New President of American Academy of Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology President Dr. Abel Torres

Dr. Abel Torres

Congratulations Dr. Abel Torres!

Abel Torres, MD, JD, FAAD, elected president of the American Academy of Dermatology

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (Jun. 2, 2014) –

Board-certified dermatologist Abel Torres, MD, JD, FAAD, has been elected president of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), the world’s largest dermatologic society, representing more than 17,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions. In addition, Dr. Torres will hold this same position for the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

He will be installed as president-elect in March 2015 and will hold the office of president for one year beginning in March 2016.

“With my background as a physician and lawyer, I am uniquely positioned to help our members effectively address the challenges facing our specialty,” said Dr. Torres. “The Academy has an impressive, talented board of directors, and I am confident that we can better solidify our patient and physician advocacy and education efforts in order to turn these challenges into opportunities and enhance patient care and safety.”

Dr. Torres earned his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, New York. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUSM) in Loma Linda, California, his residency in dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City, and his fellowship in advanced dermatologic surgery and Mohs surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Torres is a professor and chairman of the department of dermatology at LLUSM and an associate professor of public health at Loma Linda University (LLU). In addition, Dr. Torres received his JD degree from the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and he is a member of the California Bar.

Currently, Dr. Torres is a member of the Academy’s board of directors and treasurer for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS). He has also served as a board member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology and the ASDS.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org. Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).

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