Rafael R. Medina, M.D., S.M.M.E.


Dr. Rafael R. Medina is a native of New York City and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Rafael Medina is a board-certified ophthalmologist and surgeon–including cataract surgeon. Prior to becoming an ophthalmologist, Dr. Rafael Medina was a practicing mechanical engineer and worked for several corporations, including the General Electric Aircraft Engine Group, Honeywell Electro-Optics, American Science and Engineering, and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Before joining Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region, Dr. Rafael Medina practiced more recently at his own ophthalmology practice in Williamsville, New York. Dr. Medina practices most comprehensive ophthalmology and has special interests in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, and advanced dry eye care and treatment.


Dr. Rafael Medina attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin and completed an internship in internal medicine at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin and a residency in ophthalmology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Rafael Medina holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, as well as, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Upon completion of his Doctor of Medicine degree, Dr. Rafael Medina went on to certification in PRK and LASIK.


Dr. Rafael Medina has been published in several publications including the Archives of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Institute Technology, Cambridge, and Massachusetts Institute Technology Lincoln Laboratory. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Rafael Medina holds multiple design and method patents.

Languages Spoken

Dr. Rafael Medina speaks English and Spanish fluently.

Practicing At Our Locations In

  • Albany
  • Schenectady
  • Schodack
  • Troy

Working With

  • Cataract Surgery & Treatment
  • Dry Eye Diagnosis & Treatment
  • General Ophthalmology