatology residency programs: does residency training reflect the changing demographics of the United States?
Nijhawan RI, Jacob SE, Woolery-Lloyd H J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2008 Oct 59 4 615-8
The role of patch testing in contact urticaria.
Nijhawan RI, Jacob SE J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2008 Aug 59 2 354-5
Transcriptional profiling defines the roles of ERK and p38 kinases in epidermal keratinocytes.
Gazel A, Nijhawan RI, Walsh R, Blumenberg M J. Cell. Physiol. 2008 May 215 2 292-308
Sun protection fun: an educational outreach initiative by a dermatology interest group.
Nijhawan RI, Patel SS, Stechschulte S, Jacob SE J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2007 Dec 57 6 1091-2

Books

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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)