Mallika Dhawan


Medical oncologist
Medical Director, Cancer Risk and Hereditary Cancers

About me

Dr. Mallika Dhawan is an oncologist whose focus is medical treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy. She specializes in caring for patients with hereditary cancer syndromes.

Dhawan designs clinical trials – studies to evaluate promising new treatments – and cares for patients with advanced cancers who are seeking such experimental therapies. In addition to her research to discover and develop drugs for patients with advanced cancers, she studies cancer prevention for patients with mutations that raise their risk for hereditary cancers.

Dhawan earned her bachelor's degree in engineering as well as her medical degree at the University of California, San Diego. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Duke University, followed by an oncology fellowship at UCSF. She subsequently completed additional training in cancer genetics.

  • Education

    UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2011

    UC San Diego, BS, Engineering, 2006

  • Residencies

    Duke University Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2011

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Oncology, 2017

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Hereditary Cancer Clinic

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Decorative Caduceus

Efficacy and Safety of Olaparib (MK-7339) in Participants With Previously Treated, Homologous R...

ORR is defined as the percentage of participants who achieve a confirmed complete response ([CR]; disappearance of all target lesions) or partial response ([PR]: ≥30% decrease in the sum of diameters of target lesions) as assessed...