• Jorge I. de la Torre, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.S.H.A., 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 V.A. 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 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 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-review articles and book chapters in plastic surgery, ranging from aesthetic surgery to complex wound reconstruction.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2023 One in Three Chance of Finding A Plastic Surgeon on Major Hospital Websites 2023
    2022 Comorbidity Trends in Patients Requiring Sternectomy and Reconstruction: Updated Data Analysis from 2005 to 2020Annals of Plastic Surgery.  88:S443-S448. 2022
    2022 The Safety of Fat Grafting: An Institutional Retrospective ReviewAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  88:S473-S477. 2022
    2022 Barriers and facilitators for under-represented in medicine (URiM) medical students interested in surgical sub-specialties 2022
    2021 The Case for Onlay Biologic Mesh in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Using Progressive Tension Suture FixationAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  86:S498-S502. 2021
    2020 Alloderm and Cortiva Have Similar Perioperative Wound Complications in Abdominal Wall ReconstructionJournal of Surgical Research.  255:255-260. 2020
    2020 The Feasibility of a Sensate Profunda Artery Perforator Flap in Autologous Breast Reconstruction: An Anatomic Study for Clinical ApplicationAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  84:S451-S454. 2020
    2020 Dermal Autografts in Breast Reconstruction: A Review of Past and Current TrendsAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  84:618-622. 2020
    2019 Gastric Plexiform FibromyxomaJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  23:1936-1939. 2019
    2019 Tumor Symbiosis: Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor as a Host for Primary Peritoneal MesotheliomaJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.  23:879-881. 2019
    2019 Frequent rectal gastrointestinal stromal tumor recurrences in the imatinib era: Retrospective analysis of an International Patient Registry 2019
    2019 Reconstruction of Knee Defects Using Pedicled Gastrocnemius Muscle Flap with Split-Thickness Skin Grafting: A Single Surgeon's Experience with 21 PatientsAmerican Journal of Perinatology.  32:463-467. 2019
    2017 Cutaneous manifestation of histiocytic sarcoma: Presentation and management 2017
    2016 Two-year follow-up of autologous fat grafting with laser-assisted faceliftsAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  76:S260-S263. 2016
    2015 Effectiveness and safety of autologous fat grafting to the soft palate aloneAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  74:S190-S192. 2015
    2015 Midface anatomy, aging, and aesthetic analysisFacial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America.  23:129-136. 2015
    2014 Facelifting: Anatomical considerationsFacial Plastic Surgery.  30:373-379. 2014
    2013 Surgical outcomes of gigantomastia breast reduction superomedial pedicle technique: A 12-year retrospective studyAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  70:533-537. 2013
    2013 The potential association of later initiation of oral/enteral nutrition on euthyroid sick syndrome in burn patientsInternational Journal of Endocrinology.  2013. 2013
    2013 Serum albumin levels in burn people are associated to the total body surface burned and the length of hospital stay but not to the initiation of the oral/enteral nutrition.International Journal of Burns and Trauma.  3:159-163. 2013
    2012 A simple technique for augmentation of axonal ingrowth into chondroitinase-treated acellular nerve grafts using nerve growth factorAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  68:518-524. 2012
    2012 Adipose-derived stromal cells accelerate wound healing in an organotypic raft culture modelAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  68:501-504. 2012
    2012 Neck rejuvenation-anatomy and clinical correlationFacial Plastic Surgery.  28:40-51. 2012
    2008 Mastectomy with breast reconstruction in previously augmented patients: Indications for implant removalAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  61:500-505. 2008
    2008 Open Repair of Ventral Incisional HerniasSurgical Clinics of North America.  88:61-83. 2008
    2007 Immediate nipple reconstruction on a free TRAM flap breast reconstructionPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  120:1115-1124. 2007
    2007 Utilization of human cadaveric acellular dermis for abdominal hernia reconstructionAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  58:264-267. 2007
    2007 Feature: An institutional analysis of risk factors in pectoralis advancement flap reconstruction 2007
    2006 Strategies to enhance transductional efficiency of adenoviral-based gene transfer to primary human fibroblasts and keratinocytes as a platform in dermal woundsWound Repair and Regeneration.  14:608-617. 2006
    2006 Upper Face-LiftingFacial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America.  14:159-165. 2006
    2006 Abdominoplasty with total abdominal liposuction for patients with massive weight lossAesthetic Plastic Surgery.  30:42-46. 2006
    2006 Reconstruction of the abdominal wall for incisional hernia repair 2006
    2005 Athletic pubalgia: Definition and surgical treatmentAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  55:393-396. 2005
    2005 Comorbidity trends in patients requiring sternectomy and reconstructionAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  54:264-268. 2005
    2005 Secondary endoscopic forehead lift in patients with previous coronal brow liftsAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  54:251-255. 2005
    2005 Techniques to address the malar fat padAesthetic Surgery Quarterly.  25:66-68. 2005
    2004 Discussion of the article "Concentric malar lifting: Malar and lower eyelid rejuvenation"Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  28:373-374. 2004
    2004 Surgical Anatomy of the Midface as Applied to Facial RejuvenationAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  52:240-245. 2004
    2004 A minimally invasive approach for correction of chin ptosisPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  113:404-409. 2004
    2003 Aesthetic eyelid ptosis correction: A review of technique and casesPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  112:655-660. 2003
    2003 Abdominoplasty repair for abdominal wall herniasAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  51:10-16. 2003
    2003 Retrospective review of the internal Doppler probe for intra- and postoperative microvascular surveillanceJournal of Reconstructive Microsurgery.  19:287-289. 2003
    2003 Three-dose vs extended-course clindamycin prophylaxis for free-flap reconstruction of the head and neckJAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  129:771-774. 2003
    2003 Clinical analysis of malar fat pad re-elevationAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  50:244-248. 2003
    2002 Healing a wound with an exposed Herrington rod: a case study.Ostomy/wound management.  48:18-19. 2002
    2002 Endoscopic forehead lift: Review of technique, cases, and complicationsPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  110:1558-1568. 2002
    2002 Fine-tuning the endoscopic brow liftAesthetic Surgery Quarterly.  22:69-71. 2002
    2002 Rejuvenation of the midface by elevating the malar fat pad: Review of technique, cases, and complicationsPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  110:1526-1536. 2002
    2002 Suture suspension of the malar fat padAesthetic Surgery Quarterly.  22:446-450. 2002
    2001 Reconstruction with the latissimus dorsi flap after skin-sparing mastectomyAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  46:229-233. 2001
    2001 Using lower eyelid fascial slings for recalcitrant burn ectropionAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  46:621-624. 2001
    2000 Harvesting the latissimus dorsi muscle for cardiomyoplastyPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  105:83-88. 2000
    2000 Repairing the cleft lip nasal deformity 2000
    1999 Harvesting iliac bone graft: Decreasing the morbidity 1999
    1999 A new nerve grafting technique: The multigraft unit [7]Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  103:742. 1999
    1998 A simplified technique of otoplasty: The temporary kaye sutureAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  41:94-96. 1998
    1998 Complete digital duplication: A case report and review of ulnar polydactylyAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  40:76-79. 1998


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    2010 Foreword 2010


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    2021 Circumfrential Body Lift 2021
    2018 Breast reconstruction and oncoplastic surgery.  477-491.e2. 2018
    2018 Breast reconstruction following mastectomy.  721-741. 2018
    2018 General principles of mastectomy: Evaluation and therapeutic options.  386-421.e2. 2018
    2016 The modern lipoabdominoplasty.  617-625. 2016
    2012 Skin flaps for extensive soft tissue and skin resection.  704-718. 2012
    2012 Breast reconstruction following mastectomy 2012
    2012 Skin grafts and skin graft substitutes in the distal upper extremity.  849-857. 2012
    2010 Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.  594-604. 2010
    2009 History of mastopexy.  43-47. 2009
    2009 Regnault B technique.  497-501. 2009
    2009 Superior-medial pedicle technique for large breast reduction.  387-394. 2009
    2008 Anatomy and surgical approaches to the midface lift.  505-521. 2008
    2008 Endoscopic forehead lifting.  437-441. 2008
    2008 Endoscopy of the forehead: A simple, effective and lasting procedure.  253-257. 2008
    2006 The modern lipoabdominoplasty.  154-160. 2006

    Research Overview

  • abdminoplasty, aesthetic surgery, body contouring, breast reduction and mastopexy procedures, complex wound healing problems including pressure sores, liposuction, trunk contouring after gastric bypass
  • Education And Training

  • St. Joseph's Hospital - Houston, Internship
  • Nassau County Medical Center, Residency
  • St. Joseph's Hospital - Houston, Residency
  • UAB Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Master of Science in Health Services Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2016
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Texas System : Health Science Center-Houston 1991
  • Full Name

  • Jorge De La Torre