Advanced Microsurgical Skills Training

Dr. Yelena Akelina with microsurgrical trainee at surgical microscope

Microsurgery Training and Research Laboratory

Introduction to Microsurgery Training & Research Lab

The Microsurgery Training & Research Laboratory at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center was established in 1980 by Harold M. Dick, MD, former Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, with the goal of making microsurgery an integral part of a surgeon's training in various fields and specialties.

Originally offered only to orthopedic residents, the microsurgical training has been expanded to numerous surgical specialtie from more than 45 participating programs from across the United States, and from more than 50 countries around the world. Under the direction 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 an internationally recognized state-of-the-art teaching facility in microsurgery training and research. We train more than 200 surgeons a year, offering courses in basic and advanced microsurgery.

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

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