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Columbia Orthopedics Microsurgery Research & Training Laboratory

Columbia Orthopedics Microsurgery Research & Training Laboratory


The Microsurgery Training and Research Laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center was established in 1980 by Harold M. Dick, MD, Frank E. Stinchfield Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, with the goal of making microsurgery an integral part of a surgeon's training in various fields and specialties. Originally offered only to orthopaedic residents the microsurgical training has been expanded to include other surgical specialties, and now we have coming from more than 45 different programs participating from all over the United States and from more than 70 countries around the world. Under the supervision of Dr. Melvin P. Rosenwasser, Robert E. Carroll Professor of Hand Surgery and with the teaching expertise of Dr. Yelena Akelina the Microsurgery Laboratory has become a well-internationally recognized state-of-the-art teaching facility in microsurgery. We train more than 200 surgeons a year.

The specialties we teach:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Podiatry/Foot and ankle
  • ENT/Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Oral and Maxiofacial Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Urology
  • General and Vascular surgery
  • OB/GYN

To maximize everyone's learniing experience and assurance of a successful completion of the course, we urge all applicants to read the description of each course carefully and honestly assess their personal surgical skill level or discuss what course to take with the Instructor prior to signing up for the course.


The Microsurgery Laboratory contains three work stations, each equipped with a state-of-the-art Carl Zeiss operating room microscope, video camera system and monitor, digital photo and video equipment allowing monitoring of student progress and production of high quality images. A microvascular Doppler system is available for teaching and research purposes. Each student uses the latest microsurgical instrumentation and fine suture. Also provided is an extensive video library, textbooks and syllabus. Current microsurgical journals are available in the departmental library to which students have access during the course.

New York, United States of America
2 Faculty
3 Courses available
99 Reviews

Upcoming events

Virtual Microsurgery Training - VMT
Open Classroom
Jun 28 to Jun 30, 2021
10:00 AM


Prof. Robert J. Strauch, MD Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology

Robert J. Strauch, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical treatment of hand, wrist and elbow problems in adults and children. He has a special interest in nerve problems of the upper extremity (including carpal tunnel syndrome) and in treating congenital hand disorders. The specialty of Hand Surgery melds together elements and principles of orthopedic, plastic, neurological and vascular surgery to restore and maximize hand and upper extremity function, whether wielding a jackhammer, throwing a baseball, or playing the violin.

Dr. Strauch has authored and co-authored numerous articles in the field of hand surgery and is actively engaged in basic and clinical research. He served as President of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand in 2006-2007.

Dr. Strauch has been included in the list of New York Magazine's and “Best Doctors in New York” in addition to being regularly listed in America's Top Doctors. He is also an accomplished amateur magician and has been known to entertain as well as to diagnose and treat his patients. Children, especially, actually look forward to a return office visit with the "magician".

Source : New York Presbyterian

Prof. Robert P. Rosenwasser, MD Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology

Melvin P. Rosenwasser, MD, has expertise in orthopedic hand, elbow, and trauma surgery, which makes him uniquely qualified to treat all traumatic injuries to the upper and lower extremities as well as arthritic and congenital anomalies of the upper extremity.

He is a prolific researcher and has been co-principal investigator on numerous NIH grants and awards. Additionally, Dr. Rosenwasser is the author of many book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on surgery of the upper extremity and trauma-related surgery for both the upper and lower extremities. He regularly presents his findings at scientific lectures in the United States and abroad and has served as chairman of several local and national hand and trauma conferences.

Dr. Rosenwasser earned special distinction in New York Magazine's "Best Doctors in New York" Hall of Fame. He is also the official hand consultant for the New York Yankees.

Source : Columbia Orthopaedics


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Jun 11, 2021
Andrew B. I found this experience incredibly valuable in my development as a microvascular surgeon
May 15, 2021
Marcel B. Excellent course. Highly recommend!
Mar 31, 2021
gonzalo A.
Mar 23, 2021
Liana T.
Feb 26, 2021
Nathan L. I would highly recommend this course to anyone in the surgical field. Yelena is a phenomenal teacher!
Feb 19, 2021
Betsey B. Excellent course. My micro skills improved tremendously. Yelena is a fantastic instructor but also allows autonomy and the opportunity to learn from mistakes. Highly recommend this course. As a hand surgeon, these skills are very applicable to my practice. Anyone doing micro for trauma or flap reconstruction would definitely benefit.