Mr Rafiq graduated from King Edward Medical College. He underwent Basic Surgical Training in North West England. During his surgical training, he first completed Masters Degree in Clinical Health Sciences from the University of Central Lancashire and subsequently a higher research degree (MCh) in Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed Higher Surgical Training in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery in South West England and North West London. He then trained in the sub-speciality of Spinal surgery by completing the British Orthopaedic Association transitional fellowship at the Spinal Unit Stoke Mandeville Hospital/ National Spinal Cord Injury Centre. He further expanded his expertise in complex spinal surgery and minimally invasive surgery by advanced training in internationally renowned Spinal units at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore and Oxford University Hospitals. He has been trained in all aspects of Spinal surgery (including degenerative, deformity, tumour, trauma and infection) from the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine. Mr Rafiq was appointed as Consultant Spinal Orthopaedic and Trauma surgery at Medway Maritime NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Rafiq has published and presented several scientific and research projects on various platforms. He is actively involved in teaching and training at the national and international levels.
He holds professional membership with the British Association of Spine Surgeons, North American Spine Surgeons Society and AO Spine.