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New York Cancer & Blood Specialists - Welcomes Oncologist, Dr. Alfredo Torres
PORT JEFFERSON, NY – Alfredo Torres, MD has joined the team of medical oncologists at New York
Cancer & Blood Specialists. Dr. Torres will be praccing at our Port Jefferson, Setauket, and Smithtown
locaons. Dr. Torres is a third generaon physician in his family and knew early on, that medicine was
A nave of Venezuela, Dr. Torres credits the skills he has developed to limited access to medical
resources. “I grew up in a country filled with opportunies and hope. There were highly professional
and skillful physicians, but Venezuela always experienced scarcity in medical technology, diagnosc
resources, and infrastructure,” said Dr. Torres. “I had to rely purely on clinical diagnosis to provide the
right medical care for my paents.”
He aended medical school at Universidad de Carabobo, where he was a research assistant invesgating
immunology. Dr. Torres came to the United States because of its innovaons in hematology-oncology.
“I believe that my training and now praccing as a physician specialized in these fields in the US
made me beer as I combined a hands-on clinical base with world-class medical research and technology,”
Dr. Torres experienced his own heartbreak with cancer; his grandmother passing from colon cancer and
his grandfather from leukemia. “This has allowed me to empathize with my paents, truly relate to their
diagnosis, and become an ally in their journey to finding a cure and/or improving their quality of life,”
said Dr. Torres. He believes that each paent and diagnosis is different, and providing holisc support is
needed for diagnosis and treatment.
While residing in Venezuela, Dr. Torres was a volunteer for the Funcamama-Breast Cancer Foundaon
and Fundación de Niños con VIH.
In the US, Dr. Torres completed his residency and fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he
was awarded “best poster presentaon” of ACP Journal club presentaons. He was also the grant
recipient from the Florida Breast Cancer Foundaon for Use of Virtual Reality to decrease chemotherapy
associated anxiety, symptom distress, nausea, voming, and fague.
“I look forward to joining NYCBS and providing the best medical care to the Long Island Community.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Torres, call 631-675-5059.
New York Cancer & Blood Specialists is commied to our paents. We are dedicated to providing each paent with a unique path to treatment and unmatched support.
We strive to make quality, community-based cancer care available in each and every New York community.