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Advancing women's health through patient care, education and research

Promoting the health of women is our life’s work here in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. We are happy to be able to share with you the scope of our activities and provide you with more information on what we do.

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Dr. Basim Abu Rafea 

Dr. Basim Abu Rafea received his medical degree from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1995. He then completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Western Ontario. Subsequently, he successfully completed two subspecialties from Western in 2005 and 2006 respectively: A Royal College Subspecialty in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility; and a further Subspecialty in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

Throughout his career, Dr. Abu Rafea has demonstrated a commitment to women’s health care; when he returned to Saudi Arabia in 2006, he established and became the Director of the Residency Training Program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at that Institution. Following that he was appointed as chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and in 2009 was appointed chairman of the department of Obstetrics and gynecology and King Saud University. During that time he continued to collaborate with Western university as an adjunct professor and collaborated in and conducted multiple research projects at both locations, where he authored and co-authored over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts.

July 1st 2015, Dr. Abu Rafea joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Western University. Since then he has focused on growing research in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, with focus on translational research. By collaborating with the basic science members of the division success was achieved by securing a large CIHR Grant.  Current research focus is on early embryo development in vitro and factors that may influence that process, impact of obesity on assisted reproductive technology outcomes, with a special focus on both clinical and basic science aspects.

When not in clinic or in the lab you may find Dr. Abu Rafea in his Jeep trying to dig himself and his kids out of a mud pit in Tillsonburg. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves a good adventure.


Recent Publications


Uterine Tumors Resembling Ovarian Sex Cord Tumors Identified at Resectoscopic Endometrial Ablation: Report of 2 Cases 
Vilos, Angelos G.; Zhu, Cici; Abu-Rafea, Basim; et al.
Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology   Volume: 26 Issues: 1 Page: 105-109   Published: Jan 2019

Safe Veress Needle Intraperitoneal Placement and Safer Laparoscopic Entry
Vilos, George; Vilos, Angelos; Jacob, George P.; et al.
Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology   Volume: 25 Issues: 7   Pages: 1137-1137   Published: Nov-Dec 2018

Regarding "Understanding the Legal Essentials of a Bowel Injury Lawsuit in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery"
Vilos, George A.; Vilos, Angelos G.; Abu Rafea, Basim; et al.
Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology  Volume: 25 Issues: 6   Pages: 1107-1108   Published: Sep-Oct 2018

Treatment Tolerance and Side Effects of Intraperitoneal Carboplatin and Dose-Dense Intravenous Paclitaxel in Ovarian Cancer
Bisch, Steven P.; Sugimoto, Akira; Prefontaine, Michel; et al.
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada   Volume: 40   Issue: 10   Pages: 1283-+   Published: Oct 2018

Clinical Research With Pregnant Women: Perspectives of Pregnant Women, Health Care Providers, and Researchers
Wada, Kyoko; Evans, Marilyn K.; de Vrijer, Barbra; et al.
Qualitative Health Research Volume: 28 Issues: 13 Pages: 2033-2047   Published: Nov 2018

Respiratory Morbidity in Late Preterm and Term Babies Born by Elective Caesarean section
Ahimbisibwe A, Coughlin K, Eastabrook G.
J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2019 Jan 12. pii: S1701-2163(18)30896-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2018.11.002.


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