Dr. Torke is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Chief of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. She is a Research Scientist with the Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute and Director of the Evans Center for Religious and Spiritual Values in Healthcare. Dr. Torke received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her M.D. from Indiana University. She completed her residency in Primary Care-Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Torke completed further training at the University of Chicago from 2005-2007 through a fellowship in Primary Care Health Services Research and Ethics, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Dr. Torke’s research focuses on ethical, communication and spiritual aspects of medical decision making for older adults. Her current research focuses on surrogate decision making for older adults with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment. Her research has been published in Archives of Internal Medicine, the Journal of General Internal Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Ethics and she has received funding from the NIH, the Greenwall Foundation and other foundation sources. She practices outpatient palliative care at IU Health Methodist Hospital.