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Prof. Antonio Torres - International Federation on Ageing.  Barcelona, , ES

Prof. Antonio Torres Prof. Antonio Torres

Full Professor of Medicine, Head of Respiratory Intensive Care Unit | Hospital Clinic de Barcelona

Barcelona, SPAIN

Torres is Full Professor in Medicine at the University of Barcelona (UB) and Head of the Respiratory Intesive Care Unit at Hospital Clínic






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Burden of pneumonia in the adults and the elderly - Antonio Torres




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.

Research interests
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)

Immunocompromised Patients

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Lung Infections

Respiratory Infections

Artificial Ventilation



Noninvasive Ventilation (NIV)


Education (3)

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

Affiliations (1)

  • International Bariatric Club - Member

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Spanish

Featured Articles (5)

Seasonality of pathogens causing community-acquired pneumonia


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.

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Prevalence of Small-Airway Dysfunction among COPD Patients with Different GOLD Stages and Its Role in the Impact of Disease


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.

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Intensive care unit-acquired pneumonia due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa with and without multidrug resistance

Journal 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.

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Short-term effects of three slow expiratory airway clearance techniques in patients with bronchiectasis: a randomised crossover trial


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).

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Increased incidence of co-infection in critically ill patients with influenza

Intensive 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).

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