Arthur J. Torre M.D. Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Diving Medicine. Dr. Torre graduated Rutgers University a member of the Tri Beta Honor Society. He received his MD degree from New Jersey Medical School, the youngest to ever graduate from the school. His post graduate training in pediatrics and allergy were also at the New Jersey Medical School.
Dr. Torre's first community outreach involvement began in 1972 during his pediatric fellowship with the NJ Governor's Youth Program which provided a residential camp for medically / economically underserved children. Using expertise gained in that area, he was one of several involved in a cooperative effort between Children's Hospital of NJ and the American Lung Association of NJ to develop a residential camp for asthma patients in Frost Valley, NY where he became the camp's first medical coordinator.
Since the onset of his private practice in 1973, Dr. Torre has been dedicated to patient and family education. Recognizing the importance of cooperative care between physician, family and school personnel, he and his staff members have volunteered in numerous lectures and seminars for both public and physician education about asthma including Family Asthma Night programs and school nurse seminars for the American Lung Association.
At family education and health education seminars sponsored by the American Lung Association, Dr. Torre has shared the forum with notables such as Olympic gold medalist Nancy Hogshead and Nancy Sander, founder of the Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics. As Chief of Pediatric Allergy, he had been instrumental in bringing ongoing asthma education to inner city patients at Saint Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson as well as the Asthma and Allergy Center at New Jersey Medical School in Newark.
In 1991, Dr. Torre was one of 82 physicians named to the National Faculty of the National Asthma Education Program of the NIH. In this capacity, he has taught asthma diagnosis and management to primary care physicians including pediatricians, internists and family doctors. He has been interviewed for feature articles in Time Magazine, Redbook, McCalls, Parents Magazine, Woman’s Day, New York Newsday, The Daily News and the Star-Ledger as well as appearing on both commercial and cable television discussing allergy / asthma topics.
He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Region American Lung Association and has served as president. As the chairman of the ALANJ Asthma Committee, he had gained support from parents, school nurses and school board members to draft a much needed bill which allows the possession and use of asthma medications by students in NJ schools. Dr. Torre helped organize and became medical advisor to the Parents of Asthmatic / Allergic Children Support Group and SAY (an adolescent support group) at The Medical Center at Willowbrook (an affiliate of Saint Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center).
Dr. Torre is a National Spokesperson for the American Lung Association and continues to serve as the chairman of the Asthma / Lung Health Committee of the ALANJ. He has served as Medical Director of Outreach Services for the National Allergy and Asthma Network / Mothers of Asthmatics and presently serves on their Medical Advisory Board. He is also Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology at New Jersey Medical School and Chairman of the Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of NJ (PACNJ). Dr. Torre maintains a in private practice in Fairfield, NJ.
The culmination of his activities was rewarded in October of 1992 with his receipt of the First National Asthma Education Program's Public Education/Service Award for outstanding leadership in the development of community asthma programs, patient education and public awareness about asthma. The NAEP is a multi-disciplinary consortium coordinated by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH. In 2000, Dr. Torre received a national award for Innovations in Patient Care from the Allergy and Asthma Network / Mothers of Asthmatics. In 2002,he was the recipient of the Sir William Osler Humanitarian Award from the American Lung Association and in 2004 was chosen as a Lung Champion by the American Lung Association as part of their 100th year celebration. As a co-chair of PACNJ he was the recipient of “Making a Difference Award” from the Allergy and Asthma Network / Mothers of Asthmatics, for excellence in asthma education in 2005 and the National Bernard Gregory Award for Cultural Diversity from the American Lung Association in 2009 . Other honors include being listed in Who's Who in NJ, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in Health Care, Best Doctors in America, Top Pediatricians in America and Top Docs in New York and NJ Magazines.
For Divers: Dr. Torre has been a scuba diver for over 20 years and is one of a few doctors practicing Diving Medicine. He is a referral physician for Divers Alert Network, a PADI Divemaster, a TDI Technical Divemaster and an SDI Assistant Instructor. He has also been involved with the creation of guidelines for Diving with Asthma for the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.