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About David Torres Barba, MD, PhD
David Torres Barba, MD, PhD, is a general cardiologist who specializes in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. He is passionate about empowering and educating his patients and believes cardiac medical care requires educating patients about normal and abnormal cardiovascular function as well as how chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity contribute to cardiovascular disease and poor health outcomes. He is a strong believer that medical care is a collaborative and team effort between patient and physician with a clear understanding of treatment plan as well as short- and long-term goals.
As an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. Torres Barba, contributes to training and educating medical students, residents and cardiology fellows. His education efforts have been recognized with the Dean's Award for Excellence for Inspirational Resident/Fellow Mentorship from the UC Davis School of Medicine and with the Zipser Family Award for Clinical Excellence, Humanitarianism, and Teaching from the UC San Diego Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.
As part of his clinical duties at UC San Diego, Dr. Torres Barba, provides care at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and to patients in the Imperial Valley and neighboring rural communities. He is familiar with the region and the people of San Diego and its neighboring areas as he is a long-standing resident of the region and completed most of his education and training in the area.
Dr. Torres Barba completed a general cardiology fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a residency and internship in internal medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from UC Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. He also earned his PhD in a joint program between Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles and San Diego State University.
He is a member of the American Heart Association and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Torres Barba is board certified in internal medicine and echocardiography. Aside from English, Dr. Torres Barba is fluent in Spanish.
During his free time, he enjoys exploring San Diego county hiking trails, running and playing soccer.
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- UC Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
- UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
- UC San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA
Date Joined Staff
- American Board of Internal Medicine
Conditions and Treatments
- General Cardiology
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Heart Disease Management