Anthony Atala, MD
Director, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Professor and Chair of Urology
Atala directs the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, where scientists work on developing healing cell therapies and engineering replacement tissues and organs in the lab. His team was the first in the world to engineer and successfully implant an engineered organ in the lab -- bladders. Institute scientists are currently working on therapies for more than 30 areas of the body, from heart valves and muscle tissue to livers and kidneys. Atala has received the Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, given to a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will significantly affect society. He is listed in Best Doctors in America.
Keywordstissue engineering (growing new tissues and organs), stem cells (understanding cell biology and using cells for therapy), regenerative medicine (using various modalities, such as drug delivery, nanotechnology, tissue engineering and stem cells, to treat disease), pediatric urology