Shamil graduated in medicine at the University of Birmingham in 2006, during which time he completed an intercalated degree in biomedical science. He then completed his clinical foundation training at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton and then worked as a senior house officer in Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand in 2008.
On returning to the UK in 2009 he joined the public health specialty training scheme in the West Midlands, and completed a Masters in Public Health, and the Membership of the Faculty of Public Health exams.
In 2011 he was awarded an NIHR doctoral fellowship to investigate methods of identifying patients with undiagnosed COPD in primary care, under the supervision of Dr Peymane Adab, Dr Rachel Jordan, and Dr Tom Marshall, and in conjunction with the Birmingham Lung Improvement Studies (BLISS) programme.
Shamil’s PhD focuses on developing a risk prediction model that will enable general practitioners to identify patients with undiagnosed COPD. He is also conducting a systematic review to summarise the methods of screening for COPD that have been evaluated in primary care. In addition to COPD, Shamil has a general interest in respiratory epidemiology, public health and primary care.