Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

, Volume 7, Issue 7, pp 831–835

Tissue and organ engineering: Can we build intestine and vital organs?

  • Joseph P. Vacanti
State-of-the-Art Lecture

DOI: 10.1007/s11605-003-0026-8

Cite this article as:
Vacanti, J.P. Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery (2003) 7: 831. doi:10.1007/s11605-003-0026-8


The field of tissue engineering has emerged over the past 20 years. This paper presents a brief review of the conceptual framework of the field, its relationship to stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, and several examples of the state of the art including engineering of intestine as well as large vital organs such as the liver.

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© The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph P. Vacanti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryHarvard Medical School and Massachusetts General HospitalBoston
  2. 2.Massachusetts General HospitalBoston