Colonel Ken Shaw currently serves with the Transitional Interim Management Organization with the Defense Health Agency, as the Chief of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Emergency Response Team, and as an Optometrist at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. He recently served as the Deputy Commander for Quality and Safety and Chief of the CBRNE Response Team at Womack Army Medical Center, Ft. Bragg, N.C. Immediately prior to that, he served as the Chief of Quality Services Division and Chief of the Wellness and Readiness Division at Womack and was in charge of preparing Womack to receive Ebola patients in 2014-2015. His efforts caused Womack Army Medical Center to lead the Army Medical Department in preparations and informed the plans for the Northern Regional Medical Command and the U.S. Army Medical Command.
He has 17 years of experience in emergency medical response planning, and has developed and run teams from a small clinic all the way up to several Medical Centers. He has been a speaker at a number of national and international Emergency Response Conferences as well as publishing several articles on the subject.
Colonel Ken Shaw grew up in South Carolina and graduated from The Citadel in 1988 before attending the Pennsylvania College of Optometry on an Army Scholarship. He holds a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security with an emphasis on Emergency Management from American Military University.
His first duty station was with the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii for four years from 1992-1996. His next duty station was with the 3d Infantry Division (Mech) and the hospital at Ft. Stewart, GA from 1996-1999. He was then stationed at Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic on Ft. Myer as the Chief of the Specialty Clinic from 1999-2003. During the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon he was responsible for running the Rader Clinic Operations Center and set up the Triage and Treatment sections as well as arranging treatment and evacuation of several severely injured patients from Ft. Myer and Henderson Hall. Afterwards he served as one of the Northern Regional Medical Command’s designated Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Casualty Care Officers.
He was then assigned to Heidelberg U.S. Army Hospital in Germany from 2003-2006. He simultaneously served as the Chief of Optometry and as the WMD Consultant for the European Regional Medical Command, the HMEDDAC Weapons of Mass Destruction Medical Director, the HMEDDAC Emergency Response Team Leader, and as a Medical Officer for the U.S. Army Europe Emergency Response Team. He then moved to Georgia for a tour at Eisenhower Army Medical Center from 2006-2010 where he served as the Optometry chief as well as the Southeast Regional Medical Command WMD Consultant, the Southeast Regional Medical Command Optometry Consultant, the Physician Representative to the DDEAMC Contingency and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and as the Chief of the DDEAMC Emergency Response Team. His next tour was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a Director of Research in the Warfigher Refractive Surgery Center before moving to DeWitt Army Community Hospital to assist with opening the new, state-of-the-art Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital where he served as the Deputy Commander for Clinical Support Services and Chief of the Emergency Response Team. The FBCH Emergency Response Team provided medical support for a number of National Special Security Events (NSSEs) such as the 2012 Presidential Inauguration and several State of the Union Addresses, culminating in an invitation to become the tactical medical support for the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT).
He and his wife, Colonel Janie Shaw, live with their two children, Ashley and Jacob in Alexandria, VA.