He runs a cosmetic practice in breast and facial surgery and an NHS practice in cancers of the face and mouth (as a head and neck surgeon) and for complex skin cancers requiring reconstruction and surgery for cancer spread. He has performed cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures in the face, breast and body for over a decade and takes pride in the quality of the results he regularly achieves.
He qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1992 after which he trained in general surgery. This took place in the West of Scotland and in Oxford, following which he obtained the FRCS fellowship qualification in surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Thereafter, Taimur Shoaib undertook a higher doctorate in Head and Neck Cancer Plastic Surgery at Canniesburn Hospital in Glasgow. During this time, he helped develop a new surgical procedure called sentinel node biopsy in mouth cancer. He and the research team were the first to perform this successfully in this group of cancers and he has published many scientific articles on the technique. He has also lectured on the subject in many international conferences. He was subsequently awarded a higher doctorate in medicine by the University of Glasgow for his work in this area.
Taimur Shoaib continued his higher surgical training covering all aspects of plastic surgery in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford. Although his training encompassed the whole remit of plastic surgery, he developed particular interests in head and neck cancer, skin cancers and aesthetic surgery. During this time he qualified again from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh with a Diploma in Medical Informatics. Towards the end of his training he obtained a further qualification from the same Royal College after passing the fellowship examination in plastic surgery.
His training ended with a fellowship in head and neck cancer surgery. Working with Plastic Surgeons, ENT surgeons and Maxillofacial Surgeons in one of only five fellowships in the country at the time, and the first plastic surgeon to complete such a fellowship, Taimur Shoaib worked in Oxford to learn the finer nuances of head and neck oncoplastic surgery before taking up his consultant post in Glasgow.