News Release

BU physician selected as Ecuador’s physician of the year

Grant and Award Announcement

Boston University School of Medicine

(Boston)—Alcy R. Torres, MD, FAAP, associate professor of pediatrics and neurology at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, has been selected Physician of the Year for Scientific Achievements by the Ecuadorian Physicians College. This award recognizes a physician who has made significant scientific contributions. Torres has an extensive research background and was recognized for his work in treating folate deficiency in the central nervous system of infants.

Torres was born in Ecuador and received his medical degree at Universidad Central del Ecuador in 1990. He completed his pediatric and neonatology residencies at Carlos Andrade Marin Hospital in Quito, Ecuador, a residency in pediatrics at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami and a pediatric neurology residency at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he remained on staff for 13 years. He subsequently became the founding Director of the Pediatric Brain Injury Program at Boston Medical Center (BMC). He also serves as Director of the Global Health and Bilingual programs at BMC, Division of Pediatric Neurology. 

Boston Magazine has recognized Torres as a Top Child Neurologist on multiple occasions. He has conducted research for many years and is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications focusing on diagnosing and treating several pediatric and neurological conditions, particularly pediatric brain injury. Torres is a member of the editorial boards of the most prestigious journals of his specialty, including the Pediatric Neurology, Journal of Child Neurology, and many others.

Torres is involved in national organizations, including the Child Neurology Society (CNS), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Brain Injury Association, and international organizations such as the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA), and the Iberoamerican Academy of Pediatric Neurology. He is on the executive committee of the section of Global Health at AAP, a member of AAP’s section on neurology publications committee, a member of the AAP International Community Access to Child Health program, the CNS International Affairs Committee, and the Scientific Committee of ICNA.

Torres has won multiple awards for teaching and mentoring early-career clinicians and investigators. In addition, he founded and has volunteered for the Association of Ecuadorians in New England since 2005, raising more than $1.5 million to support more than 25 projects for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. 




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