Professor Shakib is a leading Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, a field covering specialist treatment for the mouth, jaw, face, or neck.
A quite personal area of medicine, where Professor Shakib’s ability to build relationships with patients is helpful. As is his extensive experience in maxillofacial surgery, for those he treats and for his profession.
Involvement in research over two decades has seen Professor Shakib receive a number of awards, including twice winning the Paul Toller Research Prize, from The British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Sharing knowledge and supporting colleagues is important to him. He is a teacher and mentor for trainee specialists, a welcome presenter at medical conferences and has published a number of papers in scientific journals.
Professor Shakib’s own studies began by graduating as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1993. In 1996, he was awarded a fellowship in Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow and then with the Royal College of Surgeons in England.
Time spent studying pre-clinical medicine followed, at the Royal Free Hospital. In 1998, he was selected for the prestigious PhD program at UCL, becoming a Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Medicine in 2002, a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Distinction in 2003.
Professor Shakib was awarded membership of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006 and a Specialist Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2010. He has served as an examiner at the RCS since that time.
Throughout his career, ensuring patients are well served has been the focus. This includes treating over 1000 people requiring dental implants, often including bone augmentation and carrying out many other procedures, such as salivary gland, or micro-vascular surgery.
Advanced treatment has been a key part of his work. From skin cancer surgery, to life changing support for patients with facial, or jaw deformity and others in need of facial reconstruction.
Dual qualification in medicine and dentistry is unusual, reaching the stage of being on the specialist register with both The General Medical Council (GMC) and the General Dental Council (GDC) is quite rare.
As an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Professor Shakib has few peers. Being asked to review medical journals and share his skills are a natural result, although using those skills to help people will always be Professor Shakib’s first wish.