Dr Nikki Mills


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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


I am a Paediatric ENT Surgeon working at Starship Children's Hospital as a Consultant since January 2010 following completion of my specialty training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. I have a special interest in complex airway and swallowing disorders and building a strong multidisciplinary approach to assessing and assisting these patients. I have a passion for functional anatomy and have commenced on research trying to better understand how babies suck & swallow (and protect their airway) when they are breastfeeding - which I hope will lead to a better understanding of biomechanics and the impact of anatomical variations that will have both practical and clinical outcomes that will help us guide Mums and Babies having difficulty with breastfeeding.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Mills, N., Keough, N., Geddes, D. T., Pransky, S. M., & Mirjalili, S. A. (2019). Defining the anatomy of the neonatal lingual frenulum. Clinical anatomy (New York, N.Y.), 32 (6), 824-835. 10.1002/ca.23410
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ali Mirjalili
  • Mills, N., Pransky, S. M., Geddes, D. T., & Mirjalili, S. A. (2019). What is a tongue tie? Defining the anatomy of the in-situ lingual frenulum. Clinical anatomy (New York, N.Y.), 32 (6), 749-761. 10.1002/ca.23343
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ali Mirjalili
  • deGier, C., Granland, C. M., Pickering, J. L., Walls, T., Bhuiyan, M., Mills, N., ... Kirkham, L. S. (2019). PCV7- and PCV10-vaccinated otitis-prone children in New Zealand have similar pneumococcal and Haemophilus influenzae densities in their nasopharynx and middle ear. Vaccines, 7 (1)10.3390/vaccines7010014
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/46200
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Emma Best
  • Littlehales, E., Levi, E., Mills, N., Metcalfe, R., & Hamill, J. (2018). Double button battery ingestion – The “macaroon” sign. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports, 36, 36-39. 10.1016/j.epsc.2018.06.013
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: James Hamill
  • de Gier, C., Granland, C., Pickering, J., Walls, T., Anderson, T., Mills, N., ... Kirkham, L. (2018). Impact of PCV10 on nasopharyngeal density of NTHi in a New Zealand otitis-prone cohort. Paper presented at Otitis Media Australis (OMOZ), Darwin Australia. 14 August - 16 August 2018. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42620
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Emma Best
  • Gruber, M., van Der Meer, G., Ling, B., Barber, C., Mills, N., Neeff, M., ... Mahadevan, M. (2018). The bacterial species associated with aspirated foreign bodies in children. Auris, nasus, larynx, 45 (3), 598-602. 10.1016/j.anl.2017.07.014
  • Mahadevan, M., van der Meer, G., Gruber, M., Reed, P., Jackson, C., Brown, C., ... Evans, J. (2016). The starship children's hospital tonsillectomy: A further 10 years of experience. The Laryngoscope, 126 (12), E416-E420. 10.1002/lary.26041
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44262
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Brian Anderson
  • Martin, A., van der Meer, G., Blair, D., Mahadevan, M., Neeff, M., Barber, C., ... Gruber, M. (2016). Long-standing inhaled foreign bodies in children: Characteristics and outcome. International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology, 90, 49-53. 10.1016/j.ijporl.2016.08.018

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 1, Room 185
New Zealand