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. To disseminate advancements in the field and its versatility, Dr. Linda Cendales directs a microsurgery course for Emory and non-Emory University physicians, fellows, residents, technicians and students.
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.
Dr. Cendales is the only surgeon in the United States trained in hand and microsurgery as well as transplant surgery. In addition to being a reconstructive surgeon in the Department of Surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine, she is the director of the Emory Transplant Center's Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) and Laboratory of Microsurgery. Composite allotransplantation is the re-transplantation of multiple tissues such as skin, muscle, bone, nerves and tendons as a functional unit.
Dr. Cendales assisted in the organization of the nation's first hand transplant team in Louisville, KY, which performed the first and second hand transplants in 1999 and 2001. She began conducting the first clinical trial of VCA in hand transplantation in 2009 and in March 2011 led the multi-disciplinary team that performed Emory's first hand transplant. The procedure was also the first in the Southeast and only the 14th such transplant in the country.
Following three weeks advance registration, the course is available year-round on a weekly basis. Upon completion, trainees receive a Microsurgical Techniques Training certificate. To register, please complete the online registration form and email it as an attachment to Dr. Cendales at email@example.com. An additional copy with course payment enclosed should be regular mailed to:
Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
1762 Clifton Road NE, Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30322
If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Dr. Cendales via email or at 404-727-0701.
The course takes place at the Emory University Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Participants can make accommodation arrangements at the Emory Conference Center (ECC). Fifteen miles from Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta, the ECC is conveniently located on the Emory campus.