Anthony J. Atala, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.5 out of 5

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Anthony J. Atala, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Urology, Adolescent Urology, Microsurgery, Pediatric Urology, Reconstructive Urology

Contact Information

New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
Returning Patient Appointments: 336-716-4131
Department: 336-716-4131

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Education & Training

  • B.A., University of Miami, 1984
  • M.D., University of Louisville School of Medicine, 1985
  • Internship, U Louisville Affil Hosps, 1986
  • Residency, U Louisville Affil Hosps, 1990
  • Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, 1991
  • Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, 1992

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Urology, Urology


  • Soc Of Genitourinary Reconstru
  • Institute of Medicine
  • American Association of Genito
  • Am Coll Of Surgeons

NPI Number

  • 1235111832
Anthony J. Atala, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.5 out of 5

50 Ratings

Anthony J. Atala, M.D.

Chair, Urology
Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Professor, Urology
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Center for Diabetes Research
Center for Comparative Medicine Research
Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Physiology & Pharmacology

Research Interests

biotechnology, cell growth, differentiation,d, congenital defects, critical/intensive care medici, cross(mult/tnslat/inter)discip, degenerative disorders, education outreach, education/training (all f, t,, engineering/bioengineering, immunology/allergy/inflammatio, infectious diseases, medical technology/devices, men?s health issues, surgery/trauma/burns/trauma, transplantation

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-5701 | Department: 336-716-4131

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Recent Publications

Murphy SV, Atala A. Cell therapy for cystic fibrosis. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2015;9(3):210-223.

De Filippo RE, Kornitzer BS, Yoo JJ, Atala A. Penile urethra replacement with autologous cell-seeded tubularized collagen matrices. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2015;9(3):257-264.

Chun SY, Mack DL, Moorefield E, Oh SH, Kwon TG, Pettenati MJ, Yoo JJ, Coppi PD, Atala A, Soker S. Pdx1 and controlled culture conditions induced differentiation of human amniotic fluid-derived stem cells to insulin-producing clusters. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2015;9(5):540-549.

Ko IK, Peng L, Peloso A, Smith CJ, Dhal A, Deegan DB, Zimmerman C, Clouse C, Zhao W, Shupe TD, Soker S, Yoo JJ, Atala A. Bioengineered transplantable porcine livers with re-endothelialized vasculature. Biomaterials. 2015;40():72-79.

Sadri-Ardekani H, Atala A. Regenerative medicine for the treatment of reproductive system disorders: current and potential options. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2015;82-83():145-152.

Atala A. Human stem cell-derived retinal cells for macular diseases [editorial]. Lancet. 2015;385(9967):487-488.

Skardal A, Atala A. Biomaterials for integration with 3-D bioprinting. Ann Biomed Eng. 2015;43(3):730-746.

Hunsberger J, Harrysson O, Shirwaiker R, Starly B, Wysk R, Cohen P, Allickson J, Yoo J, Atala A. Manufacturing road map for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2015;4(2):130-135.

Moradi M, Hood B, Moradi M, Atala A. The potential role of regenerative medicine in the management of traumatic patients. J Inj Violence Res. 2015;7(1):27-35.

Atala A. The stem cells translational medicine community [editorial]. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2015;4(1):1.

Ahn H, Ju YM, Takahashi H, Williams DF, Yoo JJ, Lee SJ, Okano T, Atala A. Engineered small diameter vascular grafts by combining cell sheet engineering and electrospinning technology. Acta Biomater. 2015;16():14-22.

Williams JK, Eckman D, Dean A, Moradi M, Allickson J, Cline JM, Yoo JJ, Atala A. The dose-effect safety profile of skeletal muscle precursor cell therapy in a dog model of intrinsic urinary sphincter deficiency. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2015;4(3):286-294.

Skardal A, Devarasetty M, Rodman C, Atala A, Soker S. Liver-tumor hybrid organoids for modeling tumor growth and drug response in vitro. Ann Biomed Eng. 2015;():.

Atala A, Murphy S. Regenerative medicine. JAMA. 2015;313(14):1413-1414.

Kim IH, Ko IK, Atala A, Yoo JJ. Whole kidney engineering for clinical translation. Curr Opin Organ Transplant. 2015;20(2):165-170.

Tatara AM, Kretlow JD, Spicer PP, Lu S, Lam J, Liu W, Cao Y, Liu G, Jackson JD, Yoo JJ, Atala A, van den Beucken JJ, Jansen JA, Kasper FK, Ho T, Demian N, Miller MJ, Wong ME, Mikos AG. Autologously generated tissue-engineered bone flaps for reconstruction of large mandibular defects in an ovine model. Tissue Eng Part A. 2015;21(9-10):1520-1528.

Atala AJ, Soker S, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Enhancement of angiogenesis to grafts using cells engineered to produce growth factors. United States patent US 8,940,292. 2015 Jan 27. 2015;():.

Atala AJ, Milanesi A, Soker S, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Regeneration of pancreatic islets by amniotic fluid stem cell therapy. United States patent US 9,056,093. 2015 June 16. 2015;():.

Atala AJ, Yoo JJ, Grace L, Lim G, Lee SJ, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Production of tissue engineered digits and limbs. United States patent US 9,039,782. 2015 May 26. 2015;():.

Atala AJ, Hodges SJ, Sullivan CA, Yoo JJ, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Medical devices incorporating collagen inhibitors. Germany patent DE 2101834. 2015 Mar 25 (patent also held in European Patent Office, France, and Greece). 2015;():.

Xu T, Yoo JJ, Atala AJ, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Inkjet gene printing. United States patent US 9,045,757. 2015 June 2. 2015;():.

Xu T, Yoo JJ, Atala AJ, Dice D, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Inkjet printing of tissues and cells. United States patent US 9,005,972. 2015 Apr 4. 2015;():.

Atala A, Allickson JG, eds.. In: Translational regenerative medicine. Amsterdam: Elsevier;2015: .

Chung HC, Ko IK, Atala A, Yoo JJ. Cell-based therapy for kidney disease. Korean J Urol. 2015;56(6):412-421.

Lv XG, Feng C, Fu Q, Xie H, Wang Y, Huang JW, Xie MK, Atala A, Xu YM, Zhao WX. Comparative study of different seeding methods based on a multilayer SIS scaffold: which is the optimal procedure for urethral tissue engineering?. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2015;():.

Merceron TK, Burt M, Seol YJ, Kang HW, Lee SJ, Yoo JJ, Atala A. A 3D bioprinted complex structure for engineering the muscle-tendon unit. Biofabrication. 2015;7(3):035003.

Peloso A, Dhal A, Zambon JP, Li P, Orlando G, Atala A, Soker S. Current achievements and future perspectives in whole-organ bioengineering. Stem Cell Res Ther. 2015;6():107.

Moon KH, Ko IK, Yoo JJ, Atala A. Kidney diseases and tissue engineering. Methods. 2015;():.

Zhang Z, Niu G, Choi JS, Giegengack M, Atala A, Soker S. Bioengineered multilayered human corneas from discarded human corneal tissue. . 2015;10(3):035012.

Kang SB, Ju YM, Lee SJ, Atala A, Yoo JJ. Functional recovery of denervated muscle by neurotization using nerve guidance channels. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2015;9(7):838-846.

Skardal A, Devarasetty M, Kang HW, Mead I, Bishop C, Shupe T, Lee SJ, Jackson J, Yoo J, Soker S, Atala A. A hydrogel bioink toolkit for mimicking native tissue biochemical and mechanical properties in bioprinted tissue constructs. Acta Biomater. 2015;25():24-34.

Atala A. Editorial. Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2014;9(1):1.

Lanza R, Atala A, eds.. In: Essentials of stem cell biology. 3rd ed. San Diego (CA): Academic Press;2014: .

Cananzi M, Atala A, de Coppi P. Stem cells derived from amniotic fluid In: Lanza R, Atala A, eds. Essentials of stem cell biology. 3rd ed. San Diego (CA): Academic Press;2014: 141-156.

Atala A. Stem cells translational medicine: exciting progress, growing partnerships, and new vehicles for information dissemination [editorial]. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2014;3(1):1.

Cui T, Terlecki R, Atala A. Tissue engineering in urethral reconstruction. Arch Esp Urol. 2014;67(1):29-34.

Joo S, Lim HJ, Jackson JD, Atala A, Yoo JJ. Myogenic-induced mesenchymal stem cells are capable of modulating the immune response by regulatory T cells. J Tissue Eng. 2014;5():.

Zani A, Cananzi M, Fascetti-Leon F, Lauriti G, Smith VV, Bollini S, Ghionzoli M, D'Arrigo A, Pozzobon M, Piccoli M, Hicks A, Wells J, Siow B, Sebire NJ, Bishop C, Leon A, Atala A, Lythgoe MF, Pierro A, Eaton S, De Coppi P. Amniotic fluid stem cells improve survival and enhance repair of damaged intestine in necrotising enterocolitis via a COX-2 dependent mechanism. Gut. 2014;63(2):300-309.

Baptista PM, Atala A. Regenerative medicine: the hurdles and hopes [commentary]. Transl Res. 2014;163(4):255-258.

Orabi H, Aboushwareb T, Tan J, Yoo JJ, Atala A. Can computed tomography--assisted virtual endoscopy be an innovative tool for detecting urethral tissue pathologies. Urology. 2014;83(4):930-938.

Song L, Murphy SV, Yang B, Xu Y, Zhang Y, Atala A. Bladder acellular matrix and its application in bladder augmentation. Tissue Eng Part B Rev. 2014;20(2):163-172.

Atala A. Organ preservation, organ and cell transplantation, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine: the terms may change, but the goals remain the same. Tissue Eng Part A. 2014;20(3-4):445-446.

Chapple C, Andrich D, Atala A, Barbagli G, Cavalcanti A, Kulkarni S, Mangera A, Nakajima Y. SIU/ICUD Consultation on Urethral Strictures: the management of anterior urethral stricture disease using substitution urethroplasty. Urology. 2014;83(3 Suppl):S31-S47.

Hwang CM, Lee BK, Green D, Jeong SY, Khang G, Jackson JD, Atala A, Lee SJ, Yoo JJ. Auricular reconstruction using tissue-engineered alloplastic implants for improved clinical outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014;133(3):360e-369e.

Atala A. Regenerative bladder augmentation using autologous tissue-when will we get there? [editorial]. J Urol. 2014;191(5):1204-1205.

Lee SJ, Yoo JJ, Atala A. Recent applications of polymeric biomaterials and stem cells in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Polymer [Korea]. 2014;38(2):113-128.

Lu B, Atala A. Small molecules and small molecule drugs in regenerative medicine. Drug Discov Today. 2014;19(6):801-808.

Raya-Rivera AM, Esquiliano D, Fierro-Pastrana R, Lopez-Bayghen E, Valencia P, Ordorica-Flores R, Soker S, Yoo JJ, Atala A. Tissue-engineered autologous vaginal organs in patients: a pilot cohort study. Lancet. 2014;384(9940):329-336.

Orlando G, Soker S, Stratta RJ, Atala A. Will regenerative medicine replace transplantation? In: Turka LA, Wood KJ, eds. Transplantation. New York: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press;2014: 407-420.

Terlecki RP, Atala A. Tissue engineering of the urethra: the basics, current concept, and the future In: Brandes SB, Morey AF, eds. Advanced male urethral and genital reconstructive surgery. 2nd ed. New York: Humana Press;2014: 507-518.

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Professor, Urology

Clinical Interests

Urology, Adolescent Urology, Microsurgery, Pediatric Urology, Reconstructive Urology
Anthony J. Atala, M.D.

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*Dr. Atala is the best. I wish he was a family doctor so that we could see him for all our medical problems.


Loved Dr. Atala! He really takes the time to explain things and make sure you understand them before he leaves the exam room!


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We drive 3 hours to see this doctor. He is amazing.


*Anthony Atala is an EXCELLENT doctor!! Our son really liked him!


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