Orquidia A. Torres, MD, MS

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director of Medical Student and Resident Education, Adolescent Medicine
  • Program Director, Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

Torres, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. As a clinician educator, Director of Medical Student and Resident Education, and Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program Director, Torres works closely with trainees to teach them the skills to care for adolescents and young adults, especially underserved youth. Her clinical expertise includes menstrual disorders, long-acting reversible contraception, contraception for medically complex patients, mental health, and eating disorders. She also has expertise in media advocacy, quality improvement, and medical education. Torres' current research is focused on the development and evaluation of an antiracism curriculum for trainees. Torres and her colleagues have been able to disseminate this work to other divisions. Her research interests also include reproductive health, particularly quality improvement in the diagnosis and treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Torres’ community efforts are connected to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She co-leads CHAMP (Career Help and Achievement in Academics Mentorship Program), a community partnership between UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Arsenal Middle School, and UPSOM medical students. This program serves to increase the pipeline for diverse youth in STEM careers, especially medicine. The partnership also focuses on mentorship for the middle school students as well as URiM University of Pittsburgh medical students

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology

Education & Training

  • BS, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, 2009
  • MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 2011
  • MS, University of Pittsburgh, 2017

Academic and Research Interests

  • PCOS
  • Antiracism
  • Medical Education
  • Advocacy
  • Quality Improvement

Research Grants

Cooper Siegel Fellowship Grant, 2015