Dr. Nijhawan is originally from the Netherlands although she has spent most of her life in the United States. She completed medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2001. She received her internal medicine training at Parkland Hospital/UT Southwestern. She completed her infectious diseases fellowship, including a clinical year dedicated solely to HIV, at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital combined training program. She then pursued a clinical research fellowship at Brown University/Miriam Hospital. She obtained a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009.

Dr. Nijhawan’s clinical work is currently focused on HIV care, both in the outpatient setting and at the Dallas county jail.

She conducts clinical research in the area of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, with a focus on epidemiology and health services. She brings to UTSW the unique combination of HIV clinical expertise and clinical research in vulnerable populations, particularly in correctional health. Dr. Nijhawan’s interests outside the hospital include her two children, soccer, running, and camping.


Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2001)
UT Southwestern Medical School (2004), Internal Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Woman's Hospital (2007), Infectious Diseases
Other Post Graduate Training
Harvard School of Public Health (2009)
Graduate School
Harvard School of Public Health (2009)
Brown University Program (2009), Research

Research Interest

  • Correctional health
  • Health disparities
  • Health services and outcomes research
  • HIV
  • Sexually transmitted infections


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Honors & Awards

  • Clinical Scholar- UT Center for Translational Medicine
    Research training program for junior faculty (2012-2015)
  • American STD Association Developmental Award
    Research grant for young investigator in field of STDs (2010-2012)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health (2016)
  • Center for AIDS Research- Collaboration on HIV in Corrections (CFAR-CHIC) (2010)
  • Society of Hospital Medicine (2009-2010)
  • Society of Correctional Physicians (2007)
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (2005)