Dr. Rafi began his interest in Immunology as a Senior Research Associate at the Georgetown University Medical Center. While there, he completed a 2-year project investigating the epidemiology of HIV and AIDS in the DC metropolitan area. His research team was also a key site to be awarded one of the prestigious Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) grants.
After attending medical school at Howard University College of Medicine, he completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where he was actively involved in Allergy and Immunology research.
After his residency, Dr. Rafi entered a 3-year research fellowship in Allergy and Immunology and Geriatrics and Gerontology at the University of California Los Angeles. During his fellowship, he completed his pediatric Allergy and Immunology training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He has completed extensive research in the fields of chronic sinusitis, atopic dermatitis and allergic skin disorders, co-morbidities associated with allergic diseases, and food allergies. His other interests include immune disorders, asthma, transient wheezing of childhood, drug allergy, multiple drug sensitivities, and exercise-induced asthma.
During his training at UCLA, Dr. Rafi also completed a Special Fellowship in Advanced Geriatrics with extensive research in the fields of anti-aging medicine, immune enhancing medications, and drug interactions.
Dr. Rafi has written and published multiple first author manuscripts in the field of Allergy and Immunology and Geriatrics. He has also co-written a book chapter involving immunity in the elderly and infection control in nursing homes.