Diseases and Surgery of the Retina & Vitreous
Dr. Torres was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. His father was an upholsterer and his mother a homemaker. He is the youngest of five siblings. Early in life he learned the meaning of honesty and hard work while doing home chores or working with his father at his upholstery shop, that shaped a US Air Force sergeant, an attorney, an optometrist, a hospital administrator and a ophthalmologist, Dr.Torres. He never has forgotten his humble beginnings in 1970’s Puerto Rico.
Dr. Torres graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Engineering and Sciences campus in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Then he graduated top 5% of his medical school class at the Ponce School of Medicine in his hometown, Ponce in May 1996. He completed a transitional internship at Wilson Memorial-Binghamton Hospital in Johnson City, New York, which is affiliated with the State University of New York at Syracuse.
Following his internship, Dr. Torres completed a three-year ophthalmology residency in 2000 at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y., which is affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Yeshiva University. He also served as Chief Resident of Ophthalmology during his senior year at Bronx Lebanon Medical Center in charge of everyday organization of the hospital ophthalmology clinic and teaching activities as weekly teaching rounds.
Dr. Torres then went on to a two-year medical-surgical retina fellowship at the South Texas Retina Consultants in Corpus Christi, Texas in 2003. He spent two more years as a vitreo retinal surgery, serving six offices in the south Texas region. Then he moved Tampa, Fla. to work as a vitreo retinal surgeon in a large volume cataract practice but then decided to open his own practice in 2007, serving several hospitals throughout the greater Tampa metro area for three years and treating Retinopathy of Prematurity at the St Joseph’s hospital in Tampa.
Dr. Torres joined Sarasota Retina Institute in January 2008 as a part-time physician and full time on August 2010.
Dr. Torres is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in diseases and surgery of the retina, macula and vitreous. Dr. Torres is also involved as an investigator in many of the clinical trials conducted at the Sarasota Retina Institute.
He is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists, a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons,a member of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology and the Sarasota Medical society. He has medical privileges at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Venice Regional Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Regional Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He is an auxiliary Professor Ad Honorem surgeon at the Ponce School of Medicine.
Dr. Torres has been married to his wife Wanda Belgodere an former school teacher, for 17 years and they have two sons. They enjoy road bicycling, also he is an avid SAAB vintage automobile enthusiast, classic rock vinyl / 1970’s stereo collector and trying to learn classic rock drum set with his two sons.
“ I am very fortunate to be able to serve the good people of the Suncoast area taking my time to explain and have empathy with all my patients, I like to treat my patients like I like to be treated.”
Dr. Torres looks forward to helping you with all your vitreo retinal needs. For an appointment call 941-921-5335