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Denise M. Torres, MD

Dr. Denise Torres is the Associate Professor and Chair of the Geisinger Surgery Institute and Department of General Surgery, as well as Division Chief of Acute Care Surgery for Geisinger Health System and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine with direct oversight for the organization’s Trauma Programs.

Dr. Torres has been a leader for developing and maintaining Adult and Pediatric Trauma Centers throughout the Geisinger system with Level 1 Adult and Level 2 Pediatric Centers at Geisinger Medical Center along with two additional Levels 2 Centers in the Northeast and two Level 4 centers throughout the Geisinger campuses.  She has worked to expand standardization of trauma care throughout the Geisinger system and improve care to our most critically ill patients.

Dr. Torres earned her Doctor of Medicine at Drexel University.  She completed her residency in General Surgery at Temple University Hospital, and her fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  Dr. Torres is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgical Critical Care and General Surgery.

Along with her leadership roles for the Division of Acute Care Surgery and Trauma Surgery,  Dr. Torres also serves on several hospital committees including Geisinger Health System Liability Committee, Geisinger Health System Catalyst Team, Geisinger System-wide Trauma Committee, Geisinger Medical Center Organ Donation Committee,  Geisinger Medical Center General Surgery Clinical Competency Committee.  She is the Vice-Chair for the Pennsylvania Committee on Trauma, Co-Director for the Pennsylvania Trauma Quality Improvement Project Collaborative, and the Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation Outcome Committee. Dr. Torres is the author of numerous published articles and presentations and lectures at conferences throughout the country.

Dr. Torres represents the Pennsylvania Medical Society on the PTSF Board of Directors.