Mallika Dhawan, MD


Dr. Mallika Dhawan is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating patients with hereditary cancers as well as those with genitourinary malignancies. She also sees patients in the Developmental Therapeutics clinic, which focuses on finding novel treatments for cancer patients.

In addition to patient care, Dhawan designs clinical trials in the Developmental Therapeutics clinic for patients with prostate cancer. She also studies cancer prevention in patients with hereditary cancer mutations.

Dhawan earned her bachelor's degree in engineering and her medical degree at the University of California, San Diego. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University before returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area for an oncology fellowship at UCSF. While completing her fellowship, she won a grant from UCSF's Precision Health Science TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program.

Dhawan is a clinical instructor at UCSF and continues to advance her training in precision medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family.


Genitourinary Medical Oncology
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 476-4616
Fax: (415) 353-7107

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hereditary Cancer Clinic
1600 Divisadero St., H Building, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-9797
Fax: (415) 353-8216

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

  • Hereditary Cancer Syndromes

Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

More about Mallika Dhawan


UC San Diego, B.S., Engineering 2006
UC San Diego School of Medicine 2011


Duke University Medical Center, Internal Medicine 2011


UCSF, Oncology 2017

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bartelink IH, Prideaux B, Krings G, Wilmes L, Lee PRE, Bo P, Hann B, Coppé JP, Heditsian D, Swigart-Brown L, Jones EF, Magnitsky S, Keizer RJ, de Vries N, Rosing H, Pawlowska N, Thomas S, Dhawan M, Aggarwal R, Munster PN, Esserman LJ, Ruan W, Wu AHB, Yee D, Dartois V, Savic RM, Wolf DM, van 't Veer L. Heterogeneous drug penetrance of veliparib and carboplatin measured in triple negative breast tumors. Breast Cancer Res. 2017 Sep 11; 19(1):107.
  2. Dhawan MS, Bartelink IH, Aggarwal R, Leng J, Zhang JZ, Pawlowska N, Terranova-Barberio M, Grabowsky JA, Gewitz A, Chien AJ, Moasser MM, Kelley RK, Maktabi T, Thomas S, Munster PN. Differential toxicity in patients with and without DNA repair mutations: Phase I Study of Carboplatin and Talazoparib in advanced solid tumors. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Aug 08.
  3. Aggarwal R, Bryce A, Ryan CJ, Harzstark A, Derleth C, Kim W, Friedlander T, Lin AM, Rodvelt-Bagchi T, Dhawan M, Zhang L, Lee M, Siebeneck E, Hough J, Small EJ. A multicenter phase I study of cabazitaxel, mitoxantrone, and prednisone for chemotherapy-naïve patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer: A department of defense prostate cancer clinical trials consortium study. Urol Oncol. 2017 Apr; 35(4):149.e7-149.e13.
  4. Dhawan M, Ryan CJ. Utility of novel androgen receptor therapies in the real world: A nuanced approach. Urol Oncol. 2016 Aug; 34(8):340-7.
  5. Dhawan M, Ryan CJ, Ashworth A. DNA Repair Deficiency Is Common in Advanced Prostate Cancer: New Therapeutic Opportunities. Oncologist. 2016 Aug; 21(8):940-5.
  6. Zhang T, Dhawan MS, Healy P, George DJ, Harrison MR, Oldan J, Chin B, Armstrong AJ. Exploring the Clinical Benefit of Docetaxel or Enzalutamide After Disease Progression During Abiraterone Acetate and Prednisone Treatment in Men With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2015 Aug; 13(4):392-9.
  7. Robinson ES, Khankin EV, Choueiri TK, Dhawan MS, Rogers MJ, Karumanchi SA, Humphreys BD. Suppression of the nitric oxide pathway in metastatic renal cell carcinoma patients receiving vascular endothelial growth factor-signaling inhibitors. Hypertension. 2010 Dec; 56(6):1131-6.
  8. Regev GJ, Haloman S, Chen L, Dhawan M, Lee YP, Garfin SR, Kim CW. Incidence and prevention of intervertebral cage overhang with minimally invasive lateral approach fusions. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Jun 15; 35(14):1406-11.
  9. Regev GJ, Chen L, Dhawan M, Lee YP, Garfin SR, Kim CW. Morphometric analysis of the ventral nerve roots and retroperitoneal vessels with respect to the minimally invasive lateral approach in normal and deformed spines. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 May 20; 34(12):1330-5.

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