Abel Torres

Abel Torres, MD, JD, MBA, FAAD, FACMS

Chairman & Professor

Business Phone: (352) 594-1919

About Abel Torres

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
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

Board Certifications

  • Dermatology
    American Board of Dermatology

Clinical Profile

  • Dermatology
Areas of Interest
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Burns
  • Skin Cancer


Dermatology leadership and a top-down approach to increasing diversity.
Clinics in dermatology. 38(3):316-320 [DOI] 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2020.02.006. [PMID] 32563343.
Leukemia cutis mimicking tumid lupus as the presenting sign in a case of mixed T/B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
JAAD case reports. 6(7):598-602 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jdcr.2020.04.033. [PMID] 32685647.
Practicing Safe Dermatology-Screening Out Liability.
JAMA dermatology. 154(2):142-143 [DOI] 10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.4838. [PMID] 29214301.
Commentary on Signs of Facial Aging in Men in a Diverse, Multinational Study: Timing and Preventive Behaviors.
Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]. 43 Suppl 2:S221-S224 [DOI] 10.1097/DSS.0000000000001379. [PMID] 29064989.
Medicolegal issues.
Clinics in dermatology. 34(1):106-10 [DOI] 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2015.07.001. [PMID] 26773630.
Immune-mediated changes in actinic keratosis following topical treatment with imiquimod 5% cream.
Journal of translational medicine. 5 [PMID] 17257431.
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5% imiquimod cream and reflectance-mode confocal microscopy as adjunct modalities to Mohs micrographic surgery for treatment of basal cell carcinoma.
Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]. 30(12 Pt 1):1462-9 [PMID] 15606733.
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2014-2016 · Weatherland School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
1987-1991 · Loyola Marymount University Law School
Medical Degree
1977-1979 · Mount Sinai School of Medicine, CUNY
Bachelor of Science – Biomedical Sciences
1973-1977 · Sophie Davis Center for Biomedical Education, CUNY

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