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Dr. Marcela Torres decided that her vocation in life was to become a doctor when she was only 15 years old. She started her studies in Medicine at the age of 17 years back in her country of origin, Peru. There she was exposed to all kinds of clinical challenges in the face of sparse resources, which helped her clinical skills tremendously. After finishing medical school she decided to come to the USA to do her residency in Pediatrics. At Children's Hospital of Milwaukee she quickly became interested in their Bone Marrow Transplant Program which was a pioneer in Unrelated T cell depleted bone marrow transplants in the nation. But as she started her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology Oncology, she realized that her main interest was Hematology. Training in a national referral center for patients with Bleeding and Clotting disorders and doing her research at the nationally renowned Blood Center of Wisconsin, prepared her way to become an expert in this field. At the end of her fellowship, she had completed her research on Multimerin, a little known clotting protein. She was the recipient of the ASH Travel Award for poster entitled, "Recombinant Multimerin and Factor V co-localize in Storage Granules in AtT-20 Cells"
She started to work at Cook Children's Hematology Oncology center back in the year 2000 and gradually her expertise and knowledge in bleeding and clotting disorders have allowed the growth of the Hematology section within the practice. She has also been involved in the twinning project with Peru sponsored by the WFH (World Federation of Hemophilia) and in 2006 our center was granted the Hemophilia Treatment Center Twin of the Year Award by the WFH. In addition, she continues to participate in several clinical research studies within the Hematology field.
At this point in time, she directs the Thrombosis and Stroke Programs which continue to grow at our institution. She is a member of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society, American Society of Hematology, International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, International Pediatric Stroke Society and American Heart Association.
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