Dr. Raffaella Messina is an Italian board-certified neurosurgeon. She was trained in neurosurgery at the University Hospital of Bari, Italy. She has held a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the IRCCS Institute for Treatment and Research - Bambino Gesù Children\'s Hospital, Rome. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Neurosciences and has been an assistant professor at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro,” Italy, since 2010. Her major field of interest is pediatric neurosurgery, in which she has focused her main scientific activity. She had the opportunity to improve her surgical skills and to achieve board certification for the European Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ESPN), attending the three-year cycle of ESPN.