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

Cutaneous Surgery in Patients Who Are Pregnant or Breastfeeding.
Li JN, Nijhawan RI, Srivastava D, Dermatol Clin 2019 Jul 37 3 307-317
Melanoma In Situ, Treated With Mohs Surgery, Upstaged to a Desmoplastic Melanoma.
Marzolf S, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI, Dermatol Surg 2019 Jul
Medical Oversight and Scope of Practice of Medical Spas (Med-Spas).
Gibson JF, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI Dermatol Surg 2019 Feb
A Defect Involving the Medial Cheek and Full-Thickness Nose.
Nijhawan RI Dermatol Surg 2019 Jan
Commentary on Repair of Apical Triangle Defects Using Melolabial Rotation Flaps.
Fathi R, Nijhawan RI Dermatol Surg 2019 Jan
Multiple reactive keratoacanthomas treated with zinc oxide wraps and intralesional corticosteroids.
West L, Ayoade K, Vandergriff T, Nijhawan RI JAAD Case Rep 2018 Aug 4 7 701-704
Aggressive squamous cell carcinoma in a patient on the Janus kinase inhibitor ruxolitinib.
Aboul-Fettouh N, Nijhawan RI JAAD Case Rep 2018 Jun 4 5 455-457
The multidisciplinary tumor board for the management of cutaneous neoplasms: A national survey of academic medical centers.
Scott BL, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2018 Jun 78 6 1216-1218.e3
Cells to Surgery Quiz: June 2018.
West LB, Nijhawan RI J. Invest. Dermatol. 2018 Jun 138 6 e45
Mohs Micrographic Surgery: Development, Technique, and Applications in Cutaneous Malignancies.
Chen ELA, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI Semin Plast Surg 2018 May 32 2 60-68


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)