Ank Nijhawan, M.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine. She specializes in HIV care, both in the outpatient setting and at the Dallas County jail.
Originally from The Netherlands, Dr. Nijhawan holds a bachelor's degree in romance languages from Princeton University. She earned her medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical Schoo, where she also completed internal medicine residency training. She 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 in Boston. 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.
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
- Correctional Health
- Health Disparities
- Health Services and Outcomes Research
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Cost analysis of tuberculin skin test and the QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-tube test for tuberculosis screening in a correctional setting in Dallas, Texas, USA.
- Nijhawan AE, Iroh PA, Brown LS, Winetsky D, Porsa E BMC Infect. Dis. 2016 Oct 16 1 564
- Infectious Diseases and the Criminal Justice System.
- Nijhawan AE Am. J. Med. Sci. 2016 Oct 352 4 399-407
- Healthcare Coverage for HIV Provider Visits before and after Implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
- Berry SA, Fleishman JA, Yehia BR, Cheever LW, Hauck H, Korthuis PT, Mathews WC, Keruly J, Nijhawan AE, Agwu AL, Somboonwit C, Moore RD, Gebo KA Clin. Infect. Dis. 2016 May
- The HIV Care Cascade Before, During, and After Incarceration: A Systematic Review and Data Synthesis.
- Iroh PA, Mayo H, Nijhawan AE Am J Public Health 2015 Jul 105 7 e5-e16
- Half of 30-Day Hospital Readmissions Among HIV-Infected Patients Are Potentially Preventable.
- Nijhawan AE, Kitchell E, Etherton SS, Duarte P, Halm EA, Jain MK AIDS Patient Care STDS 2015 Jul
- Prevalence and predictors of trichomonas infection in newly incarcerated women.
- Nijhawan AE, Chapin KC, Salloway R, Andrea S, Champion J, Roberts M, Clarke JG Sex Transm Dis 2012 Dec 39 12 973-8
- An electronic medical record-based model to predict 30-day risk of readmission and death among HIV-infected inpatients.
- Nijhawan AE, Clark C, Kaplan R, Moore B, Halm EA, Amarasingham R J. Acquir. Immune Defic. Syndr. 2012 Nov 61 3 349-58
- The association between Trichomonas infection and incarceration in HIV-seropositive and at-risk HIV-seronegative women.
- Nijhawan AE, DeLong AK, Celentano DD, Klein RS, Sobel JD, Jamieson DJ, Cu-Uvin S Sex Transm Dis 2011 Dec 38 12 1094-100
- Addition of Acyclovir does not affect Adherence to HAART in HIV-1/ HSV-2 Co-Infected Women.
- Eleanya C, Delong A, Chapman S, Nijhawan A, Ingersoll J, Caliendo AM, Cu-Uvin S, J AIDS Clin Res 2010 Dec 1 4
- Preventive healthcare for underserved women: results of a prison survey.
- Nijhawan AE, Salloway R, Nunn AS, Poshkus M, Clarke JG J Womens Health (Larchmt) 2010 Jan 19 1 17-22
Interventions with incarcerated persons. In HIV Prevention
Nijhawan A, Zaller N, Cohen D, Rich J (2009). London, UK, Academic Press
Managing STDs in the Correctional Setting: A Guide for Clinicians, 2nd Edition
Hsu, Jolin, Miller, Lincoln, Lubelczyk, Nijhawan (February 2011).
Acture retroviral syndrome, PCP and other HIV-related pulmonary diseases, immune reconstitution syndrome. In Parkland Manual of Inpatient Medicine: an Evidence-based Guide
Vriesendorp A, (2006). Philadelphia, F.A. Davis
Honors & Awards
- Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) Program
UT Southwestern (2018)
- Mentoring Excellence Program
UT Southwestern (2016)
- 12 Best Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Presentation
UT Southwestern (2015)
- Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Program
UT Southwestern (2014)
- Clinical Scholar
UT Southwestern Center for Translational Medicine (2012)
- Developmental Award
American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (2009)
- Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health
- Infectious Diseases Society of America