Mercedes Torres, MD

Academic Title:
Clinical Assistant Professor
Administrative Title:
Assistant Clinical Director, Mercy Medical Center
Primary Clinical Site:
Mercy Medical Center
Board Certifications:
American Board of Emergency Medicine
On Medical Staff Since:

Academic Activities and Responsibilities

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Undergraduate: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
EM Interests: HIV/AIDS, Public Health, Administration
Seeing a multitude of new patients every shift, who have health issues that span the range of medical and surgical specialties, makes every day interesting, challenging, and completely unpredictable. One of the best parts of my job is that I learn something new every day. I enjoy getting the first crack at puzzling patient presentations and trying to determine the diagnosis and best initial treatment plan. In addition, I value the role of emergency physicians as health care providers for every patient who presents to the department, without concern for their insurance coverage or ability to pay.
I have had the opportunity to pursue these interests throughout medical school as well as residency. In medical school, I spent a summer in Trinidad doing public health research on infant feeding practices by HIV-positive mothers. In addition, during the end of my medical school education, I traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, and worked with public health infectious disease specialists, enrolling HIV/AIDS patients in some of the first antiretroviral treatment programs in the country. As a third year resident, I returned to Cape Town for a 6-week elective, working in an emergency department in a medically underserved township.
After residency, I took on the role of Assistant Director of the Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department. In this role, I enjoy mentoring new attendings and developing new initiatives aimed at more efficient, effective medical care for all patients. I find working with the population of Baltimore enjoyable and worthwhile.
Outside of my career, I spend most of my time doing outdoors activities and spending time with my family. I enjoy running, skiing, hiking, biking, and backpacking.