Swati Mukherjee is a mid-career interventional cardiologist and researcher at Cabrini and Alfred Health, two tertiary teaching hospitals of Monash University, Australia, with interest in heart disease in women. She is a first-generation migrant from a ‘visible ethnic minority’ who migrated to Australia in the dial-up internet era, a wife and mother of two near adult children. She started her cardiology journey as a young mother with her first child being born in her twenties.
Dr. Mukherjee trained in Melbourne and then upon receiving a prestigious postgraduate medical research scholarship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), she completed her PhD at the Alfred Hospital (Monash University). She received a scholarship to undertake her fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at The Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, UK. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University and Cardiology Supervisor for final year medical students from Notre Dame University at Cabrini.
Dr. Mukherjee is passionate about increasing awareness of women’s cardiovascular issues including the importance of early detection and management of risk factors in reducing heart disease in women. She is currently involved in a multicentre clinical trial, looking at preventing heart disease in premenopausal women with non-traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as pregnancy complications including pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension. She is currently the PI at Cabrini Health for the national ANZ-SCAD Registry and the OCEANIC-AF, Phase 3 study to compare the efficacy and safety of the oral FXIa inhibitor asundexian.
She is a member of Gender Equity in Medicine Committee of the Royal Australian College of Physicians which was established by the college to understand and examine what systems, policies, strategies and culture ought to be established within our college to better support gender equity in medicine. She also works with the Advancing Women in Healthcare Leadership research program (Monash Partners) which identifies systemic barriers to gender equity for Fellows and trainees and solutions to removing them.
As one of only 17 women in interventional cardiology in Australia and New Zealand, Dr. Mukherjee mentors postgraduate research fellows, graduate students, and medical residents in cardiology.