Anthony de Buck van Overstraeten graduated as MD at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Part of his training was done at Mount Sinai Hospital (University of Toronto), Toronto, Canada (2013). Since 2013 he has been a full staff member at the Department of Abdominal Surgery at the University Hospital Leuven. His scientific work focusses on how to improve surgical techniques in IBD patient. He is initiating a PhD thesis on bowel sparing techniques in surgery for Crohn’s disease, using strictureplasties instead of resection. Moreover, minimal invasive surgical techniques in UC surgery are investigated, favouring transanal and single port access for ileal pouch surgery.