Basim Abu Rafea received his medical degree from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1995. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Western Ontario (Western), London, Ontario, Canada. Subsequently, he successfully completed two subspecialties from Western in 2005 and 2006 respectively: A Subspecialty in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility; and a Subspecialty in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.
In 2006, he returned to Saudi Arabia, where he became a consultant at King Fahd Medical City. He established and became the Director of the Residency Training Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at that Institution. In addition, Dr. Abu Rafea established the first dedicated Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Clinic, and the first dedicated Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic in Saudi Arabia. He was also a member of various committees. He accepted the Chairmanship of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Training Committee was a member of the Pain Management Committee, a member of the Quality Improvement Committee and a member of the Academic Officers Council.
In 2008, he joined King Saud University and King Khalid University Hospital as an assistant professor and became the Director of the Assisted Conception Unit. A year later, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Faculty of Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Abu Rafea joined King Khalid University Hospital & Faculty of Medicine Executive Board and became the Chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the same hospital.
In 2013, Dr. Abu Rafea moved to Halifax and was appointed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Dr. Abu Rafea has a passion for research. He has established several databases that have contributed to the medical literature. He has authored & co-authored more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, two book chapters, and completed more than 30 abstracts and presentations. He is the winner of various national & international research awards.