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
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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The North-South Divide: Substance Use Risk, Care Engagement, and Viral Suppression Among Hospitalized Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Patients in 11 US Cities.
Philbin MM, Feaster DJ, Gooden L, Duan R, Das M, Jacobs P, Lucas GM, Batey DS, Nijhawan A, Jacobson JM, Mandler R, Daar E, McMahon DK, Armstrong WS, Del Rio C, Metsch LR, Clin. Infect. Dis. 2019 Jan 68 1 146-149
Improving HIV Care Engagement in the South from the Patient and Provider Perspective: The Role of Stigma, Social Support, and Shared Decision-Making.
Taylor BS, Fornos L, Tarbutton J, Muñoz J, Saber JA, Bullock D, Villarreal R, Nijhawan AE AIDS Patient Care STDS 2018 Sep 32 9 368-378
Patterns of Substance Use and Arrest Histories Among Hospitalized HIV Drug Users: A Latent Class Analysis.
Shiu-Yee K, Brincks AM, Feaster DJ, Frimpong JA, Nijhawan A, Mandler RN, Schwartz R, Del Rio C, Metsch LR, AIDS Behav 2018 Sep 22 9 2757-2765
Psychosocial Factors Associated with Problem Drinking Among Substance Users with Poorly Controlled HIV Infection.
Elliott JC, Brincks AM, Feaster DJ, Hasin DS, Del Rio C, Lucas GM, Rodriguez AE, Nijhawan AE, Metsch LR Alcohol Alcohol. 2018 Mar
HIV Care After Jail: Low Rates of Engagement in a Vulnerable Population.
Ammon B, Iroh P, Tiruneh Y, Li X, Montague BT, Rich JD, Nijhawan AE J Urban Health 2018 Mar
Acceptability of HIV Testing Among Jail Inmates When Combined With a Blood Test for Tuberculosis.
Nijhawan AE, Iroh PA, Porsa E J Correct Health Care 2018 Jan 1078345818762107


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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)