Dr. Torrez received a B.S. Degree in Microbiology (2009). He earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree (2014) from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Following his MD degree, he completed a 3 year resident in Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Personal Statement

My interests in pediatric medicine include working with children in foster care, teaching - both resident and medical student education, and pediatric advocacy on a community up to a state level. I am currently the medical director of the Healthy Beginnings clinic, which is a clinic that cares for children who are in foster care, with the goal of ensuring they receive all their routine well child care, have access to necessary subspecialists, all through the lens of a Trauma-Informed care approach to their medical care. I also serve as the block director for the pediatric residency’s PARC rotation. The PARC rotation educates residents on pediatric advocacy from the community up to the federal level, and works to get them involved in their local community.

Areas of Specialty

Foster Care Medicine Pediatric Advocacy


American Board of Pediatrics, 2017 New Mexico Board of Pharmacy, 2017-Current

Achievements & Awards

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Service Award, Outstanding Mentor for Medical Students, 2020 Pediatric Housestaff Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award, 2020 Faculty Phase II Clinical Teacher, 2020 Acknowledgement of Teaching Excellence, Learning Environment Office, 2019 Department of Pediatrics Faculty Service Award, 2018 Resident Teaching Award, Intern, 2014-2015


  • Spanish

Research and Scholarship

Lopez-Bushnell, K., Torrez, D., Robertson, J., Torrez, C., Strickler, L. (2017) Shaken Baby Syndrome: A hospital-based education and prevention program in the intermediate care and the newborn intensive care nurseries. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 23(3), 142-150. Localized Intravascular Coagulopathy of Venous Malformation Involving the Labia as a Mimic of Child Abuse (2020). Strickler, L. Van Dinh, LA. Torrez, C. Williams, J. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine.