Rajiv Nijhawan, M.D., is an Associate 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.

Mohs surgery is a very specialized technique to remove skin cancers where 100 percent of the margin is checked to achieve the highest cure rates and to preserve as much normal skin as possible. As a Mohs surgeon, Dr. Nijhawan also has extensive training and experience in performing advanced reconstruction to achieve the best long-term cosmetic result possible. Mohs surgery is commonly used for the following skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, early melanoma, and other rare skin tumors.

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, where he graduated at the top of his class with a distinction in research.

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 joined the UT Southwestern staff in 2014. He also has a unique interest in high-risk skin cancers in immunosuppressed patient populations such as solid organ and bone marrow transplant recipients. Because of this interest, he developed a High-Risk Skin Cancer Transplant Clinic, for which he serves as the Director. He is also Assistant Fellowship Director of the UT Southwestern Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology Fellowship.

Dr. Nijhawan conducts research in a wide range of dermatologic subspecialties, especially cutaneous oncology and reconstructive surgery. 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 and 2020, 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.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center & Weill Cornell Medical College (2013-2014), Procedural Dermatology/Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Internship - Columbia University/St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center (2009-2010), Internal Medicine
  • Residency - St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University (2010-2013), Dermatology
  • Medical School - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (2005-2009)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • 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)
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2021-2022
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctors, Rising Star 2020
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctors, Rising Star 2019
Books & Publications
  • Mohs surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Resident Education
  • Patient Safety
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer

Clinical Focus

  • Skin Cancer
  • Surgery for Skin Cancer
  • Reconstructive Surgery

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