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

Evaluation of the Use of Capecitabine for the Treatment and Prevention of Actinic Keratoses, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Basal Cell Carcinoma: A Systematic Review.
Schauder DM, Kim J, Nijhawan RI, JAMA Dermatol 2020 Jul
Surgical Management and Practices in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Survey of U.S. Dermatologic Surgeons.
Murzaku EC, Shi K, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, J Am Acad Dermatol 2020 Jun
A retrospective analysis of atypical fibroxanthoma treated with Mohs micrographic surgery at a single academic institution.
Matsumoto A, Brown Z, Matsumoto M, Vandergriff T, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, J Am Acad Dermatol 2020 Jun
Collision tumor of microcystic adnexal carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma discovered on Mohs sections.
Ken KM, Moye MS, Vandergriff T, Nijhawan RI, JAAD Case Rep 2020 Jun 6 6 479-481
Tethered Epidermal Edges in Mohs Surgery - A Cheese Pizza Analogy and Solution.
Ken KM, Rohani P, Fathi R, Nijhawan RI, J Am Acad Dermatol 2020 Apr
Basal cell carcinoma invasion of the lacrimal system.
Rush JL, Nijhawan RI, JAAD Case Rep 2020 Apr 6 4 276-278
Commentary on Oral and Intraincisional Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Mohs Surgery.
Matsumoto A, Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Surg 2020 04 46 4 560-561
Repair of Medial Canthal Defects.
Walocko FM, Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Surg 2020 Mar
Cartilage sutures for a large nasal defect.
Condie D, Fathi R, Nijhawan RI, Cutis 2020 Jan 105 1 44-45
Hyaluronidase injections for treatment of symptomatic pansclerotic morphea-induced microstomia.
Abbas LF, Coias J, Jacobe HT, Nijhawan RI, JAAD Case Rep 2019 Oct 5 10 871-873


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)