Last Name

Alcy R. Torres, MD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DivisionChild Neurology
Address771 Albany St
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-4569
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-5798-9161
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TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine

 Awards and Honors

2016Castle and Connolly, Boston Magazine : Top Doctors in Child Neurology
2016Periodico el Planeta”, Boston, MA: Latino Award, Most influential people in New England
2015Best Doctors: Best Child Neurologist
2015Castle and Connolly, Boston Magazine : Top Doctors in Child Neurology
2015Child Neurology Society: Talent, Character and Wisdom Awards Committee
2014Top pediatricians: America's Top Pediatricians
2014Periodico el Planeta”, Boston, MA : Latino Award, Most influential people in New England
2012Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2011Best Doctors : Best Pediatric Neurologist
2011Super Doctors: Super Doctors
2011Periodico el Planeta”, Boston, MA: Power-meter 100 Most influential members of the Latino Community Award
2010Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2009Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2008Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2007Boston Magazine: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2007Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2006Boston Magazine : Best Pediatric Neurologist
2006Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2005Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2001Harvard Medical School: “Outstanding performance” as a Laboratory Instructor in the Human Nervous System
1999Harvard Medical School: Meyer Award, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
1998Harvard Medical School: Von Meyer Award, Children’s Hospital
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Traumatic Brain Injury: Referrals in a Pediatric Concussion Program in a safety net Hospital, The influence of premorbid conditions in the validity of the SCAT3,
Telemedicine to monitor improvement in patients with Pediatric Concussion.

Alcy R. Torres, MD, FAAP., received his MD degree at Universidad Central del Ecuador in 1990, pediatric residency at Carlos Andrade Marin Hospital, Quito-Ecuador, Miami Children's Hospital, Neurology at the Longwood Neurology Program (MGH, Brigham's and Women Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital and Veterans Hospital including the Coumadin Clinic at Brockton Hospital and Spinal Cord Unit and Outpatient Clinic at the West Roxbury Hospital). He then completed the Pediatric Neurology Fellowship at Children's Hospital Boston where he remained on staff for 13 years before becoming the Director of the Pediatric Concussion Program at Boston Medical Center.

He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Boston University and is a clinical pediatric neurologist at Boston Medical Center. He has been recognized by Boston Magazine as Top Child Neurologist in the area. He is author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications that focus on the diagnosis and treatments of several pediatric and neurological conditions in particular pediatric concussion.

Dr. Torres has conducted research for many years, and serves as Director of the International Program, Hispanic Services and Pediatric Concussion Program.

In addition to his clinical and research activities, he is very involved in national organizations including the Child Neurology Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Brain Injury as well some international organizations. A committed mentor, he has won several awards for his mentoring of early career investigators.

He has founded and volunteered for the Ecuadorian Association of New England since 2005, serving on a variety of local and national Committees. He is a Board Member of the Wellesley United Soccer Club, American Academy of Pediatrics, SOICH section, Neurology Section, ICATCH program, and the Child Neurology Society, Awards Committee. Dr. Torres is a member of the Editorial board for the Journal of Pediatric Neurology, Child Neurology and many others.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Pediatric Concussion Program Pediatric Neurology Global Health
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  1. Caffarelli M, Kimia AA, Torres AR. Acute Ataxia in Children: A Review of the Differential Diagnosis and Evaluation in the Emergency Department. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Dec; 65:14-30. PMID: 27789117.
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  2. Smedemark-Margulies N, Brownstein CA, Vargas S, Tembulkar SK, Towne MC, Shi J, Gonzalez-Cuevas E, Liu KX, Bilguvar K, Kleiman RJ, Han MJ, Torres A, Berry GT, Yu TW, Beggs AH, Agrawal PB, Gonzalez-Heydrich J. A novel de novo mutation in ATP1A3 and childhood-onset schizophrenia. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2016 Sep; 2(5):a001008. PMID: 27626066.
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  3. Vasquez PC, Torres AR, Silvera VM, Scott RM. Hemifacial Spasm in a Child Treated With Microvascular Decompression of the Facial Nerve. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 Apr; 57:84-7. PMID: 26880528.
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  4. Hartman AL, Devore CD. Rescue Medicine for Epilepsy in Education Settings. Pediatrics. 2016 Jan; 137(1). PMID: 26712862.
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  5. Kimia AA, Bachur RG, Torres A, Harper MB. Febrile seizures: emergency medicine perspective. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2015 Jun; 27(3):292-7. PMID: 25944308.
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  6. Torres A, Newton SA, Crompton B, Borzutzky A, Neufeld EJ, Notarangelo L, Berry GT. CSF 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate Serial Monitoring to Guide Treatment of Congenital Folate Malabsorption Due to Proton-Coupled Folate Transporter (PCFT) Deficiency. JIMD Rep. 2015; 24:91-6. PMID: 26006721.
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  7. Olson H, Shen Y, Avallone J, Sheidley BR, Pinsky R, Bergin AM, Berry GT, Duffy FH, Eksioglu Y, Harris DJ, Hisama FM, Ho E, Irons M, Jacobsen CM, James P, Kothare S, Khwaja O, Lipton J, Loddenkemper T, Markowitz J, Maski K, Megerian JT, Neilan E, Raffalli PC, Robbins M, Roberts A, Roe E, Rollins C, Sahin M, Sarco D, Schonwald A, Smith SE, Soul J, Stoler JM, Takeoka M, Tan WH, Torres AR, Tsai P, Urion DK, Weissman L, Wolff R, Wu BL, Miller DT, Poduri A. Copy number variation plays an important role in clinical epilepsy. Ann Neurol. 2014 Jun; 75(6):943-58. PMID: 24811917.
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  8. Aprahamian N, Harper MB, Prabhu SP, Monuteaux MC, Sadiq Z, Torres A, Kimia AA. Pediatric first time non-febrile seizure with focal manifestations: is emergent imaging indicated? Seizure. 2014 Oct; 23(9):740-5. PMID: 24970739.
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  9. Gonzalez-Heydrich J, Hsin O, Gumlak S, Kimball K, Rober A, Azeem MW, Hickory M, Mrakotsky C, Torres A, Mezzacappa E, Bourgeois B, Biederman J. Comparing stimulant effects in youth with ADHD symptoms and epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2014 Jul; 36:102-7. PMID: 24907495.
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  10. An Y, Amr SS, Torres A, Weissman L, Raffalli P, Cox G, Sheng X, Lip V, Bi W, Patel A, Stankiewicz P, Wu BL, Shen Y. SOX12 and NRSN2 are candidate genes for 20p13 subtelomeric deletions associated with developmental delay. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2013 Dec; 162B(8):832-40. PMID: 24019301.
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  11. Sheen V, Valencia IM, Torres AR. Atypical features in MECP2 P152R-associated Rett syndrome. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Aug; 49(2):124-6. PMID: 23859859.
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  12. Sheen VL, Shankar M, Marin-Valencia I, Bridgemohan CH, Torres AR. Methylphenidate and continuous spike and wave during sleep in a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Pediatr Neurol. 2013 Jul; 49(1):54-7. PMID: 23827428.
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  13. Segal MM, Williams MS, Gropman AL, Torres AR, Forsyth R, Connolly AM, El-Hattab AW, Perlman SJ, Samanta D, Parikh S, Pavlakis SG, Feldman LK, Betensky RA, Gospe SM. Evidence-based decision support for neurological diagnosis reduces errors and unnecessary workup. J Child Neurol. 2014 Apr; 29(4):487-92. PMID: 23576414.
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  14. Ernst C, Marshall CR, Shen Y, Metcalfe K, Rosenfeld J, Hodge JC, Torres A, Blumenthal I, Chiang C, Pillalamarri V, Crapper L, Diallo AB, Ruderfer D, Pereira S, Sklar P, Purcell S, Wildin RS, Spencer AC, Quade BF, Harris DJ, Lemyre E, Wu BL, Stavropoulos DJ, Geraghty MT, Shaffer LG, Morton CC, Scherer SW, Gusella JF, Talkowski ME. Highly penetrant alterations of a critical region including BDNF in human psychopathology and obesity. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012 Dec; 69(12):1238-46. PMID: 23044507.
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  15. Torres A, Whitney J, Rao S, Tilley C, Lobel R, Gonzalez-Heydrich J. Tolerability of atomoxetine for treatment of pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the context of epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2011 Jan; 20(1):95-102. PMID: 21146461.
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  16. Sheen VL, Torres AR, Du X, Barry B, Walsh CA, Kimonis VE. Mutation in PQBP1 is associated with periventricular heterotopia. Am J Med Genet A. 2010 Nov; 152A(11):2888-90. PMID: 20886605.
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  17. Gonzalez-Heydrich J, Whitney J, Waber D, Forbes P, Hsin O, Faraone SV, Dodds A, Rao S, Mrakotsky C, Macmillan C, Demaso DR, de Moor C, Torres A, Bourgeois B, Biederman J. Adaptive phase I study of OROS methylphenidate treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2010 Jul; 18(3):229-37. PMID: 20493783.
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  18. Shen Y, Dies KA, Holm IA, Bridgemohan C, Sobeih MM, Caronna EB, Miller KJ, Frazier JA, Silverstein I, Picker J, Weissman L, Raffalli P, Jeste S, Demmer LA, Peters HK, Brewster SJ, Kowalczyk SJ, Rosen-Sheidley B, McGowan C, Duda AW, Lincoln SA, Lowe KR, Schonwald A, Robbins M, Hisama F, Wolff R, Becker R, Nasir R, Urion DK, Milunsky JM, Rappaport L, Gusella JF, Walsh CA, Wu BL, Miller DT. Clinical genetic testing for patients with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics. 2010 Apr; 125(4):e727-35. PMID: 20231187.
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  19. Baptista-Neto L, Dodds A, Rao S, Whitney J, Torres A, Gonzalez-Heydrich J. An expert opinion on methylphenidate treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in pediatric patients with epilepsy. Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2008 Jan; 17(1):77-84. PMID: 18095920.
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  20. Torres AR, Whitney J, Gonzalez-Heydrich J. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in pediatric patients with epilepsy: review of pharmacological treatment. Epilepsy Behav. 2008 Feb; 12(2):217-33. PMID: 18065271.
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  21. Piantino JA, Torres A. Myoclonic seizures in a patient with Charcot-Marie-tooth disease. Pediatr Neurol. 2007 Feb; 36(2):118-20. PMID: 17275665.
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  22. Kang PB, Lidov HG, David WS, Torres A, Anthony DC, Jones HR, Darras BT. Diagnostic value of electromyography and muscle biopsy in arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Ann Neurol. 2003 Dec; 54(6):790-5. PMID: 14681888.
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  23. Torres A, Andrade EO, Christoph CL, Weinberger M. Congenital absence of the superior mesenteric artery. J Pediatr Surg. 1999 Dec; 34(12):1858-60. PMID: 10626874.
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  24. Hayward LM, Fragala-Pinkham M, Johnson K, Torres A. . A Community-Based, Adaptive Soccer Program for Children with Autism: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. Palaestra J. 2017;30(4).
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