Nikki holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Honours from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, specialising in cardiothoracic surgery. Nikki works as a cardiac surgeon and has a special interest in heart disease in women and transplantation. She also has a strong desire to change the way we think about health and is committed to raising awareness of women’s heart disease, currently the number one killer of Australian women.
As a stong advocate for heart health, Nikki hosted Heartbeat: The Miracle Inside you on ABC’s flagship science show Catalyst, and is the author of books – Can You Die of a Broken Heart? and Pretty Unhealthy.
Nikki is the expert commentator on Channel 7's Operation: Live and appears regularly on national shows such as The Today Show, Studio 10 and ABC’s Matter of Fact program.
Nikki is a passionate advocate for women achieving in domains that are traditionally dominated by men and is a strong advocate for the importance of self-care and work-life balance. She has written for publications including the Huffington Post, the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald and Mamamia.
A sought after speaker and mentor, she also featured prominently in the ‘I Look Like a Surgeon’ and ‘This is What We Look Like’ campaigns in 2017, which aimed to provide women with strong, positive role models.
She was nominated for Cosmopolitan’s Woman of the Year – Game Changer and one of Harper Bazaar’s Women of the Year for 2017, as well as one of Time Out Sydney’s 40 Under 40 and Mamamia’s Inspirational Women You Can Look Up To.