Dr. Ricky Rasschaert is a neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at the ZNA Middelheim Hospital, the largest non-academic teaching hospital in Antwerp. The use of minimally invasive techniques and spinal reconstructive surgery is his main interest. He is member of several Neurosurgical and Spine societies and elected as an IM board representative for the EANS. He also has teaching positions and does research involving the treatment of Tarlov cysts and on neuromonitoring in spine surgery cases. There also is an active participation in the Spine Tango project, an international registry for spine surgery with the intention of improving quality of given care. Other interests are department and hospital management as well as medico-legal expertise. Dr. Rasschaert is co-founder of the SpineCare@CURE project, trying to improve Neurosurgical care in sub Saharan Africa.