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.
The University of Chicago Medicine
Center for Advanced Medicine
Year Started Practice
Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore
Internship and Residency
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York (Head and Neck Surgical Oncology)
American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
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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.
View a partial list of Dr. Agrawal's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.