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Nishant Agrawal, MD

Professor of Surgery

Section Chief, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

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 then 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. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Dr. Agrawal was an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice

2009

Board Certification

Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery

Medical School

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore

Internship and Residency

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

Fellowship

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York (Head and Neck Surgical Oncology)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore (Molecular Genetics)

Memberships

American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
American College of Surgeons
American Head and Neck Society
American Medical Association (AMA)
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
American Thyroid Association

Languages Spoken

English
Hindi

Email

nagrawal@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu

Office Phone

(773) 702-6143

Office Fax

(773) 702-6809

Office Postal Address

Nishant Agrawal, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 1035
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. Agrawal

Dr. Agrawal talks to ASCO Post about how deintensifying the treatment of HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer could reduce toxicity while maintaining high survival and normal functioning related to swallowing, saliva and taste.

As recipients of the American Association for Cancer Research 2017 Team Science Award, Dr. Agrawal and his team were recognized for pioneering the concept of utilizing cancer mutations as biomarkers in the context of a liquid biopsies.

Dr. Agrawal is conducting research into detecting tumor DNA in the saliva and plasma of patients with head and neck cancer, with the goal of developing new screening, early detection and treatment monitoring methods:

Dr. Agrawal was interviewed about throat cancer diagnosis and treatment in an article about actor Michael Douglas' battle with throat cancer.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Agrawal's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.