Abel Torres, MD, JD, MBA


An accomplished clinician, researcher, educator and lawyer, Dr. Torres has spent his career caring for patients with health issues such as skin cancer; researching complex dermatologic conditions; training medical students, residents and fellows; and, as a lawyer, educating physicians on medical-legal issues.

Over the years, he has authored numerous manuscripts and book chapters and has led research studies on topics ranging from the treatment of leg ulcers and burns with cell cultures to targeting anti-angiogenesis in the treatment of actinic keratosis. His current research interests include the use of topical immunomodulators in skin cancer treatment and noninvasive imaging techniques in detecting skin cancer.

During his tenure at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Torres established the fellowship training program in Mohs/dermatologic surgery and oversaw the evolution of the dermatology program from a division to a department. He also served as co-director of the dermatology residency program from 1988 to 1996, selecting residents, developing the curriculum and coordinating grand rounds. In the 1990s, as an assistant dean for clinical education, he was instrumental in helping to implement a new clinical curriculum and standardized patient assessment program for third- and fourth-year medical students. Recently, at MetroHealth, he expanded the department of dermatology and established a new Mohs fellowship training program.

He has served on premier dermatology professional society boards, including the American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. He is currently the immediate past president of the American Academy of Dermatology, which represents over 17,000 dermatologists.

Professional Societies

American Dermatology Association Fellow
Association of Professors of Dermatology (APD) Member
Dermatology Leaders Society (DLS) Member
Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons (AADS) Member
American Bar Association (ABA) Member

Awards and Recognitions

President of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2016-2017
President-Elect for the American Academy of Dermatology, 2015-2016
American Academy of Dermatology Board of Directors, 2011-2014
Treasurer for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Board, 2012-2105
American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Board of Directors, 2009-2012

Medical Education

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, City University of New York, New York, 6-year B.S. / M.D. program


Internal Medicine – Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California


Internal Medicine – Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California

Dermatology, New York University Medical Center, New York, New York


Advanced Dermatologic Surgery/Mohs Surgery Fellowship: University of California at San Francisco, California

Wound Healing Fellowship- (2 months), New York University Medical Center, New York, New York

Other Degrees

J.D., Loyola Marymount University Law School, Los Angeles, California

MBA, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Selected Publications

Konda S, Torres A. Practicing Safe Dermatology-Screening Out Liability. JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Feb 1;154(2):142-143. doi: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.4838. No abstract available. PMID: 29214301

Konda S, Quertermous J, Torres A. Commentary on Signs of Facial Aging in Men in a Diverse, Multinational Study: Timing and Preventive Behaviors.  Dermatol Surg. 2017 Nov;43 Suppl 2:S221-S224. doi: 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001379. No abstract available. PMID29064989

Waldman A, Arndt KA, Avram MM, Brown MR, Dover JS, Fabi SG, Friedmann DP, Geronemus RG, Goldberg DJ, Goldman MP, Green JB, Ibrahimi OA, Jones DH, Kilmer SL, McDaniel DH, Obagi S, Ortiz AE, Rohrer TE, Taylor MB, Torres A, Weinkle SH, Weiss MA, Weiss ET, Weiss RA, Poon E, Alam M. ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship Milestones. Dermatol Surg. 2016 Oct;42(10):1164-73. PMID: 27661429

Torres A, Konda S, Nino T, de Golian E. Medicolegal Issues. Clin in Dermatol. 2016 JanFeb;(1):106-10. PMID: 27661429. doi: 10.10.16/jclindermatol.2015.07.001 Epub www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/SO738081X15001340.

Nino T, Sedrak J, Torres A. Skin Cancer, In: Geriatric Dermatology, Roberts WE Ed. Springer Science+ Business Media. Invited to contribute 2013 and pending publication 2016.

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Contact Information


Department of Dermatology

University of Florida College of Medicine
PO Box 100279
Gainesville, FL 32610-0279

Clinic Phone (352) 594-1500
Fax (352) 627-4336

(352) 594-1919 Assistant, Traci LaPlaca.