Antonio Torres is Full Professor in Medicine at the University of Barcelona (UB) and Head of the Respiratory Intesive Care Unit at Hospital Clínic. He is considered a physician of reference both nationally and internationally in lung infections, including pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, immunocompromised patients, weaning, noninvasive ventilation (NIV), and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS-ALI). He leads the research group on Applied Research in Respiratory Diseases of the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), from where he facilitates translational research studies. He also coordinates a CIBER group on respiratory diseases (Ciberes) and takes part in several European projects. He is co-author of more than 300 scientific publications and has supervised 24 Phd theses.
Dr. Torres has developed several lines of investigation in the field of respiratory infections and artificial ventilation:
1- Infections in patients in intensive care unit:
2- Infections in patients outside the intensive care unit.
3- Artificial ventilation
Areas of Expertise (11)
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS-ALI)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Noninvasive Ventilation (NIV)
Universitat de Barcelona: M.A., Hospital Management 2001
Universitat de Barcelona: Doctorate, Medicine, Outstanding - Cum Laude 1983
Doctoral thesis: 1983: “Transtracheal aspirative puncture and protected specimen brush in the diagnosis of respiratory infections”.
Universitat de Barcelona: Medicine, Outstanding 1977
13 with distinction, 5 outstanding, 2 passes
- International Bariatric Club - Member
Featured Articles (5)
Seasonality of pathogens causing community-acquired pneumoniaRespirology
Cilloniz C, Ewig S, Gabarrus A, Ferrer M, Puig de la Bella Casa J, Mensa J, Torres A
2017 Seasonal distribution of microbial aetiology in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) may add important information both for epidemiologists and clinicians. We investigate the seasonal distribution of microbial aetiology in CAP.
Prevalence of Small-Airway Dysfunction among COPD Patients with Different GOLD Stages and Its Role in the Impact of DiseaseRespiration.
Crisafulli E1, Pisi R, Aiello M, Vigna M, Tzani P, Torres A, Bertorelli G, Chetta A.
2016 In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, small-airway dysfunction (SAD) is considered a functional hallmark of disease. However, the exact role of SAD in the clinical presentation of COPD is not yet completely understood; moreover, it is not known whether SAD may have a relationship with the impact of disease.
Intensive care unit-acquired pneumonia due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa with and without multidrug resistanceJournal of Infection
Fernández-Barat L, Ferrer M, De Rosa F, Gabarrús A, Esperatti M, Terraneo S, Rinaudo M, Li Bassi G, Torres A
2016 OBJECTIVE: Pseudomonas aeruginosa often presents multi-drug resistance (MDR) in intensive care unit (ICU)-acquired pneumonia (ICUAP), possibly resulting in inappropriate empiric treatment and worse outcomes. We aimed to identify patients with ICUAP at risk for these pathogens in order to improve treatment selection and outcomes.
Short-term effects of three slow expiratory airway clearance techniques in patients with bronchiectasis: a randomised crossover trialPhysiotherapy
B. Herrero-Cortina, J. Vilaró, D. Martí'Correspondence information about the author D. Martí, A. TorresEmail the author A. Torres, M. San Miguel-Pagola, V. Alcaraz, E. Polverino
2016 Objective To compare the efficacy of three slow expiratory airway clearance techniques (ACTs).
Increased incidence of co-infection in critically ill patients with influenzaIntensive Care Medicine
Ignacio Martin-LoechesEmail authorMarcus J SchultzJean-Louis VincentFrancisco Alvarez-LermaLieuwe D. BosJordi Solé-Violán, Antoni Torres Alejandro Rodriguez
2017 Co-infection is frequently seen in critically ill patients with influenza, although the exact rate is unknown. We determined the rate of co-infection, the risk factors and the outcomes associated with co-infection in critically ill patients with influenza over a 7-year period in 148 Spanish intensive care units (ICUs).