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Dr. de la Torre

Director, Division of Plastic Surgery
Bruce F. Connell M.D., Endowed Chair in Plastic Surgery

Areas of Interest
abdominoplasty, aesthetic surgery, body contouring, breast reduction and mastopexy procedures, complex wound healing problems including pressure sores, liposuction, trunk contouring after gastric bypass


Jorge I. de la Torre, M.D., FACS, MSHA, is Professor of Surgery and Rehabilitative Medicine and is the Director of the Division of Plastic Surgery. He also has serves as an Assistant Chief Medical Officer at UAB, Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency and Section Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. He is the founding Director of the Center for Advanced Surgical Aesthetics at UAB.

Dr. de la Torre is from Texas, where he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Texas in Austin. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He completed general surgery training at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston and a plastic surgery residency at Nassau University Medical Center with the Long Island Plastic Surgery Group. He then completed a fellowship specializing in aesthetic plastic surgery and breast surgery at UAB. Currently, he is participating in the Masters of Science in Health Administration program.

Dr. de la Torre is a member of numerous professional societies, including The American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Plastic Surgery Research Council, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons and he serves on the Executive Board for the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a member of AOA. He participates in an outreach program to Honduras to provide clinical care for local residents, including cleft lip and palate, traumatic reconstruction, and hand surgery. He has been invited to give presentations both nationally and internationally. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in plastic surgery, ranging from aesthetic surgery to complex wound reconstruction.

Selected Publications

Huettner F, Vasconez LO, de la Torre JI. Neck rejuvenation-anatomy and clinical correlation. Facial Plast Surg. 2012 Feb;28(1):40-51.


Shell D IV, de la Torre JI, Andrades P, Vasconez LO. Open repair of ventral incisional hernias. North American Clinics of Surgery. 2008:88:61. 


Robbins C, Long JN, R. Jobe Fix, de la Torre, JI, Vásconez LO. Mastectomy with breast reconstruction in previously augmented patients: indications for implant removal. 2008;61:500-5 


Andrades p, Fix RJ, Danilla S, Howell RE, Campbell WJ, de la Torre JI, Vásconez LO. Ischemic complications in pedicle. Free and muscle sparing transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous flaps for breast reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2008;60:562-567.


Shell D IV, de la Torre JI, Andrades P, Vasconez LO. Open repair of ventral incisional hernias. Surg Clin North Am. 2006;88:61-83.


Williams EH, Rosenberg LZ, Kolm P, de la Torre JI, Fix RJ. Immediate Nipple Reconstruction on Free TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstruct Surg. 2007;120:1115-24.


Espinosa-de-los-Monteros A, Rosenberg LZ, Long JN, Vásconez LO de la Torre JI. Utilization of human cadaveric acellular dermis for abdominal hernia reconstruction. Annals of Plastic Surgery 2007;58:264-7.


Espinosa-de-los-Monteros A, de la Torre, JI, Ahumada LA, Person D, Anastasatos JM, Vásconez LO. Abdominoplasty with with total abdominal liposuction for patients with massive weight loss. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 2006;30:42-6.


Espinosa-de-los-Monteros, A, de la Torre, JI, Ahumada LA, Person D, Vásconez LO. Reconstruction of abdominal wall hernias. The American Journal of Surgery. 2006;191:171-177. 


Ahumada LA, de la Torre, JI, Espinosa-de-los-Monteros, A, Rosenberg LZ, Vásconez LO. Athletic Pubalagia – Assessment and Management. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2005;55:393-6.


University of Texas in Austin

Medical School
University of Texas Medical School at Houston

St. Joseph Hospital, Houston
General Surgery

Long Island Plastic Surgery / Nassau County Medical Center
Plastic Surgery

UAB, Division of Plastic Surgery
Breast and Aesthetic Surgery

University of Alabama at Birmingham


Campus Address
JNWB 103

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