He was promoted to the rank of tenured professor in 1985. He also trained in Dermatology at the combined Boston University/Tufts Dermatology program from 1980 to 1983 before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1986.
Dr. Bhawan is board-certified in Pathology, Dermatology and Dermatopathology. He has published over 225 original articles, and written several book chapters. His research interests include melanocytic lesions, cutaneous aging and pigmentary disorders.
Dr. Bhawan serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Dermatopathology. Dr. Bhawan is recipient of many awards including 1998 Best Teacher of the year award from the dermatology residents of the combined Boston-Tufts Universities Dermatology program and 2012 best teacher awards given by the residents and International trainees in dermatology at Boston University. He is recipient of 2006 Walter Nickel award for excellence in teaching of dermatopathology & 2008 Founders award given by the American Society of Dermatopathology. Most recently he was honored to become a member of The Chester S. Keefer, MD Society at Boston University School of Medicine for recognition of his generous contributions and commitment to the institution.