Dr. Anthony Atala, MD
Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Dr. Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He 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. He is Editor-in-Chief of Stem Cells Translational Medicine and Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy. In 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He was featured in U.S. News & World Report as 1 of 14 Pioneers of Medical Progress in the 21st Century. He has received many awards for his work, including the 2013 Edison Science Award, the 2016 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award, and the R&D 2016 Innovator of the Year Award. More than 14 applications of technologies developed in his laboratory have been used clinically. He is the editor of 20 books, has published more than 500 journal articles, and has applied for or received more than 200 national and international patents.