Alcy R. Torres, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Child Neurology

MD, Universidad Central del Ecuador
BS, Colegio Intisana

Pronouns: he/him/his

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, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Neurology at the Longwood Neurology Program, Harvard Medical School (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, Harvard Medical School where he remained on staff for 13 years before becoming the Director of the Pediatric Brain Injury Program at Boston Medical Center.

He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and a clinical pediatric neurologist at Boston Medical Center. He has been recognized many times by Boston Magazine as Top Child Neurologist in the area. He is the 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 also as Director of the International Program and Bilingual Programs.

He is very involved in national organizations including the Child Neurology Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Brain Injury Association as well some international organizations like the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA) and the Iberoamerican Academy of Pediatric Neurology. A committed mentor, he has won several awards for teaching and mentoring of early career clinicians and investigators.

He has founded and volunteered for the Ecuadorian Association of New England since 2005, serving on a variety of local, national and international committees. He is a Board Member of the Wellesley United Soccer Club, the Wellesley Club, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Global Health, Neurology Section, ICATCH program, and the Child Neurology Society, Awards Committee. Dr. Torres is a member of the Editorial Board of the most prestigious journals of his specialty: The Journal of Pediatric Neurology, Child Neurology and many others.

Torres, A, Whitney, J, Gonzalez-Heydrich, J. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in pediatric patients with epilepsy: Review of pharmacological treatment. Epilepsy Behav 2008; 12(2):217-33. PMID: 18065271.

Most scientific value according to impact, originality and innovation.

Torres, A, Shaikh, Z, Chavez, W, Maldonado, J, Brain MRI in Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms in both Sports and non-Sports related Concussion, Cureus, 11(1): e3937. doi:10.7759/cureus.3937

Alosco, ML, Kasimis, AB, Stamm, JM, Chua, AS, Baugh, CM, Daneshvar, DH, Robbins, CA, Mariani,M, Hayden J, Conneely, S, Au, R, Torres, A, McClean, MD, McKee, AC, Cantu, RC, Mez, J, Nowinski ,CJ, Martin, BM, Chaisson, CE, Tripodis, Y, Stern, RA, Age of first exposure to American football and long-term neuropsychiatric and cognitive outcomes. Transl Psychiatry. 2017 Sep 19; 7(9):e1236. doi: 10.1038/tp.2017.197

Torres, A., Brownstein, C, Tembulkar, S, Graber, K, Genetti, C, Kleiman, R, Sweadner, K, Liu, K, Mavrosd, C, Smedemark-Margulies, N, Agrwal, P, Shi, J, Beggs, A, D’Angelo, E, Hope, S, Carroll, D, Berry, G, Gonzalez-Heindrich, ATP1A3 de novo and compound heterozygous NLRP3 mutations in a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, fatigue/sleep-wake cycle/behavioral disorder, Muckle-Wells syndrome and psychotic-like symptoms responsive to antipsychotic treatment, Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports, 2017, YMGMR-00278;No. of pages:6;4C

Torres A, Andrade EO, Cristoph CL, Weinberger M. Congenital absence of the superior mesenteric artery. J Pediatr Surg 1999; 34(12):1858-1860.

Some current projects:

Traumatic Brain Injury: Referrals in a Pediatric Concussion Program in a safety net Hospital
The influence of premorbid conditions in the validity of the SCAT5,
Telemedicine to monitor improvement in patients with Pediatric Concussion

He has lectured in uncountable occasions locally, nationally and internationally and has become an authority in Pediatric Brain Injury.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

The future of Medicine and Society depends on many factors, but perhaps, none more critical than the practice of Diversity and Inclusion in our institution. Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center share the mission of providing exceptional care, overcoming healthcare barriers, and empowering patients and families to become their healthiest self. By working together, we are much more likely to meet the needs of our shared patient population. Though this relationship is strong, I envision tightening communication channels, improving the referral process, sharing resources, and co-implementing best healthcare system practices. BMC has an unquestionable opportunity to make Boston and the surrounding community the healthiest urban population; my goal as the CHC liaison is to leverage the strengths of the CHC and BMC to close gaps in care related to healthcare disparities.

Over the last 25 years, I have had the opportunity to work closely with a diverse group of providers throughout MA, NH and beyond. I have been important to the successful implementation of satellites in pediatric neurology, improving access to care for patients needing specialty care in the community. Eight years ago, I brought pediatric neurological specialty care to East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and I have seen the positive impact of caring for children in their neighborhood, in their language, and sensitized to their culture. I have also had the opportunity to witness the challenges of CHCs and see healthcare through their lens.

Like our patients, the CHCs are also diverse. Each CHC has a special population, different strengths, and different needs. Over the past two decades, our patients have migrated further from BMC necessitating CHCs further from the medical center. The patients we serve have more difficulty accessing resources and traveling to BMC. In addition, there are now less opportunities from BMC and CHCs to meet, to discuss shared concerns, and to learn from each other. I would explore the use of technology to address some of the challenges of distance, time, and collaboration.

Central to this role is a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, I had since I was growing up and solidified in medical school where I was able to fight with all my heart for social justice. I have developed strong roots with several national associations for underrepresented minorities. The pediatric neurology bilingual program which I developed has been recognized in several media outlets of the Hispanic community and was the theme of a manuscript which is about to be published in The Journal of Child Neurology. I have served as Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the medical school and lead the Division of Pediatric Neurology Inclusion and Diversity committee.

For me, I am excited by the challenge this represents to our community. I would embrace the opportunity to work closer with the Department of Pediatrics, BMC leadership, and the teams at each Community Health Center to produce some change.

Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Assistant Dean
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Diversity & Inclusion

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  1. Rana M, Vega Gonzales-Portillo JD, Hahn C, Dutt M, Sanchez-Fernandez I, Jonas R, Douglass L, Torres AR. Current Evidence: Seizures in Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborns (ELGANs). J Child Neurol. 2024 Jun 05; 8830738241259052.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38836290
  2. Sánchez Fernández I, Gaínza-Lein M, Amengual-Gual M, Barcia Aguilar C, Romeu A, Torres A, Jonas R, Douglass LM. Evolution of antiseizure medication use and cost in the United States of America 2006-2021. Seizure. 2023 Nov; 112:128-138.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37832279
  3. Aguirre AS, Rojas K, Torres AR. Pediatric traumatic brain injuries in war zones: a systematic literature review. Front Neurol. 2023; 14:1253515. PMID: 37745670; PMCID: PMC10511749; DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2023.1253515;
  4. Sánchez Fernández I, Amengual-Gual M, Barcia Aguilar C, Romeu A, Sheikh T, Torres A, Chao J, Jonas R, Gaínza-Lein M, Harini C, Douglass L. Temporal trends in the cost and use of first-line treatments for infantile epileptic spasms syndrome. Epilepsia. 2023 Mar; 64(3):630-640.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36600453
  5. Sánchez Fernández I, Amengual-Gual M, Barcia Aguilar C, Romeu A, Jonas R, Torres A, Gaínza-Lein M, Douglass L. Health care resource utilization and costs before and after epilepsy surgery. Seizure. 2023 Jan; 104:22-31.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36463710
  6. López-Benítez J, Castillo Rocha PA, Hon KLE, Mohanty M, Torres AR. [Pediatric therapeutic options in autoimmune neurologic diseases]. Medicina (B Aires). 2022 Aug 30; 82 Suppl 3:62-66. PMID: 36054860
  7. Castillo Rocha PA, Hon KLE, Mohanty M, Torres AR. [Autoimmune encephalitis in pediatric population]. Medicina (B Aires). 2022 Aug 30; 82 Suppl 3:46-50. PMID: 36054857
  8. Torres AR, Mohanty M, Salvador C, Chavez W, Mora M, Kuban K. Professional and Demographic Profile of Spanish-Speaking Child Neurologists in the United States. J Child Neurol. 2022 Aug; 37(8-9):689-692.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35673712
  9. Torres AR. [Care for patients with traumatic brain injury]. Medicina (B Aires). 2022 02 02; 82 Suppl 1:17-22. PMID: 35171802
  10. Rana M, Cuttin K, Berry GT, Torres A. Paroxysmal hyperthermia, dysautonomia and rhabdomyolysis in a patient with Lesch-Nyhan syndrome. JIMD Rep. 2021 Nov; 62(1):30-34. PMID: 34765395; PMCID: PMC8574172; DOI: 10.1002/jmd2.12249;
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2020 Castle and Connolly, Boston Magazine: Top Child Neurology/Boston Magazine
2019 Castle and Connolly, Boston Magazine: Top Child Neurology/Boston Magazine
2018 Castle and Connolly, Boston Magazine: Top Doctors in Child Neurology
2017 Castle and Connolly, Boston Magazine: Top Doctors in Child Neurology
2016 Castle and Connolly, Boston Magazine : Top Doctors in Child Neurology
2016 Periodico el Planeta”, Boston, MA: Latino Award, Most influential people in New England
2015 Child Neurology Society: Talent, Character and Wisdom Awards Committee
2015 Best Doctors: Best Child Neurologist
2015 Castle and Connolly, Boston Magazine : Top Doctors in Child Neurology
2014 Periodico el Planeta”, Boston, MA : Latino Award, Most influential people in New England
2014 Top pediatricians: America's Top Pediatricians
2012 Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2011 Best Doctors : Best Pediatric Neurologist
2011 Super Doctors: Super Doctors
2011 Periodico el Planeta”, Boston, MA: Power-meter 100 Most influential members of the Latino Community Award
2010 Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2009 Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2008 Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2007 Boston Magazine: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2007 Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2006 Boston Magazine : Best Pediatric Neurologist
2006 Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2005 Best Doctors: Best Pediatric Neurologist
2001 Harvard Medical School: “Outstanding performance” as a Laboratory Instructor in the Human Nervous System
1999 Harvard Medical School: Meyer Award, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
1998 Harvard Medical School: Von Meyer Award, Children’s Hospital
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Traumatic Brain Injury Pediatric Concussion Program Pediatric Neurology Global Health

I am the Director of the Pediatric Brain Injury Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, Director of the International Program and Bilingual Programs at Boston Medical Center.

I am the PI/CI of several Pediatric Research Studies which main focus is Traumatic Brain Injury and Global Health and I am the Assistant Den of Diversity and Inclusion. I facilitate promote all students including underrepresented-minorities. I have also served as a facilitator for Global Health opportunities for the American Academy of Pediatrics in campus and around the world.

My research expertise is in the Treatment of children with Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury.

I have successfully mentored more than 30 trainees national and international on research projects and clinical careers.

I have received several clinical and teaching Awards including the 2003 Harvard Medical School Medical School Dean's letter to the best instructor of the Laboratory of Behavior and Neurology course.

I have a fundamental commitment to faculty development and mentoring majority and underrepresented minorities, early and mid-career investigators in academic medicine. In mentoring I view my role as facilitating individuals’ personal and professional growth/advancement in a manner that is aligned with their values and goals of BMC and Boston University School of Medicine.

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