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

Staged Full-Thickness Excisions and Porcine Xenograft Placement for Extensive Dissecting Cellulitis of the Scalp.
Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Surg 2019 10 45 10 1324-1327
Mohs Micrographic Surgery as the Standard of Care for Nail Unit Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
Gou D, Nijhawan RI, Srivastava D, Dermatol Surg 2019 Sep
Aggressive Digital Papillary Adenocarcinoma Initially Misdiagnosed as Basal Cell Carcinoma.
Chen ELA, Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Surg 2019 Sep
Multimedia Technology Used to Supplement Patient Consent for Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
West L, Srivastava D, Goldberg LH, Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Surg 2019 Sep
Initial Skin Cancer Screening for Solid Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States: Delphi Method Development of Expert Consensus Guidelines.
Crow LD, Jambusaria-Pahlajani A, Chung CL, Baran DA, Lowenstein SE, Abdelmalek M, Ahmed RL, Anadkat MJ, Arcasoy SM, Berg D, Bibee KP, Billingsley E, Black WH, Blalock TW, Bleicher M, Brennan DC, Brodland DG, Brown MR, Carroll BT, Carucci JA, Chang TW, Chaux G, Cusack CA, Dilling DF, Doyle A, Emtiazjoo AM, Ferguson NH, Fosko SW, Fox MC, Goral S, Gray AL, Griffin JR, Hachem RR, Hall SA, Hanlon AM, Hayes D, Hickey GW, Holtz J, Hopkins RS, Hu J, Huang CC, Jiang SIB, Kapnadak SG, Kraus ES, Lease ED, Leca N, Lee JC, Leitenberger JJ, Lim MA, Longo MI, Malik SM, Mallea JM, Menter A, Myers SA, Neuburg M, Nijhawan RI, Norman DJ, Otley CC, Paek SY, Parulekar AD, Patel MJ, Patel VA, Patton TJ, Pugliano-Mauro M, Ranganna K, Ravichandran AK, Redenius R, Roll GR, Samie FH, Shin T, Singer JP, Singh P, Soon SL, Soriano T, Squires R, Stasko T, Stein JA, Taler SJ, Terrault NA, Thomas CP, Tokman S, Tomic R, Twigg AR, Wigger MA, Zeitouni NC, Arron ST, Transpl. Int. 2019 Sep
Implementation of an adjustable standing desk inking station for improved ergonomics in Mohs surgery.
Schauder DM, Nijhawan RI, J Am Acad Dermatol 2019 Aug
Reducing Anxiety With Art Activities During the Mohs Micrographic Surgery Waiting Period.
Insley A, West L, Goff HW, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Surg 2019 Aug
How We Do It: Tacking Sutures to Shrink Mohs Defects of the Lower Lip.
Bayers S, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Surg 2019 Aug
Practical Updates in Cutaneous Oncology and Dermatologic Surgery.
Nijhawan RI, Srivastava D, Dermatol Clin 2019 Jul 37 3 xv
Optimizing Patient Safety in Dermatologic Surgery.
Smith C, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Clin 2019 Jul 37 3 319-328


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)