HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 23, 2015 – Anthony Atala, a physician and internationally recognized scientist in the field of regenerative medicine, has joined High Point University’s Board of Advisors.
HPU’s National Board of Advisors is composed of Fortune 500 CEOs, thought leaders, and distinguished visionaries who have positively impacted the United States and the world in significant ways. Dr. Atala joins other distinguished members of the board, including Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national security advisor; and Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder.
Dr. Atala 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 Baptist Medical Center. He is a practicing surgeon and researcher in the area of regenerative medicine whose current work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs. He has received global attention for using 3D printing to create organ prototypes.
His 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, and by Time Magazine as one of five discoveries that will change the future of organ transplants in 2013.
“We are privileged to be associated with Dr. Atala and know that the university family will benefit measurably from his expertise and wisdom,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “Our board will be well-served by him as HPU launches new programs in the School of Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy.”