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Dr. Yelena Akelina

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
117 Reviews

Upcoming events

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


Global Review
4.8 /5
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Knowledge aquired
4.8 /5
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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.


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