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Anthony Atala, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.4 out of 5

49 Ratings

Anthony Atala, M.D.


Clinical Interests

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

Contact Information

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


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

NPI Number

  • 1235111832
Anthony Atala, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.4 out of 5

49 Ratings

Anthony Atala, M.D.

Chair, Urology
Director, Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Professor, Urology
Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism

Research Interests

Tissue Engineering; Regenerative Medicine; Prostatic Neoplasms; Tissue Scaffolds; Stem Cells
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Contact Information

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

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Recent Publications

Cell therapy for stress urinary incontinence: present-day frontiers. Vinarov A, Atala A, Yoo J, Slusarenco R, Zhumataev M, Zhito A, Butnaru D.. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2018;12(2):e1108-1121.

Immunomodulatory cell therapy to target cystic fibrosis inflammation. Khoury O, Barrios C, Ortega V, Atala A, Murphy SV.. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2018;58(1):12-20.

Controlled release of insulin-like growth factor 1 enhances urethral sphincter function and histological structure in the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence in a rat model. Yan H, Zhong L, Jiang Y, Yang J, Deng J, Wei S, Opara E, Atala A, Mao X, Damaser M, Zhang Y.. BJU Int. 2018;121(2):301-312.

Self-assembled liver organoids recapitulate hepato-biliary organogenesis in vitro. Vyas D, Baptista PM, Brovold M, Moran E, Brovold M, Gaston B, Booth C, Samuel M, Atala A, Soker S.. Hepatology. 2018;67(2):750-761.

Regenerative medicine: progressing toward cures [editorial]. Atala A.. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2018;7(1):1-2.

Preface [editorial]. Atala A.. Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2018;3(1):2.

3D bioprinted functional and contractile cardiac tissue constructs. Wang Z, Lee SJ, Cheng HJ, Yoo JJ, Atala A.. Acta Biomater. 2018;70():48-56.

The potential of 3D printing in urological research and patient care. Colaco M, Igel DA, Atala A.. Nat Rev Urol. 2018;15(4):213-221.

In situ tissue regeneration of renal tissue induced by collagen hydrogel injection. Lee SJ, Wang HJ, Kim TH, Choi JS, Kulkarni G, Jackson JD, Atala A, Yoo JJ.. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2018;7(2):241-250.

A human bone marrow mesodermal-derived cell population with hemogenic potential. Mokhtari S, Colletti E, Yin W, Sanada C, Lamar Z, Simmons PJ, Walker S, Bishop C, Atala A, Zanjani ED, Porada CD, Almeida-Porada G.. Leukemia. 2018;():.

Skeletal myogenic differentiation of human urine-derived cells as a potential source for skeletal muscle regeneration. Chen W, Xie M, Yang B, Bharadwaj S, Song L, Liu G, Yi S, Ye G, Atala A, Zhang Y.. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2017;11(2):334-341.

Ibuprofen loaded PLA nanofibrous scaffolds increase proliferation of human skin cells in vitro and promote healing of full thickness incision wounds in vivo. Mohiti-Asli M, Saha S, Murphy SV, Gracz H, Pourdeyhimi B, Atala A, Loboa EG.. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2017;105(2):327-339.

The potential role of tissue-engineered urethral substitution: clinical and preclinical studies. Atala A, Danilevskiy M, Lyundup A, Glybochko P, Butnaru D, Vinarov A, Yoo JJ.. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2017;11(1):3-19.

A tunable hydrogel system for long-term release of cell-secreted cytokines and bioprinted in situ wound cell delivery. Skardal A, Murphy SV, Crowell K, Mack D, Atala A, Soker S.. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2017;105(7):1986-2000.

Microencapsulation of porcine thyroid cell organoids within a polymer microcapsule construct. Yang Y, Opara EC, Liu Y, Atala A, Zhao W.. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2017;242(3):286-296.

Tissue engineering: toward a new era of medicine. Shafiee A, Atala A.. Annu Rev Med. 2017;68():29-40.

3D bioprinting of urethra with PCL/PLCL blend and dual autologous cells in fibrin hydrogel: an in vitro evaluation of biomimetic mechanical property and cell growth environment. Zhang K, Fu Q, Yoo J, Chen X, Chandra P, Mo X, Song L, Atala A, Zhao W.. Acta Biomater. 2017;50():154-164.

Urological tissue cultures [commentary]. Atala A.. J Urol. 2017;197(2 Suppl):S15-S16.

Editorial: future directions for stem cell banking and therapy. McAllister T, Atala A.. Curr Stem Cell Res Ther. 2017;12(1):2.

Acellular urethra bioscaffold: decellularization of whole urethras for tissue engineering applications. Simoes IN, Vale P, Soker S, Atala A, Keller D, Noiva R, Carvalho S, Peleteiro C, Cabral JM, Eberli D, da Silva CL, Baptista PM.. Sci Rep. 2017;7():41934.

Multisensor-integrated organs-on-chips platform for automated and continual in situ monitoring of organoid behaviors. Zhang YS, Aleman J, Shin SR, Kilic T, Kim D, Mousavi Shaegh SA, Massa S, Riahi R, Chae S, Hu N, Avci H, Zhang W, Silvestri A, Sanati Nezhad A, Manbohi A, De Ferrari F, Polini A, Calzone G, Shaikh N, Alerasool P, Budina E, Kang J, Bhise N, Ribas J,.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017;114(12):E2293-2302.

Advancing the translation of stem cells to medicine [editorial]. Atala A.. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2017;6(1):1-2.

No evidence of genome editing activity from Natronobacterium gregoryi Argonaute (NgAgo) in human cells. Javidi-Parsijani P, Niu G, Davis M, Lu P, Atala A, Lu B.. PLoS One. 2017;12(5):e0177444.

Tissue-specific extracellular matrix enhances skeletal muscle precursor cell expansion and differentiation for potential application in cell therapy. Zhang D, Zhang Y, Zhang Y, Yi H, Wang Z, Wu R, He D, Wei G, Wei S, Hu Y, Deng J, Criswell T, Yoo JJ, Zhou Y, Atala A.. Tissue Eng Part A. 2017;23(15-16):784-794.

Transforming the approach to cell-based therapies [editorial]. Atala A, McAllister TN.. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2017;6(5):1305-1306.

In vitro skin expansion: wound healing assessment. Prim PM, Kim HS, Shapiro LE, Lee JS, Kaan JH, Jackson JD, Yoo JJ, Atala A, Lee SJ.. Wound Repair Regen. 2017;25(3):398-407.

Selective cell therapy for the treatment of renal failure. Atala A, Yoo JJ, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee.. United States patent US 9534203. 2017 Jan 3. 2017;():.

Kidney structures and methods of forming the same. Atala A, Yoo JJ, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee.. United States patent US 9580688. 2017 Feb 28. 2017;():.

Tissue expander. Atala A, Lee SJ, Yoo JJ, Scarpinato P, Ladd MR, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee.. United States patent US 9585688. 2017 Mar 7. 2017;():.

Inkjet gene printing. Atala A, Yoo JJ, Xu T, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee.. United States patent US 9598704. 2017 Mar 21. 2017;():.

Regenerative medicine: current concepts and changing trends [abstract]. Atala A.. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 2017;53(Suppl 1):S1.

Optical tracking and digital quantification of beating behavior in bioengineered human cardiac organoids. Devarasetty M, Forsythe S, Shupe TD, Soker S, Bishop CE, Atala A, Skardal A.. Biosensors (Basel). 2017;7(3):E24.

Electrospun vascular scaffold for cellularized small diameter blood vessels: a preclinical large animal study. Ju YM, Ahn H, Arenas-Herrera J, Kim C, Abolbashari M, Atala A, Yoo JJ, Lee SJ.. Acta Biomater. 2017;59():58-67.

Novel applications of calcium channel blockers: a new insight to cardiac drugs [abstract]. Motayagheni N, Hyre A, Mirzazadeh M, Subashchandrabose S, Atala A.. Cardiology. 2017;137(Suppl 1):43.

A quantitative, multi-national and multi-stakeholder assessment of barriers to the adoption of cell therapies. Davies BM, Smith J, Rikabi S, Wartolowska K, Morrey M, French A, MacLaren R, Williams D, Bure K, Pinedo-Villanueva R, Mathur A, Birchall M, Snyder E, Atala A, Reeve B, Brindley D.. J Tissue Eng. 2017;8():.

The potential role of stem cells in the treatment of fecal incontinence following posterior sagittal anorectoplasty operation [abstract]. Gadallah N, El-Okby A, El-Badawy R, Bakry S, El Bahrawy M, Atala A.. Neurourol Urodyn. 2017;36(Suppl 3):S239-S241.

Tissue-specific extracellular matrix promotes myogenic differentiation of human muscle progenitor cells on gelatin and heparin conjugated alginate hydrogels. Yi H, Forsythe S, He Y, Liu Q, Xiong G, Wei S, Li G, Atala A, Skardal A, Zhang Y.. Acta Biomater. 2017;62():222-233.

3D bioprinting of urethra with PCL/PLCL blend and dual autologous cells in fibrin hydrogel: an in vitro evaluation of biomimetic mechanical property and cell growth environment [abstract]. Zhang K, Fu Q, Atala A, Zhao W.. Int J Urol. 2017;24(Suppl 1):16.

Multi-tissue interactions in an integrated three-tissue organ-on-a-chip platform. Skardal A, Murphy SV, Devarasetty M, Mead I, Kang HW, Seol YJ, Shrike Zhang Y, Shin SR, Zhao L, Aleman J, Hall AR, Shupe TD, Kleensang A, Dokmeci MR, Jin Lee S, Jackson JD, Yoo JJ, Hartung T, Khademhosseini A, Soker S, Bishop CE, Atala A.. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):8837.

Three-dimensional testicular organoid: a novel tool for the study of human spermatogenesis and gonadotoxicity in vitro. Pendergraft SS, Sadri-Ardekani H, Atala A, Bishop CE.. Biol Reprod. 2017;96(3):720-732.

Solubilized amnion membrane hyaluronic acid hydrogel accelerates full-thickness wound healing. Murphy SV, Skardal A, Song L, Sutton K, Haug R, Mack DL, Jackson J, Soker S, Atala A.. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2017;6(11):2020-2032.

Lipid emulsion, more than reversing bupivacaine cardiotoxicity: potential organ protection. Motayagheni N, Phan S, Nozari A, Atala A.. J Pharm Pharm Sci. 2017;20():329-331.

miR-122 inhibition in a human liver spheroid model leads to liver inflammation, necrosis, steatofibrosis and dysregulated insulin signaling [abstract]. Sendi H, Wan MM, Koch K, Atala A, Bonkovsky HL, Bishop CE.. Hepatology. 2017;66(Suppl 1):1044A.

Immune dysregulation during cystic fibrosis pulmonary exacerbations [abstract]. Leung ST, Khoury O, Barrios C, Ortega V, Atala A, Murphy SV.. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2017;52(Suppl 47):S296.

A review of anesthetic effects on renal function: potential organ protection. Motayagheni N, Phan S, Eshraghi C, Nozari A, Atala A.. Am J Nephrol. 2017;46(5):380-389.

Urine-derived stem cells: a potential bio-marker for renal insufficiency [abstract]. Dou L, Xiong G, Zhang D, Tang W, Yi H, Li G, Bleyer M, Bleyer A, Atala A, Takahashi Y, Ma J, Zhang Y.. Tissue Eng Part A. 2017;23(Suppl 1):S81.

Drug and environmental toxin screening in bioengineered liver and cardiac tissue analogs [abstract]. Forsythe S, Devarasetty M, Shupe T, Bishop C, Soker S, Atala A, Skardal A.. Tissue Eng Part A. 2017;23(Suppl 1):S83.

In vitro culture of Spermatogonial Stem Cells in Klinefelter syndrome: a step forward to generate fertility [abstract]. Galdon G, Zarandi NP, Lue Y, Swerdloff RS, Kogan S, Sadri-Ardekani H, Atala A.. Tissue Eng Part A. 2017;23(Suppl 1):S130.

Optimization of hydrogel-based bioink printability using rheological parameters: a systematic approach [abstract]. Gillispie G, Copus J, Asari AK, Gao T, Yoo J, Atala A, Lee S.. Tissue Eng Part A. 2017;23(Suppl 1):S135.

Fabrication of functional biomimetic vascular scaffolds for use in renal tissue constructs [abstract]. Huling J, Min S, Ko I, Atala A, Yoo J.. Tissue Eng Part A. 2017;23(Suppl 1):S122.

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Professor, Urology
Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Clinical Interests

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

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*Dr. Atala is such a blessing to his patients. I feel very fortunate that my infant was in such great hands. he was very reassuring that my little baby's surgery would go great, and it did.


Dr. Atala was excellent with Izzy. He spoke with her and interacted in a way that made her (a child) feel comfortable in what could have been a very uncomfortable situation.


he scheduled a test for my daughter in 3 months but didn't give us much information on what the test would entail. he also told us he would do surgery in April as long as the test in January looked good but he gave us no information on what we could expect with the surgery.

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