Dr. Alshafai graduated from King Faisal University Medical School, with the third highest score in his class. Following his graduation, he immediately joined neurosurgical residency training at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Professors Jim Rutka, Chris Wallace and Charles Tator. He then did a travelling fellowship year in Europe at reputable centres while visiting professors J Schramm, J. Hernesniemi and U. Ture.
During his training in Toronto, he was involved in elective rotations in skull-base surgery under the supervision of professors Fred Gentili and Michael Cusimano. He wrote three neurosurgery board exams in 2012/2013: The Canadian Royal College, The European Board of Neurological Surgery and The American part one Board of Neurological Surgery exams. Then he did a complex spine fellowship year under the supervision of Prof. Michael Fehlings at the Toronto Western Hospital.
He is an author of multiple peer reviewed book chapters and journal publications. Dr. Alshafai, developed special interest in the craniocervical region since his spine fellowship in 2014. He has been studying this area and investing in research with his team of students to understand it better. The Cranio Cervical Junction workshop is part of his efforts to improve our understanding for safer and more effective surgery.
In early 2015 he was recruited as a consultant neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at The Antwerp University Hospital in Belgium. He acts as an assistant professor and is The Residency Training Program Director. In October 2015 he was elected to be the new Chair of Post-graduate Educational Committee for the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS). In February 2016, he became a member of the examination committee for the European Board of Neurologic Surgery Examination. In March 2016, he was assigned to run a task force to look into training and education of developing countries within the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia under the auspices of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) Foundation. He is the director of the Annual Comprehensive Clinical Neurosurgery Review Course (CCN Review) which has been running since 2013.