Mallika Dhawan MD

Mallika Dhawan MD
Medical Oncologist
UCSF Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program
UCSF Hereditary Cancer Clinic


Dr. Mallika Dhawan is an oncologist who focuses on clinical trials and new treatment options for patients with advanced cancers in the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Phase 1 Clinic. She also specializes in cancer prevention and screening for patients with hereditary cancer syndromes, like BRCA (linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancers) or Lynch syndrome (a common cause of hereditary colon cancer). She specializes in determining optimal screening and imaging strategies for these patients. She is medical director of the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program and Hereditary Cancer Program.

Dhawan earned her medical degree from the University of California, San Diego and completed her residency in internal medicine at Duke University. She completed a fellowship in oncology at UCSF.

In her free time, Dhawan enjoys being with her family and exploring the Bay Area.

Specializes in: 

Hereditary cancer syndromes


UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2011

UC San Diego, BS, Engineering, 2006


Duke University Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2011


UCSF, Oncology, 2017


Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine


Assistant Professor