Nirmal grew up in Newcastle, Australia and moved to Sydney for Medical School. He graduated from medical school with honours from the University of Sydney and completed his ORL Training in 2002 graduating from the New South Wales ENT Training programme. Nirmal then completed a higher degree in surgery (a Master of Surgery) with training at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and New York University, USA under the guidance of Professor Anil Lalwani. His Master of Surgery Thesis was undertaken in Gene and Stem Cell Therapy of the Inner Ear. He then undertook a Otology/Neurotology Fellowship with
Professor Clough Shelton at the University of Utah, USA.

Since returning back to Australia in 2006 Nirmal has:

  • Founded and is the director of the Kolling Deafness Research Centre, with his lab located at North Shore Hospital, Sydney. The lab is focused on advancing minimally invasive (key hole) ear surgery for cholesteatoma, chronic ear disease and eustachian tube surgery.
  • Nirmal was Australia’s first elected member and contributor to the International Working Group of Endoscopic Ear Surgery, which seeks to advance the technique of minimally invasive ear surgery around the world.
  • He is an elected Board Member of the International Working Group of Endoscopic Ear Surgery
  • Nirmal is an elected Board Member of the Pan Asian Working Group of Endoscopic Ear Surgery as the Educational coordinator.
  • Nirmal is also one of the founding members of the Sydney Endoscopic Ear Surgery (SEES) Research group, Australia’s first dedicated research group on minimally invasive ear surgery techniques.
  • Along with the SEES group runs an International Surgical Fellowship on Endoscopic Ear Surgery with the fellow located at Nirmal’s lab at the Kolling Deafness Research Centre.
  • Is invited faculty and tutor at Endoscopic Ear Surgery courses and meetings around the world including USA, Italy, Scotland, Japan, Dubai, Kenya and Sharjah
  • Committee member for the Indigenous Health Committee for the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.
  • Runs regular Indigenous Outreach services to Western NSW.
  • Nirmal has presented at 66 National or international meetings, written 51 journal articles and 5 book chapters in major ENT Text books. His authorship interest is in Endoscopic Ear Surgery for Eustachian tube, Cholesteatoma and Lateral Skull Base Surgery.
  • Performed over 600 endoscopic ear surgeries. In his spare time Nirmal enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. Nirmal is also keen on photography, design and loves skiing.