This course in microvascular surgery offers one-on-one hands-on sessions in a small class setting with an experienced instructor.

This program is intended for surgeons of all levels who wish to further develop and hone their skills to perform more complex procedures, and will also provide the necessary knowledge and training required to perform common microsurgical procedures. This program begins with the fundamental program overview and will then expand to more advanced techniques. The basic microvascular surgery techniques covered will include suture, vessel cannulation, splenectomy, exploratory surgery, and ovariectomy. The advanced techniques include end-to-end arterial and venous anastomosis, end-to-side anastomosis, and peripheral nerve repair techniques that can be used in a variety of different experimental procedures.


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Laboratory equipment for this course has been graciously supplied by the following companies:

  • Sharpoint:  Sutures and Wound Closure Products (learn more)
  • Carl Zeiss Microscopes:  Microscopes, Illumination, and Camera Systems for Surgical Demonstration (learn more)
  • Kent Scientific:  Rodent Ventilation and Low-Flow Anesthesia Systems (learn more)
  • ASSI:  Surgical Instruments (learn more)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to work with surgical microscopes, micro instruments, and sutures
  • Gentle dissection and handling of fragile tissues
  • How to perform different basic surgical procedures on rodent models: cannulation of vessels, different abdominal surgeries, skin closures
  • Ability to complete different microvascular anastomoses on small (<1 mm diameter) vessels
  • Ability to perform peripheral nerve repair on sciatic nerve models
  • Surgical planning and decision making skills
  • Inter-operative and post-operative animal care

Next Course: December 11, 2023


3985 Broadway Ave. New York, NY, 10032

Registration Fee

  • Academia: $4,600 (USD)
  • Industry: $5,200 (USD)

Workshop Dates

    December 11 - December 14, 2023

    February 26 - February 29, 2024

    June 10 - June 13, 2024

    October 21 - October 24, 2024

Application Form

Comprehensive Training Program for Fundamental and Advanced Techniques in Rodent Microvascular Surgery
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Director, Microsurgery Lab
Orthopaedic Surgery
Columbia University

A veterinarian by training, and with a master's degree in toxicology, Yelena Akelina, DVM, MS is a Research Scientist and Director/Instructor in Clinical Microsurgery at Columbia University since 1996. She has been teaching microvascular surgery to different researchers and medical professionals from all over the US for 25 years.

Workshop Sponsor

Carl Zeiss Microscopy

Kent Scientific Corporation


ASSI Corporation