Medical Expert - Anthony Atala, MD

Area of Expertise: Tissue Engineering
Area of Expertise: Pediatric Urology
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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.

Keywords

tissue 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

IN THE NEWS

Atala, Williams Named Fellows of Regenerative Medicine Organization

Atala, Williams Named Fellows of Regenerative Medicine Organization WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Oct. 3, 2012 – Anthony Atala, M.D., and David Williams, Ph.D., from the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, are among 22 regenerative medicine leaders from

Medical Center Physician-Scientist Named to Prestigious Institute of Medicine
Anthony Atala, M.D., chair and professor of urology and director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, is one of 65 new members named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Research Named a Top Medical Breakthrough of the Year
Research led by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’sInstitute for Regenerative Medicine has been named one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year by Time magazine. The research team was the first in the world to use patients’ own cells to build tailor-made urinary tubes in the lab and successfully replace damaged tissue in five boys.

Tiny Livers Engineered in Lab

Researchers at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are the first to use human liver cells to successfully engineer miniature livers that function – at least in a laboratory setting – like human livers.  

Wake Forest Baptist July Awards and Recognitions
Wake Forest Baptist’s DuBose honored by American Society of Nephrology. Regenerative Medicine professor receives gold medal award. Regenerative Medicine researcher wins national fellowship. Wake Forest Baptist Ob-Gyn Clinic receives accreditation. Wake Forest Baptist’s Burn Center receives re-verification.
Wake Forest Baptist October Awards and Recognitions
Wake Forest Baptist October Awards and Recognitions

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