- Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Weill Cornell Medical College (2013-2014), Procedure Dermatology/Mohs Micrographic Surgery
- Residency - St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University (2010-2013), Dermatology
- Medical School - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (2005-2009)
- Internship - Columbia University/St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center (2009-2010), Internal Medicine
Rajiv Nijhawan, M.D.
- Dermatology - Surgical
- Skin Cancer
- Surgery for Skin Cancer
Rajiv Nijhawan, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Director of the Parkland Memorial Hospital Skin Tumor Clinic.
He is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in Mohs micrographic surgery, and he specializes in the surgical management of skin cancers as well as reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Nijhawan completed a highly competitive six-year accelerated combined bachelor's and medical degree (B.S./M.D.) program at the University of Miami School of Medicine. A member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, he graduated at the top of his class with a distinction in research.
He subsequently performed 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. He joined the UT Southwestern staff in 2014.
Dr. Nijhawan has conducted research in a wide range of dermatologic subspecialties. His work has been published widely in scientific journals, and he has presented at numerous national meetings, sharing his passion for providing the highest quality of care for each and every patient he sees and advancing the field of dermatology.
He is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
In 2019, Dr. Nijhawan was named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor Rising Star.
Meet Dr. Nijhawan
Skin cancer specialist in Dallas
Rajiv Nijhawan, M.D., specializes in treating all types of skin cancer quickly and effectively, providing the best functional and cosmetic outcomes possible for each patient.
Because there’s such a high volume of skin cancer in Texas, Dr. Nijhawan often performs Mohs surgery, a specialized technique for skin cancers.
“Mohs micrographic surgery offers the highest cure rate for most skin cancers,” Dr. Nijhawan says. “We can treat skin cancers in delicate areas, such areas on the face and neck, and examine all the edges of the skin and the entire depth to make sure that the entire skin cancer has been completely removed.”
Mohs surgery is most commonly used for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, but it can also be used for early, noninvasive melanomas as well as many rare skin tumors.
As part of the process of removing the skin cancer, Dr. Nijhawan also designs a reconstruction strategy – almost always performed the same day once the skin cancer has been completely removed – to optimize function and appearance while providing a healing time that is as quick and painless as possible.
Because patients aren’t under general anesthesia for Mohs surgery, Dr. Nijhawan and his team are able to talk to them and make them comfortable during the procedure.
“We’re able to hear their stories,” he says. “It doesn’t feel like work if you’re having fun and you know you’re making a difference.”
Dr. Nijhawan also performs a range of other surgical techniques to remove skin cancers, and he takes great interest in teaching these techniques to residents and fellows. In addition, when necessary for challenging cases, he consults with colleagues in other specialties to ensure the patient is receiving the best possible care.
He’s currently helping to develop a new high-risk skin cancer clinic focused on patients who have had an organ transplant.
“People with organ transplants are at a much higher risk for skin cancer because of the anti-rejection medications they take that are suppressing their immune systems,” Dr. Nijhawan says. “For some, it’s not a matter of if they’re going to get skin cancer; it’s a matter of when.”
Dr. Nijhawan and his colleagues are collecting data on transplant patients to contribute to a nationwide study that will help improve screening and treatment for skin cancer in transplant recipients. He’s pleased to be developing a dedicated clinic at UT Southwestern that will provide these patients with easy, rapid access to vigilant care.
“If you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, we’re going to do everything possible to make sure that it’s treated quickly and effectively, with a positive functional and cosmetic result,” he says. “We have an amazing team of physicians, nurses, and technicians, all of whom have the same goal of providing the utmost care for every patient we see.”
- Alpha Epsilon Lamba Graduate Honor Society (2006)
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2008)
- American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (2010)
- American Academy of Dermatology (2010)
- American College of Mohs Surgery (2013)
- Texas Monthly Super Doctor Rising Star 2019
Repair of Soft Tissue Facial Defects after Mohs Reconstruction.
Chen S, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI.(Ed.) (2017)
- Repair of Soft Tissue Facial Defects after Mohs Reconstruction.
Sun protection fun: an educational outreach initiative by a dermatology interest group.
Nijhawan RI, Patel SS, Stechschulte S, Jacob SE Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2007 Dec 57 6 1091-2
The role of patch testing in contact urticaria.
Nijhawan RI, Jacob SE Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2008 Aug 59 2 354-5
Transcriptional profiling defines the roles of ERK and p38 kinases in epidermal keratinocytes.
Gazel A, Nijhawan RI, Walsh R, Blumenberg M Journal of cellular physiology 2008 May 215 2 292-308
Skin of color education in dermatology residency programs: does residency training reflect the changing demographics of the United States?
Nijhawan RI, Jacob SE, Woolery-Lloyd H Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2008 Oct 59 4 615-8
Contact dermatitis: from basics to allergodromes.
Nijhawan RI, Matiz C, Jacob SE Pediatric annals 2009 Feb 38 2 99-108
Treatment for multiple periorbital eccrine hidrocystomas: botulinum toxin A.
Woolery-Lloyd H, Rajpara V, Nijhawan RI Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD 2009 Jan 8 1 71-3
Connubial dermatitis revisited: mother-to-child contact dermatitis.
Nijhawan RI, Jacob SE Dermatitis : contact, atopic, occupational, drug 2009 Jan-Feb 20 1 55-6
Patch testing: the whole in addition to the sum of its parts is greatest.
Nijhawan RI, Jacob SE Dermatitis : contact, atopic, occupational, drug 2009 Jan-Feb 20 1 58-9
Systemic contact dermatitis.
Nijhawan RI, Molenda M, Zirwas MJ, Jacob SE Dermatologic clinics 2009 Jul 27 3 355-64, vii
Skin cancer awareness, attitude, and sun protection behavior among medical students at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Patel SS, Nijhawan RI, Stechschulte S, Parmet Y, Rouhani P, Kirsner RS, Hu S Archives of dermatology 2010 Jul 146 7 797-800
Early localized morphea mimicking an acquired port-wine stain.
Nijhawan RI, Bard S, Blyumin M, Smidt AC, Chamlin SL, Connelly EA Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2011 Apr 64 4 779-82
Osteopontin in ossifying fibromyxoid tumor.
Nijhawan RI, Romagosa YF, Miteva M, Ricotti C, Milikowski C, Torchia D, Romanelli P Giornale italiano di dermatologia e venereologia : organo ufficiale, Società italiana di dermatologia e sifilografia 2011 Apr 146 2 166
Recommendations for a screening series for allergic contact eyelid dermatitis.
Herro EM, Elsaie ML, Nijhawan RI, Jacob SE Dermatitis : contact, atopic, occupational, drug 2012 Jan-Feb 23 1 17-21
Clinical application and limitations of the fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assay in the diagnosis and management of melanocytic lesions: a report of 3 cases.
Nijhawan RI, Votava HJ, Mariwalla K Cutis 2012 Oct 90 4 189-95
Mobile teledermatology in Ghana: sending and answering consults via mobile platform.
Osei-tutu A, Shih T, Rosen A, Amanquah N, Chowdhury M, Nijhawan RI, Siegel D, Kovarik C Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2013 Aug 69 2 e90-1
Mohs surgeons' use of topical emollients in postoperative wound care.
Nijhawan RI, Smith LA, Mariwalla K Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 2013 Aug 39 8 1260-3
Are dermatology residents adequately prepared for the business of medicine?
Nijhawan RI, Smith LA, Rohrer TE, Mariwalla K Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2013 Feb 68 2 340-1
Lichen planus pigmentosus-inversus involving the post-auricular sulci.
Nijhawan RI, Borkin MS, Wilentz SW Dermatology online journal 2013 Jun 19 6 18571
Sustained clinical resolution of acquired epidermodysplasia verruciformis in an immunocompromised patient after discontinuation of oral acitretin with topical imiquimod.
Nijhawan RI, Osei-Tutu A, Hugh JM Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD 2013 Mar 12 3 348-9
Ortiz NE, Nijhawan RI, Weinberg JM Dermatologic therapy 2013 Sep-Oct 26 5 390-9
Contact alternatives to nickel.
Nijhawan RI, Jacob SE Dermatitis : contact, atopic, occupational, drug 2013 Sep-Oct 24 5 222-6
Successful use of 1064 Nm Nd:YAG in conjunction with 2790 Nm YSGG ablative laser for traumatic scarring.
Nijhawan RI, Perez MI Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD 2014 Jan 13 1 80-1
From the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation: The risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals with psoriasis and the potential impact of current therapies.
Hugh J, Van Voorhees AS, Nijhawan RI, Bagel J, Lebwohl M, Blauvelt A, Hsu S, Weinberg JM Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2014 Jan 70 1 168-77
Pediatric dermatology training survey of United States dermatology residency programs.
Nijhawan RI, Mazza JM, Silverberg NB Pediatric dermatology 2014 Mar-Apr 31 2 131-7
The Eyelid Grid.
Beaulieu D, Nijhawan RI Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2017 Sep
Incidence of and Risk Factors for Skin Cancer in Organ Transplant Recipients in the United States.
Garrett GL, Blanc PD, Boscardin J, Lloyd AA, Ahmed RL, Anthony T, Bibee K, Breithaupt A, Cannon J, Chen A, Cheng JY, Chiesa-Fuxench Z, Colegio OR, Curiel-Lewandrowski C, Del Guzzo CA, Disse M, Dowd M, Eilers R, Ortiz AE, Morris C, Golden SK, Graves MS, Griffin JR, Hopkins RS, Huang CC, Bae GH, Jambusaria A, Jennings TA, Jiang SI, Karia PS, Khetarpal S, Kim C, Klintmalm G, Konicke K, Koyfman SA, Lam C, Lee P, Leitenberger JJ, Loh T, Lowenstein S, Madankumar R, Moreau JF, Nijhawan RI, Ochoa S, Olasz EB, Otchere E, Otley C, Oulton J, Patel PH, Patel VA, Prabhu AV, Pugliano-Mauro M, Schmults CD, Schram S, Shih AF, Shin T, Soon S, Soriano T, Srivastava D, Stein JA, Sternhell-Blackwell K, Taylor S, Vidimos A, Wu P, Zajdel N, Zelac D, Arron ST JAMA dermatology 2017 Jan
Removal of large epidermoid cysts by use of a minimal-incision technique.
Chen S, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2017 Jul 77 1 e13-e14
Recurrent acral angioosteoma cutis in a pregnant patient.
Wang AL, Vandergriff T, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI JAAD case reports 2016 Nov 2 6 430-432
Patient-Acquired Photographs for the Management of Postoperative Concerns.
Jeyamohan SR, Moye MS, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI JAMA dermatology 2016 Nov
Managing Nasal Valve Compromise With Suspension Sutures.
Orseth ML, Nijhawan RI Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 2017 Sep
Self-acquired patient images: the promises and the pitfalls.
Damanpour S, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI Seminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery 2016 Mar 35 1 13-7
Biopsy site selfies-a quality improvement pilot study to assist with correct surgical site identification.
Nijhawan RI, Lee EH, Nehal KS Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 2015 Apr 41 4 499-504
Surgical Management of Radiation-Associated Atypical Vascular Lesions.
Yang Y, Vandergriff T, Nijhawan RI, Srivastava D Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 2017 Oct
The Single-Stage "Butterfly" Double Transposition Pedicle Flap: A New Approach to Repairing Defects That Involves Multiple Nasal Cosmetic Subunits.
González NE, Nijhawan RI, Perez MI Journal of cutaneous medicine and surgery 2016 Sep
Repair of a Full-Thickness Defect Involving Multiple Cosmetic Subunits of the Central Face.
Moye MS, Nijhawan RI Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 2017 Mar
Endocrine Mucin-Producing Sweat Gland Carcinoma Treated With Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Scott BL, Anyanwu CO, Vandergriff T, Nijhawan RI Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 2017 Apr
Unique basaloid findings during mohs surgery for Basal cell carcinoma: a dermatopathology challenge.
Nijhawan RI, Nehal KS, Busam KJ Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 2014 Dec 40 12 1446-9
Development of Basal Cell Carcinoma With Squamous Differentiation During Vismodegib Treatment.
Feigenbaum L, Scott BL, Moye MS, Nijhawan RI Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 2016 Dec
Microcystic Adnexal Carcinoma of the scalp in an african-american male.
Scott B, Nijhawan RI, Desman G, Johnson-Jahangir H Dermatology online journal 2016 Sep 22 9
Time to local recurrence of lentigo maligna: Implications for future studies.
Connolly KL, Nijhawan RI, Dusza SW, Busam KJ, Nehal KS Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2016 Jun 74 6 1247-8
Intraoperative retention sutures to facilitate closure.
Feigenbaum L, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2016 Dec 75 6 e229-e230
The role of imaging in the prevention of wrong-site surgery in dermatology.
Harker DB, Mollet T, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI Seminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery 2016 Mar 35 1 9-12
Porcine Xenografts for Surgical Defects: A Single Center Experience with 128 Cases.
Marzolf S, Srivastava D, Nijhawan RI Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2017 Nov
Validity of skin cancer malignancy reporting to the Organ Procurement Transplant Network: A cohort study.
Garrett GL, Yuan JT, Shin TM, Arron ST Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2017 Oct
Nonablative Fractional Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scarring in Patients With Fitzpatrick Skin Phototypes IV-VI.
Alexis AF, Coley MK, Nijhawan RI, Luke JD, Shah SK, Argobi YA, Nodzenski M, Veledar E, Alam M Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] 2016 Mar 42 3 392-402
Comorbidity Assessment in Skin Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study Comparing Medical Interview with a Patient-Reported Questionnaire.
Lee EH, Nijhawan RI, Nehal KS, Dusza SW, Levine A, Hill A, Barker CA Journal of skin cancer 2015 2015 953479
- Sun protection fun: an educational outreach initiative by a dermatology interest group.
- Resident Education
- Patient Safety
- Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
- Reconstructive surgery
- Patient satisfaction
- Mohs surgery
- Skin Cancer
- Surgery for Skin Cancer
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