Microsurgery for surgeons

An intensive three day practical course to learn the key skills and intricate techniques of microvascular surgery.

Target audience

The course is designed to impart technical skills for surgeons who want to practice clinical microvascular surgery. It is aimed at surgical specialists and specialists in training, with or without previous microsurgical experience. This includes plastic surgeons, hand surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, vascular surgeons, and urological surgeons.

Course setup

Each participant is provided with an independent operating microscope, instruments and sutures. The emphasis during the course is on practical training in an in vivo rat model . The course is conducted in English by multiple instructors, who closely monitor the practical sessions and provide continuous one-on-one guidance to the participants.

Teaching Faculty

The teaching faculty will comprise of microsurgeons and laboratory technicians who regularly use microsurgical techniques. This ensures participants will receive optimal guidance throughout the course.

Course Objectives

After completed course, the participants will:

  • Understand the basics of microsurgery techniques
  • Perform basic microvascular anastomoses (end-to-end arterial, end-to-end venous, end-to-side vascular anastomosis and interpositional vein grafts)
  • Understand the basics of nerve repair (optional)
  • Perform nerve coaptation (optional)
  • Perform free flap transfer in a rat model (optional)



Course directors

Klas Abelson, Professor, PhD
Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Copenhagen

Taiba Alrasheed, Microsurgeon
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Zealand University Hospital


Taiba Alrasheed, Microsurgeon
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Zealand University Hospital

Lea Juul Nielsen, Microsurgeon
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Copenhagen University Hospital

Peter Fryd Birkeland, Microsurgeon
Department of Neurosurgery, Copenhagen University Hospital

Assisting teachers

Rami Mossad Ibrahim, Plastic Surgeon
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University Hospital Herlev

Trine Schønfeldt, MD, PhD-student
Leo Foundation Skin Immunology Research Center, University of Copenhagen

Date and time

Course dates: September 18-20, 2024 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Social dinner: September 19, 2024

Available seats

The maximum number is 12 participants


We will start every morning with a plenary session continued by practical exercises. The course is a hands-on course with individual work under the microscopes with supervision by the instructors


University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Campus, Dyrlægevej, DK-1870 Frederiksberg 


The fee for the three-day course is 850 EUR* + social dinner additional fee 50 EUR (optional)

*including lunch, coffee, tea, afternoon snack and beverage. Transport and accommodation is not included.


Please contact Klas Abelson (klasab@sund.ku.dk) for registration.