Dr Nikolarakos completed his dental and medical qualifications in the Universities of Melbourne and Adelaide and his Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery training in South Australia. He spent two years expanding his skills in the treatment of head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery in highly prestigious fellowships in Portland in the United States, and London in the United Kingdom. Following this, he was appointed for a further two years as a specialist surgeon in one of the busiest teaching and level 1 trauma hospitals in London. There he developed expertise in the management of severe facial trauma, benign and malignant diseases of the Head and Neck and microvascular free-flap reconstruction of the jaws and face. Dr Nikolarakos has authored 2 chapters published in international surgical textbooks as well as numerous journal articles.