Dermatologic Surgery

(PGY2, PGY3, PGY4)

During their rotations in dermatologic surgery, residents gain exposure to surgical therapies for benign and malignant cutaneous neoplasms, in addition to cosmetic procedures.

In Dermatologic surgery, residents will:

  • Become proficient in basic surgical skills: shave and punch biopsies, simple excisions and repairs, cryotherapy
  • Become proficient in wide local excisions and intermediate repairs
  • Learn and apply universal precautions
  • Understand the indications for and techniques of Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Interpreting frozen sections of skin
  • Design and perform flap repairs
  • Plan and perform full thickness and split thickness skin grafts
  • Learn and apply the concepts of first and second intention wound healing
  • Learn the principles of wound care, including appropriate use of pressure and synthetic surgical dressings
  • Prescribe analgesics appropriately and safely
  • Acquire experience in laser surgery, chemical peels, botulinum toxin, and soft tissue fillers


UF Health Dermatology at Springhill

Malcolm Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Abel Torres

Abel Torres MD, JD, MBA, FAAD, FACMS

Chairman & Professor
Phone: (352) 594-1919

Dr. Torres is a clinician, researcher, educator and lawyer serving as chair of the University of Florida Department of Dermatology. He has spent his career tackling complex dermatologic conditions by providing excellent patient care, embarking on extensive research and training advanced medical students, in both the clinical and legal areas of medicine.

He has led research on topics including the treatment of leg ulcers and burns, as well as actinic keratosis. Dr. Torres’ current research interest include topical immunomodulators in the treatment of skin cancers, as well as noninvasive techniques in skin cancer detection.

  • President of the American Academy of Dermatology
    2016-2017 · American Academy of Dermatology
  • Treasurer
    2012-2015 · American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Board
  • Member of the Board of Directors, American Academy of Dermatology
    2011-2014 · American Academy of Dermatology
  • Member of the Board of Directors, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
    2009-2012 · American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
  • Dermatology
    American Board of Dermatology
  • Dermatology
Clinical Interests:
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Burns
  • Skin Cancer
  • 2014-2016
    Weatherland School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • 1987-1991
    Loyola Marymount University Law School
  • 1977-1979
    Medical Degree
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, CUNY
  • 1973-1977
    Bachelor of Science – Biomedical Sciences
    Sophie Davis Center for Biomedical Education, CUNY