Dr. Anthony Atala

Anthony Atala, M.D., is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University. Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs.

Some of Dr. Atala’s many awards include; the US Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, the World Technology Award in Health and Medicine, the Samuel D. Gross Prize,  In 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  Dr. Atala was elected to the Royal Academy for the Encouragement of the Arts in 2012, and to the National Academy of Inventors as a Charter Fellow in 2013.  Dr. Atala’s team received the Edison Science/Medical Award in 2013.

In 2003 he was named by Scientific American as a Medical Treatments Leader of the Year for his contributions to the fields of cell, tissue and organ regeneration. Dr. Atala’s work was listed as Time Magazine’s top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year, and as Discover Magazine`s Number 1 Top Science Story of the Year in the field of medicine in 2007. In 2009 Dr. Atala was featured in U.S. News & World Report as one of 14 Pioneers of Medical Progress in the 21st Century, and his work in 2010 was listed by Smithsonian Magazine as one of 40 things to know about the next 40 years.

Dr. Atala heads a team of over 300 physicians and researchers. Over ten applications of technologies developed in Dr. Atala’s laboratory have been used clinically. He is the editor of twelve books, including Essentials of Stem Cell Biology, Principles of Regenerative Medicine, Foundations of Regenerative Medicine, Methods of Tissue Engineering,and Minimally Invasive Urology. He has published more than 400 journal articles and has applied for or received over 200 national and international patents.