WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains Hospital has named Dr. Rafael Torres, of Manhattan, to its medical staff.
Torres is medical director of Emergency Medicine as of Sept. 2. Torres completed his undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine, in Washington, D.C., where he received honors for academic achievement. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at New York Methodist Hospital, where he was chief resident and honored as Resident of the Year.
Since 2009, he has been medical director for Citywide Mobile Response, a comprehensive ambulance service in New York.
He has also held the position of Emergency Department medical director at Westchester Square, the first free-standing Emergency Department in New York State, and St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers. In addition to his clinical expertise in emergency medicine, Torres has a professional focus on patient satisfaction, efficiency and quality improvement. “We are very excited to welcome Dr. Torres to White Plains Hospital,” said Dr. Michael Palumbo, executive vice president and medical director. “He has an outstanding reputation and understands the value of providing patients with a positive experience while they are in the hospital.” Torres’ professional development includes an intensive training program in quality improvement, outcomes measurement and process management with the Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Health Care Delivery Research; a 15-month Clinical Quality Fellowship with the Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund; and a three-stage training program with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Emergency Department Directors Academy. He is board-certified in emergency medicine. The Flanzer Center for Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at White Plains Hospital opened in 2010 as a state-of-the-art, two-story center with all private-rooms. The busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, the Flanzer Center saw approximately 55,000 visits in 2013.