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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
102 Reviews

Upcoming events

“Neuroscience of Emotional Intelligence for Physicians” NEQ for MDs
Oct 24, 2020
10:00 AM


Global Review
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Sep 26, 2020
Paul H. Yelena was an exceptional instructor for this course. The hands-on experience certainly built confidence and expanded my knowledge and skill set. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone pursuing a career in hand surgery.
Sep 18, 2020
Dr. Keith A. Great course! Dr. Akelina is an excellent teacher
Aug 30, 2020
Dr. Cory L.
Aug 16, 2020
Dr. Stephen R.
Aug 7, 2020
Dr. Luke P. Fantastic course. Excellent training from Dr. Akelina. Feel far more comfortable in the OR.
Jul 18, 2020
Dr. Shaan P.


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