Anthony Atala, MD, Named Chair of the ACS Board of Regents

November 22, 2023

Anthony Atala, MD

Anthony Atala, MD, FACS, is the new Chair of the ACS Board of Regents (BoR). The announcement of his election came during Clinical Congress 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Atala, a pediatric urologist, is the George Link Jr. professor and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), and the W. H. Boyce professor and chair of urology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to chair the Board of Regents of the ACS,” said Dr. Atala. “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues as we continue to work collectively to improve the care of the surgical patient and serve our members as they strive to deliver the highest quality of surgical care.”

As Chair, Dr. Atala also will lead the BoR Finance and Executive Committees, as well as work in concert with ACS Executive Director & CEO Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS. The Board, comprised of 24 members, shapes policies, and supervises the overall management of the College. The varied backgrounds and expertise of the Board members allow for a broad representation of the surgical community and its multifaceted perspectives on current issues.

An ACS Fellow since 1996, Dr. Atala has served as a member and Chair of the Advisory Council for Urology, a member of the Board of Governors, and has been a strong and thoughtful contributor to the ACS Surgical Forum and Surgical Research Committee.

In addition to his role with the ACS, Dr. Atala has been an active member and leader in several professional and governmental organizations, contributing his expertise to the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute's Advisory Board, and founding multiple societies dedicated to the advancement of regenerative medicine. He has published more than 800 peer-reviewed journal articles and holds more than 300 national and international patents.