Nishant Agrawal, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Nishant Agrawal, MD

Professor of Surgery Chief, Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Co-Director, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

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Nishant Agrawal, MD, specializes in the management of patients with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck.

Dr. Agrawal's work has achieved international recognition in the field of head and neck surgical oncology, and head and neck cancer genetics. Under his leadership, a team of researchers completed a landmark study that examined the genome of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. His group followed up by publishing the genomic landscapes of the remaining major head and neck cancers, including esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, esophageal adenocarcinoma, medullary thyroid cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma and mucoepidermoid carcinoma. Dr. Agrawal then applied these findings to identify tumor DNA as a biomarkers that improve cancer diagnostics in the saliva and plasma of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. His research is focused on the application of cancer genetics to design diagnostic approaches to reduce morbidity and mortality from head and neck cancer.

In addition to his clinical and research contributions, Dr. Agrawal is an accomplished educator — teaching medical students, residents and fellows about the management of patients with head and neck cancer.

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Head and Neck Society
  • American Thyroid Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi

Medical Education

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Internship

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine

Residency

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine

Fellowship

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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