Medical Director at Cancer Council NSW & Senior Lecturer at School of Public Health, University of Sydney

After graduating with honours from the School of Medicine, University of NSW, Monica worked for 17 years in the medical field, training in cardiothoracic surgery.

After obtaining specialist qualifications (FRACS) in cardio-thoracic surgery, she specialized in paediatric cardiothoracic surgery and worked as a Surgical Fellow at the Children’s Hospital (Melbourne), the Centre Chirurgical Marie Lannelongue (Paris) and St Louis Children’s Hospital (St Louis, MO). In 1996, she was the first female surgeon to be awarded the prestigious Graham Traveling Fellowship by the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons.

Between 2001 and 2004 Monica completed Masters Degrees in Business Administration, Applied Epidemiology and International Health to acquire the skills enabling her to work in public health projects focusing on disease prevention and control.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer at School of Public Health and Medical Director at Cancer Council NSW, University of Sydney


  • 2004 
    Sydney University , Masters