Dr. Alcy Torres’s passion for and dedication to pediatric neurology has taken him halfway around the world. His journey began in Ecuador, where he graduated summa cum laude from Central University School of Medicine (Universidad Central del Ecuador) in Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Dr. Torres completed residency training in pediatrics and neonatology in Ecuador at Carlos Andrade Marin Hospital and in pediatrics at Miami (Florida) Children’s Hospital. He then pursued a pediatric neurology residency at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he remained on staff as a full-time faculty member for 12 years.
As a member of Boston Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Neurology and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Torres, who has been named one of Boston’s best pediatric neurologists by Boston magazine, is committed to strengthening BMC’s presence in pediatric neurology and in the Hispanic community.
At BMC, Dr. Torres has undertaken an array of key initiatives to make that commitment a reality, among them creating the hospital’s first open-access clinic for pediatric neurology, which should enable more children with head injuries, concussions and headaches to be seen quickly. Dr. Torres will establish the city’s first specifically bilingual pediatric neurology clinic at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and at clinics serving the Lawrence-Lowell and Fitchburg regions. This should permit giving care and advising families about neurological disorders in either Spanish or English.
“We want to offer bilingual services so that our Spanish-speaking patients can talk with a physician in their native language,” he says.
These priorities include making information about neurological disorders, injuries and concussions available in Spanish and establishing the city’s first specifically bilingual pediatric neurology clinic at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and at clinics serving the Lawrence-Lowell and Fitchburg regions.
Dr. Torres continues to work with his international following of patients from South America and plans to expand this aspect of his practice. “Through professional networks, and publishing and lecturing internationally, I want to strengthen BMC’s presence in pediatric neurology throughout the world, spreading the word about our international program and its exceptional services among the people it has been established to care for,” he says.
As an academic teaching hospital, BMC and its physicians embrace the belief that clinical care, teaching and research result in optimal care. Dr. Torres is well known for his work on the diagnosis and treatment of PANDAS syndrome (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections), an uncommon, but important, neurological disorder that involves rapid onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder associated with group A streptococcal infections.
Dr. Torres also has expertise across a full range of neurological conditions including epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism.