Microsurgical Techniques and Skills Training Course

Microsurgery uses high-powered microscopes to assist in performing microvascular surgical repairs involving small vessels, nerves and/or other tissues and can be applied in a wide range of surgical settings.

Course participants receive training in the use of the operating microscope and associated microsurgical instruments, basic microsurgical dissection and suturing techniques, artery and vein anastomoses, end-to-end and end-to-side repair, interpositional vein graft and neurorrhaphy. Research-technicians can also receive training in the microsurgical skills required for animal models in the lab. Feedback and evaluation are provided throughout, as well as individual, one-on-one laboratory instruction, guidance and monitoring.

Target Audience

The course is aimed at novice and experienced people who want to train or practice microsurgery.  


Following four weeks advance registration, this is a full-week course (Monday through Friday) available the last full fourth week of each month. If the fourth week of a month does not end on a Friday, the course will be offered the week before.

Registration Fees

Trainee: $2,300
Faculty: $2,800

Please send your check, payable to Duke University, to: 

Department of Surgery
ATTN. Lindon Pearson
DUMC Box 3704
HAFS Bldg, 7th floor, Room 7681
Durham, NC 27710

Cancellation Policy

All requests for cancellation refund must be received at least three weeks in advance of the training start date. A $100 cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds will be given if cancelling within three weeks of the course date.


Course Director
Linda Cendales, MD
Associate Professor
Director, Duke Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) Program
Duke University Medical Center
Box 3098
Durham, NC  27710

Phone:  919-684-8661
Fax:      919-681-2670
Email:   linda.cendales@duke.edu