Professor Sunil Shah qualified from St. Georges Hospital Medical School and completed his post-graduate training in Torquay, Exeter, Manchester and Nottingham. He has been a Consultant at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre since 2000 where he runs a cornea and cataract service.
Professor Shah is a Section Editor for the British Journal of Ophthalmology and a reviewer for Eye, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and Journal of Refractive Surgery. He is a Professor at Aston University and an honorary Professor at UKM Medical Centre, Malaysia. Professor Shah also provides specialist advice to NICE and is a representative for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists to the British Standards Institute. He is the Principle Editor and E Tutor for the E-learning course in Refractive surgery for the University of Ulster.
He represents the Royal College of Ophthalmologists on its refractive sub-committee and its academic committee and he is a past President of the British Society for Refractive Surgery and is the current President for the British Contact Lens Association.
In 2014 and 2018, he was voted as being in the top 100 most influential people in Ophthalmology around the world.