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Dr. Yelena Akelina
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Specialty Microsurgery
Place New York, United States
Languages English  /  Russian

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.

Basic Microsurgery Microsurgery
New York Presbytarian Hospital at Columbia University, 10032 New York, New York
Seats available
$2,499 - $2,699
New York, NY, United States
Seats available
$2,499 - $2,699
New York Presbytarian Hospital at Columbia University, 10032 New York, New York
Seats available
$2,499 - $2,699 / Attendee
New York, NY, United States
Seats available
$2,499 - $2,699 / Attendee
Work Experience
Research Scientist
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Microsurgery Training and Research Laboratory Since 2014 Columbia University
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
Master Degree in Toxicology
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
A Comparison of the Minimal-Touch Technique and the Eversion Technique for Microvascular Anastomosis in a Rat Model. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery Read it here
Predicting Thrombosis Formation in 1-mm-Diameter Arterial Anastomoses with Transit-Time Ultrasound Technology. Plastic and reconstructive surgery Read it here
Defining Standards in Experimental Microsurgical Training: Recommendations of the European Society for Surgical Research (ESSR) and the International Society for Experimental Microsurgery (ISEM). European surgical research. Europaische chirurgische Forschung. Recherches chirurgicales europeennes Read it here
Effect of Microvascular Anastomosis Technique on End Product Outcome in Simulated Training: A Prospective Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery Read it here
Caffeine Does Not Reduce Blood Flow Following Arterial Anastomosis in the Rat. Journal of reconstructive microsurgery Read it here
Dietary guidelines for caffeine and chocolate after digital replantation. The Journal of hand surgery Read it here
The rat model in microsurgery education: classical exercises and new horizons. Archives of plastic surgery Read it here
Topical cilostazol inhibits neointimal hyperplasia in a rat interposition vein graft model. Plastic and reconstructive surgery Read it here
Effect of white adipose tissue flap and insulin-like growth factor-1 on nerve regeneration in rats. Microsurgery Read it here
Histologic and functional outcomes of nerve defects treated with acellular allograft versus cabled autograft in a rat model. Microsurgery Read it here
Microsurgery training for the twenty-first century. Archives of plastic surgery Read it here
The rat model of femur fracture for bone and mineral research: An improved description of expected comminution, quantity of soft callus and incidence of complications. Bone & joint research Read it here
Ipsilateral, cabled sural nerve for a sciatic nerve defect: an experimental model in the rat. Journal of neuroscience methods Read it here
Collagen nerve protector in rat sciatic nerve repair: A morphometric and histological analysis. Microsurgery Read it here
Endogenous adipose tissue as a hemostatic: use in microsurgery. Microsurgery Read it here
Applying the "3 Rs": training course in surgical techniques. Lab animal Read it here
Supermicrosurgery Simulation Training Program for Submillimeter Anastomoses in the Rat Epigastric Artery and Vein
Professional Associations
World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery
IMSS International Microsurgery Simuation Society
Co-Founder, Past President.
Robotic Assisted Microsurgical & Endoscopic Society (RAMSES)
Educational Board member
Educational Board member
Honorary member of the faculty of MSc Reconstructive Microsurgery team.
Queen Mary University of London 2016
Recent Engagements
Instructor Summer Masters in Microsurgery Singapore,
Invited Speaker WRSM Seoul,
invited Speak RAMSES Maastricht,
1/14-17, 2
Invited Speaker ASRM Hawaii,
Participant, Exhibitor ASRM meeting Jan 2018 Phoenix,
Global Review
4.8 /5
Knowledge aquired
4.8 /5
Aug 5, 2019
Dr. Matthew A.

Aug 4, 2019
Dr. Andrew H.

Jul 22, 2019
Dr. Brett S.

Fantastic course. Yelena is an excellent teacher. The course volunteers/interns were very helpful as well. Would recommend to anyone who want to gain micro-surgery experience.

Jul 15, 2019
Dr. Karlene M.

Jul 13, 2019
Dr. Alessio C.

Amazing experience

Jul 12, 2019
Dr. Travis B.

Jun 21, 2019
Dr. Andrew F.

It was a great opportunity to work on microsurgical skills over the course of 5 full days, but it would help been more useful if there was full faculty presence for more than 2 of the 5 days.

Jun 16, 2019
Dr. Janis L.

Great course. Celine was fantastic and so helpful with all the techniques.

May 28, 2019
Dr. Abby Y.

This course was fantastic - well worth making the trip from Australia for such high quality teaching. I never imagined my skills could develop quite so much in 5 days!

May 25, 2019
Dr. Christian Jose Y.

Yelena was an amazing teacher! She could find the way to make it easier. Unfortunately we don’t have too much microscopes to work with so it became complicated at the beginning but at the end of the course, I was more secure working with it. Thanks for everything!

May 24, 2019
Dr. Cesar Gerardo B.

May 18, 2019
Dr. Ricci Carolina C.

It was awesome, I love it ?

May 13, 2019
Dr. Stephanie S.

May 5, 2019
Dr. Alexander H.

Excellent hands-on course that builds on skills daily. The faculty allow appropriate independent learning, while also providing individualized tips to help progress through the course. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in microsurgical technique.

May 5, 2019

High level of training and a really important experience. I would definitely recommend it to all our colleagues!

May 4, 2019
Dr. Danny Y.

May 3, 2019

Apr 23, 2019
Caroline V.

Very good course. Individual attention. Individual program if needed. A lot of exposure to microsurgery.

Apr 19, 2019
Dr. Katy T.

This course is phenomenal, highly recommended. Yelena and Celine were amazing all week, incredibly patient and giving lots of wonderful hands on advice. The skills taught were challenging, but broken down to easily digested learning portions. The microsurgical skill set is very transferable to many different applications. I look forward to sharing some of these skills with my residents.

Mar 2, 2019
Dr. isabelle C.

Feb 26, 2019
Dr. Nouf A.

Feb 18, 2019
Dr. Luis T.

Feb 11, 2019
Dr. John C.

Jan 21, 2019
Dr. Jeffrey S.

Jan 20, 2019
Dr. Grant C.

Jan 13, 2019
Dr. Andrew R.

Excellent course, with great faculty and facilities. Very enjoyable and well run.

Dec 31, 2018
Dr. Dražen V.

It was fantastic course. A lot of individual work. I enjoyed this course. Drazen Vnuk

Dec 22, 2018
Dr. Mohit J.

Dec 16, 2018
Dr. Paul J. P.

Fantastic course: individualized, comprehensive, excellent resources and great teachinf - would highly recommend

Dec 15, 2018
Dr. Jakub M.

I recommend the Microsurgery Course.

Dec 9, 2018

very useful course in technique and ability to practice with immediate feedback. Would recommend to anyone interested in hand surgery; especially for upper-level residents and hand surgery fellows. Yelena and her interns are readily available for teaching and improving technique throughout the course.

Dec 9, 2018
Dr. Andrew M.

Thanks for a great week! The only downside to this course is the cost :)

Dec 2, 2018
Dr. David K.

Yelena and her team were very patient with me and allowed me to tailor the course to my clinical needs. It's the hardest thing I have ever done but I definitely improved throughout the week. I do recommend the course for all levels of experience.

Dec 1, 2018
Dr. Abedin S.

Nov 24, 2018
Dr. Henrik B.

Nov 24, 2018
Dr. Timothy S.

Excellent course, all the staff knew what they were doing, were helpful and constructive and I felt I got a lot out of the course

Nov 18, 2018
Dr. Nana O. S.

Oct 29, 2018
Dr. Rehan Z.

Oct 21, 2018
Dr. Ryan C.

Oct 14, 2018
Dr. Joshua J.

Excellent instructions

Oct 6, 2018
Dr. James M.

Sep 19, 2018
Dr. Guillermo E.

Sep 17, 2018
Dr. Joanna B.

I really enjoyed this course and my confidence in microsurgery bloomed! The facilities are second to none and for my level of expriece (CT2/ST3 transtion in UK system) I can think of no better way to learn, lots of time to go at my own pace and space to make mistakes and correct them with excellent feedback from Yelena, our trainer. A superb course, I will be reccomending it to all my plastic surgery colleauges.

Sep 14, 2018
Dr. Alan S.

Sep 2, 2018
Dr. Aileen E.

Great introductory course

Aug 18, 2018
Dr. Chia W.

Aug 17, 2018
Dr. Aldo L.

Aug 3, 2018
Dr. Nader H.

Jul 28, 2018
Dr. Yaroslav B.

Jul 14, 2018
Dr. Fatine E.

I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in microsurgery, or who wants to horn in on this difficult skill. It's a very informative course with complete hands on experience. No more than 3 students per week so the attention is really one on one and Dr Yelena is the BEST !

Jul 13, 2018
Dr. John S.

Excellent course!

Jul 7, 2018
Dr. Bryan B.

Jun 25, 2018
Dr. Andres L.

Jun 22, 2018
Dr. Moayad A.

Best course I've ever attended, the faculty were extremely organized and were able to tailor the experiences for each one of us, small grouping "3" made it possible for the faculty to monitor our progression and ensuring that we get the maximum out of these 5 days. Having zero experience in Microsurgery at day one, and being able to perform vein grafts by the end of the course can tell how useful it was. EXTREMELY RECOMMENDED.

Jun 16, 2018
Dr. Ahmed D.

Jun 15, 2018
Dr. Christopher S.

The knowledge and experience of Yelena, assistance from the highly trained and capable interns such as Amro, and small group setting of the course (maximum of three) make this probably one of the best microsurgery courses in the world. I would highly recommend it if you'd like to learn micro from scratch or brush up and develop your existing skills. Many thanks!

Jun 11, 2018
Dr. Boris A.

The course and personel overpassed my expectations. Academic level and Hospitality were the Highest features I ever seen in an International trainning. I recommend it doubtlessly.

Jun 2, 2018
Dr. Sayid Z.

Jun 2, 2018
Dr. Gerrit D.

Great Course, learnt a lot.

May 26, 2018
Dr. Ariane B.

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