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Dr. Yelena Akelina


Yelena Akelina, DVM, MS is a Research Scientist and a Director/Instructor in Clinical Microsurgery at the Microsurgery Research and Training lab at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University.

She has been teaching microvascular surgery to different medical professionals from all over the US and abroad since 1996.

Dr. Akelina completed her Doctrine of Veterinary Medicine from Moscow Veterinary Academy in 1987 and obtained her Master Science in Toxicology in 1991.

Dr. Akelina is one of the founders of IMSS (International Microsurgery Simulation Society) and an active member of many other domestic and international societies for microsurgery such as WSRM (World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery), ASRM (American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery), RAMSES (Robotic Assisted Microsurgical and Endoscopic Society), and ISEM (International Society for Experimental Microsurgery).

The program she runs at Columbia University trains microsurgery to more than 200 surgeons and researchers a year from many institutions from all over the US and more than from 60 countries.

The main goal of the training program she directs is to teach surgeons to operate on very small vessels (1mm diameter) and nerves using microscopes so they can perform similar surgeries on people and save lives.

New York, United States
English  /  Russian
3 Courses available
80 Reviews

Courses on Invivox


Global Review
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Knowledge aquired
4.9 /5
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Feb 22, 2020
Dr. Djibril O.
Feb 21, 2020
Mohammed A.
Feb 2, 2020
Dr. Stephanie O. This was a fantastic course and I learned many new skills that I look forward to use in my future practice. Would recommend to anyone wanting to enhance their surgical skills. Thank you for the great week.
Jan 11, 2020
Dr. Jonathan R. An excellent course. Dr. Akelina is extremely knowledgeable and an excellent teacher.
Jan 11, 2020
Dr. Robert Z. This is a very hands on and intensive course. Learning microsurgery is frustrating at first, but Yelena helps keep you motivated and on the right path and you see your skills pick up significantly. It is very satisfying to see the level of improvement at the end of the week. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn how to do microsurgery, but hasn't really gotten to do much in the OR in a real life situation or received a formal education on proper technique.
Jan 11, 2020
Dr. Onur A.


Work Experience

Research Scientist Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Microsurgery Training and Research Laboratory
Since 2014
Columbia University
Director Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Microsurgery Training and Research Laboratory
Since 1998
Columbia University


Basic and Advanced Microsurgery Training
Since 1996
Columbai University
1982 to 1987
Moscow Veterinary Academy
Masters Degree in Veterinary Science
1982 to 1987
Moscow Veterinary Academy


Torsion Does Not Affect Early Vein Graft Patency in the Rat Femoral Artery Model.
Journal of reconstructive microsurgery Read it here Reestablishment of Lymphatic Drainage after Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer in a Rat Model.
Plastic and reconstructive surgery Read it here Histological Changes in the Rat Femoral Artery Following the Use of the Empty-and-Refill Test.
Journal of reconstructive microsurgery Read it here


Supermicrosurgery Simulation Training Program for Submillimeter Anastomoses in the Rat Epigastric Artery and Vein Microsurgery

Professional Associations

World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Member IMSS International Microsurgery Simuation Society Co-Founder, Past President. ASRM member


Honorary member of the faculty of MSc Reconstructive Microsurgery team. Queen Mary University of London

Recent Engagements

Instructor Summer Masters in Microsurgery
Invited Speaker WRSM
invited Speak RAMSES