A leading person in this new field is Dr. Anthony Atala. He is head of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He was born in Peru, but grew up in Florida. His educational experiences obviously guided him in the direction of Regenerative Medicine, because was a fellow at Harvard Medical School, and therefore was affiliated with Boston's Children Hospital. It was here that he was under the guidance of two world-renowned pediatric surgeons that he also got involved as the Director of the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Cellular Therapeutics at the Children's Hospital. He continued this work after he finished his education and was employed by Wake Forest University. It is here that he lead the first team to create an organ, which happened to be a bladder, that was was implanted into a person successfully. Above is a picture of Dr. Atala.
I feel that Dr. Atala and others who are developing this field even further are creative because this concept of Regenerative Medicine is an extremely novel idea. The thought of taking our own cells and making them recreate themselves is a brillant idea that involves a deep understanding of the human body and genetics specifically. Who would have ever thought that our cells would have the ability to do this? Not only is Regenerative Medicine novel, but it is also extremely appropriate. It is appropriate in the sense that it addresses the severe problem of thousands of people dying every year just waiting for an organ to become available and the tragedy of military living their lives without limbs because they were protecting our country. Regenerative Medicine has created a solution to these two problems by allowing our body to do what it has always known how to do, recreate itself using the genetic code. Above is a picture of an ear created through the process of Regenerative Medicine.