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Dr Nikki

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Speaker, Author & Presenter


Dr Nikki Stamp, one of only twelve female cardiothoracic surgeons in Australia, is a heart surgeon on a mission to inspire and educate people everywhere.

Nikki holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Honours from the University of Western Australia and holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, specialising in cardiothoracic surgery.

Current Work:

With a special interest in heart disease in women and transplantation, Nikki 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. She has worked with a number of networks including Channel 7 and the ABC hosting programs including Operation Live on the 7 network and Heartbeat:
The Miracle Inside you on ABC’s flagship science show Catalyst. She is the author of books - Can You Die of a Broken Heart? and Pretty Unhealthy with a third due for release in 2022.

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.

Talking Points

Trust Me

Patients put their trust in the hands of doctors every day, a fact that is not lost on Nikki and her team. Learn why trust is important in everything we do and how you as a professional in your field can best cultivate it.

How to Be Healthy in a Social World

Hear about how social media impacts our wellbeing, the good, the bad & the challenging and how to thrive in spite of the shortcomings of an ever-connected world.

How a Heart Surgeon Keeps her Heart Healthy

Nikki explains the important ways we can all take care of our most precious organ and how women’s hearts in particular need a different type of attention. Nikki provides a thoughtful and honest look at what it means to take care of your heart and how to do it in a way that is sustainable and achievable.

Woman Rising

Nikki knows the challenges and triumphs of being a woman in a male-dominated environment. Learn the ways women can thrive as Nikki provides insight into how workplaces can draw on the strength of diversity &
Our event featuring Dr Nikki Stamp was a great success, and Nikki’s lecture was positively received by our staff, students and community members. The lecture was wonderfully inspiring with content that had been well adapted for our audience and the event objectives. Our current female medicine students were able to draw an enormous amount from her presentation. All in all a very successful event. Newcastle University
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