Anthony Atala

Wake Forest School of Medicine

Dr. Atala is a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine. His work focuses on growing human cells, tissues and organs, through tissue engineering technologies and 3D printing.

Dr. Atala's work has been described in the lay press. In 2003 he was named by Scientific American as a Medical Treatments Leader of the Year. 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 Medical Science Story of the Year 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' work was listed in the Huffington post as one of 18 great ideas of 2011, in Time Magazine as one of the top 5 medical breakthroughs of the year in 2011, by the American Association of Retired Persons as one of the 50 influential people who will make life better in 2012, by Time Magazine as one of 5 discoveries that will change the future of organ transplants in 2013, by Scientific American as one of the world's most influential people in biotechnology in 2015, and by Fast Company as an Innovation by Design Awardee in 2016. He also received the 2013 Edison Science/Medical Award, the 2016 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award, and the R&D 2016 Innovator of the Year Award for his work with bioprinting, and the Fast Company 2017 World Changing Ideas Award for Bioprinting Tissue and Organs.


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