Nic is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina but lived on four continents before his parents settled in Toronto, Canada when he was 15. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto (UofT) in microbiology and immunology, attended medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and then went back to UofT to complete training in Internal Medicine. He did a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, finishing in 2010. Nic and his family made the permanent move to Auckland, New Zealand in 2010.
After completing his fellowship Nic worked mostly in large urban teaching centres, first at the Toronto General and Mount Sinai Hospitals in Toronto, and now at Auckland City Hospital. He has had extensive experience working in smaller hospitals as well, both in Canada and New Zealand, as well as remote areas overseas. His two main interests have been systems design and medical education. Nic has managed many innovation projects and has successfully implemented new work models in his respective departments. He is an award-winning teacher, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“Throughout my training, and up until this very day, I have always relied on a very careful, methodical approach when trying to diagnose my patients. It is my goal to teach this approach so that even my most junior students have the chance to make the best decisions for their patients”
Art is originally from the Boston area and grew up as a long-suffering yet faithful Red Sox fan. He attended Yale University and after three years as a high-school science teacher obtained his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Harvard-affiliated Mount Auburn Hospital and spent the next twelve years practicing and teaching in general medicine in the Boston area before moving to New Zealand with his Kiwi wife and two children in 2005.
Since changing hemispheres, Art has worked in the General Medicine Department of Auckland Hospital as a consultant physician, (former) Clinical Director, award-winning clinical teacher, and the current Director of Education. He is also a widely published, award-winning poet.
“I am constantly amazed by the rate at which our factual knowledge expands within the field of medicine. In comparison, our understanding of how we think as physicians is in its infancy but it is precisely this process that enables us to effectively apply our knowledge to the plight of the patients we encounter. I am keenly interested in learning about and improving my own clinical reasoning skills as well as teaching those skills to students and colleagues”