Ank Nijhawan, M.D.

Ank Nijhawan, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine
  • HIV
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections


Ank Nijhawan, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in HIV care, both in the outpatient setting and at the Dallas County jail.

Dr. Nijhawan earned her medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical School. She completed a residency in internal medicine at UT Southwestern and received advanced training in infectious diseases, including a clinical year dedicated solely to HIV, through a combined fellowship program at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She then pursued a clinical research fellowship at Brown University/Miriam Hospital. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in infectious diseases, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012.

Dr. Nijhawan conducts clinical research in the area of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, with a focus on epidemiology and health services. She brings to UT Southwestern a unique combination of HIV clinical expertise and clinical research in vulnerable populations, particularly in correctional facilities. She has delivered a number of invited lectures, received significant grant support for her research, and published numerous academic articles related to HIV, correctional health, and health disparities.

She is a member of the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the National Institutes of Health’s Center for AIDS Research working group on Justice, Substance Use, HIV/AIDS Involved Populations. Additionally, she serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Denver Prevention and Training Center Advisory Committee and on the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Personal Note

Dr. Nijhawan’s interests outside the hospital include her two children, soccer, running, and camping.

Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Harvard School of Public Health (2008-2009)
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical School (2001-2004), Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - Brown University Program (2007-2009), Research
  • Graduate School - Harvard School of Public Health (2008-2009)
  • Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Woman's Hospital (2005-2007), Infectious Diseases
  • Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (1997-2001)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
Honors & Awards
  • Selected to the LEAD (Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments) Program 2018, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Selected for the Mentoring Excellence Program Sponsored by the Center for Translational Medicine 2016, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • 12 Best Internal Medicine Grand Rounds 2015, UT Southwestern Department of Internal Medicine
  • Selected for Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Program 2014, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Clinical Scholar 2012-2015, UT Southwestern Clinical and Translational Alliance for Research
  • American STD Association Developmental Award 2010-2012, Research grant for young investigator in field of STDs
  • Developmental Award 2009, American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
  • Prix du Cercle Thesis Award 1996, Princeton University
Books & Publications
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • HIV
  • Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Health Disparities
  • Correctional Health

Clinical Focus

  • HIV
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Overlap of Infectious Diseases and Substance Use, Particularly in Criminal Justice-Involved Populations

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