2019 Dr. Pearl Lectureship Series: Featuring Dr. Joseph P. Vacanti

Tissue Engineering - From the Bedside to the Bench to the Bedside

Known as the “Father of Tissue Engineering,” Dr. Joseph P. Vacanti will discuss his transformative research in building tissue constructs using living cells on specially designed degradable plastic matrices, with the goal of eventually growing entire organs.

The Dr. Richard Pearl Lectureship Series was established to bring national and internationally known clinicians to speak to OSF HealthCare Mission Partners, students and the community on advancements in health care throughout the world.   

About Dr. Joseph Vacanti

Joseph Vacanti, M.D.

Dr. Vacanti, the Director of the Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Organ Fabrication at Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute, began his work in the field of tissue engineering in 1985 and has served in a variety of roles over the years.

These include Chief of Pediatric Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the John Homans Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

He has authored more than 265 original reports, 62 book chapters and over 430 abstracts. He has 75 patents or patents pending in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.

Dr. Vacanti was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and serves as President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

Dr. Vacanti became a 2011 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in the field of physiology or medicine, an elite group often a precursor to nomination for The Nobel Prize. 

About Dr. Richard Pearl


Dr. Richard Pearl dedicated 20 years of service to OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois as the Director of Pediatric Trauma and Surgeon-in-Chief at OSF Children’s Hospital and Director of the Pediatric Surgery Center.

He was also the Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria.

Dr. Pearl continues serving OSF HealthCare as the Director of Surgical Simulation for Jump Simulation where he organizes surgical simulation projects, coordinates American College of Surgeons accreditation and oversees the ACS Simulation Fellowship.