About Prof James Shaw
New Zealand’s Most Experienced Thyroid, Parathyroid, Parotid, & Melanoma Surgeon*
Chief of Surgery Ascot Hospital
Professor Shaw graduated from the University of Otago in 1974. He holds both a Doctor of Medicine and a Doctor of Science degree and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons both in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. He is a member of the Head and Neck section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Head & Neck Surgeons USA and a member of the Association of Endocrine Surgeons USA, and the Endocrine section of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons..
Initial training was in New Zealand followed by specialty training in London, Harvard Medical School Boston, and Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City.
Professor Shaw has been a consultant surgeon in the Auckland area since 1984 and has performed several thousand surgical operations. Principal areas of expertise are in thyroid, parathyroid, parotid, submandibular and other salivary gland surgery along with the management of neck lumps. He is also an expert in the management of early and advanced malignant melanoma along with other skin cancers.
Between 1990 and 2000, Professor Shaw was Senior Examiner in General Surgery for surgeons training in general surgery in New Zealand. He is the sole New Zealand member of the James IV Surgical Society (previous members being Sir Brian Barrat-Boyes & Sir Archibald McIndoe), a surgical society limited to 100 surgeons world-wide.
Professor Shaw is the author of over 100 publications on surgical matters, and has delivered and continues to deliver presentations both in New Zealand and internationally.
* in current full-time, principally private, surgical practice, with the 4 diseases being considered collectively as a group
Head and Neck Surgery
Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery
Sentinal Node Surgery
Skin Cancer Surgery*
Assessment of moles & skin lesions
* Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for skin lesion consultations and surgery.
Complex Oncology problems are assessed in a multi-modality setting involving Surgery, Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology Specialists.
Fine needle aspiration (FNA), Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic cholecystectomy with an intraoperative cholangiogram, Open or laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernia, Open or laparoscopic repair of umbilical hernia, Open repair of epigastric hernia, Open repair of femoral hernia, Panendoscopy, Parathyroidectomy, Partial/total thyroidectomy, Radical node dissection – axilla, Radical node dissection – groin.
Comprehensive skin examinations, Curettage or diathermy, Incisional biopsy, Punch biopsy, Skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, Skin cancer surgery.
Varicose vein assessment, Varicose vein surgery
DSc, MD, FRACS (General & Vascular)
Head & Neck, Surgical Oncology, & Endocrine Sections RACS
Society of Head & Neck Surgeons USA
Society of Surgical Oncology USA
International Association of Endocrine Surgeons USA
James IVF Association of Surgeons Inc.
Court of Examiners Part 2 FRACS & previous Senior Examiner
Board of Directors MercyAscot Hospital
Chairman Medical Advisory Committee MercyAscot Hospitals
New Zealand, London
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Sloan Kettering Cancer, New York, USA
Over 10,000 Operative Procedures performed
Author of over 100 scientific publications of Matters Surgical
Thyroid, Parathyroid, & Parotid Surgery
Neck Lumps & Submandibular Gland Surgery
Excisional Surgery for Melanoma, Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers
Sentinal Node Studies for Melanoma
Lymph Node Dissection for Cancer involving Neck, Groin or Armpit