Tissue engineering. Academic Article uri icon


  • Tissue engineering will potentially change the practice of plastic surgery more than any other clinical specialty. It is an interdisciplinary field that promises new methods of tissue repair. There has been more than $3.5 billion invested in this field since 1990. Relevant areas of progress include advanced computing, biomaterials, cell technology, growth factor fabrication and delivery, and gene manipulation. Beneficial clinical techniques will emerge from continued investigation in each of these areas. Techniques that are developed must be scaled up to industry with products cleared by regulatory agencies and acceptable to clinicians and patients. A goal of tissue engineering is to change clinical practice, yielding improved patient outcomes and lower costs of care.

published proceedings

  • Clin Plast Surg

author list (cited authors)

  • Miller, M. J., & Patrick, C. W.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Miller, Michael J||Patrick, Charles W

publication date

  • January 2003