Anthony Atala holds an M.D. degree. He is the W.H. Boyce Professor and the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Atala is a surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues, and organs. Dr. Atala serves on various roles such as the Editor-in-Chief of Current Stem Cell Research and Therapy and the Scientific World-Urology; as an Associate or Section Editor of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, The Journal of Rejuvenation Research, and Current Reviews in Urology; and as an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Journal of Urology (Urological Survey), Urology, Current Opinion in Urology, BioMed Central-Urology, the Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, Stem Cells and Development, Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy, and Biomedical Materials. Moreover, Dr. Atala has received numerous awards including the US Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award and the Gold Cystoscope Award, he was named by the Scientific American as a Medical Treatments Leader of the Year, and his work was listed as Discover Magazine`s Number 1 Top Science Story of the Year in the field of medicine in 2007. A time magazine poll ranked Dr. Atala as the 56th most influential person of the year in 2007. In 2008, he was named one of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century by Esquire magazine. In addition, Dr. Atala heads a team of over 150 physicians and researchers. He is the editor of eight books, has published more than 200 journal articles, and has applied for or received over 200 national and international patents.
Biography Updated on 13 January 2011