Shaw attended school in suburban North London. Shaw qualified in medicine from the University of Leeds in 1986, having taken an extra year to gain a further BSc (Hons) Degree in Pathology.
In 2006, Shaw, and his colleague Guy Slater founded the Streamline Surgical partnership. The concept was to bring together the expertise required for the provision of top-quality Bariatric surgery services.
The nature of Shaw's work has generated increased media interest and Shaw is now a regular media commentator across both broadcast and print media.