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Olga Lucia Torres, JD, MS

Narrative Medicine Expert & Author of Multiple Articles, Lecturer & New York Advocacy Committee Chair & Ambassador and Multicultural Media Correspondents & Medical Advisory Board

Narrative Medicine Expert & Author of Multiple Articles, Lecturer & New York Advocacy Committee Chair & Ambassador and Multicultural Media Correspondents & Medical Advisory Board

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Olga Lucia Torres, JD, MS Biography

Olga Lucia Torres, JD, MS: Torres is a Narrative Medicine expert, speaking and being published on how to improve clinician-patient communication. She also speaks on and has been published in the New York Times, Parents Magazine, and various other publications on disability rights, healthcare and structural racism in healthcare, and what it’s like to live and parent in New York City as a disabled person and with all her medical conditions.

Torres has been sick her entire life: starting with a pediatric pituitary adenoma, later developing lupus and five other autoimmune diseases, then experiencing a devastating brain injury that left her disabled. As a first-generation Latina, she was one of the eight founding attorneys of the Bronx Defenders, and is now a lecturer in the Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University.

Torres is also a patient advocate and is the New York State Advocacy Chairperson for the Lupus Foundation of America. Additionally, she’s a member of the medical advisory board of 'Hear Your Song', a nonprofit that empowers children and teens with serious illnesses to make their voices heard through collaborative songwriting. She’s also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association, an organization that seeks to increase diversity across all platforms of media.

Olga Lucia Torres, JD, MS Speaking Topics

  • How to Be a Professional Patient

    After surviving a brain injury I made a discovery—to make the most out of doctor-patient interaction, both the doctor and patient have to show up as professionals. I’m not suggesting that the patient and the doctor are equals in knowledge or skills. No, an egalitarian relationship at the medical level is not possible. In large part, the doctor dictates the treatment, and the patient is expected to comply. But could not this compliance be re-calibrated?

    In this talk and or workshop, I explain how the best results come when the doctors and patients think and work in sync, when they share concerns and expectations. Professional patient isn’t about the frequency of appointments or the nature of the patient’s ailments, but rather the state of mind of the patient during their doctor’s visits.

    After completing my master's in narrative medicine and working as a patient advocate, I found there are 4 basic steps that patients can take that will help them have a more professional attitude when they see their doctors, and this professional attitude, will greatly enhance the quality of their interaction with the clinician. In this talk or workshop, I go over the steps (I’ve created an easy to remember acronym for the steps) and how to implement them."

  • How to Tell Your Medical Story and Effectively Advocate for Yourself

    Death by medical mistake is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Being able to communicate effectively with your clinicians is critical for your safety. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use the skills of storytelling to tell your medical story and effectively advocate for yourself and your loved ones.

    We’ll cover what you need to do before your visit—how to prepare. What to do during the visit both if it’s going well or if the clinician isn’t listening to you. What to do after the visit to continue building repertoire with your provider.

  • Looking past the DEI jargon--how do you practically bring DEI into a doctor-patient encounter?

    In this talk and or workshop we’ll cover basic DEIA terms, how to address cultural competency.

    • Health disparities between people of different ages, races and ethnicities.
    • Abilities and disabilities
    • Gender identities
    • Religions
    • Cultures
    • Sexual Orientations

  • Disabled People Aren’t Here to Inspire You and We Don’t Need Your Pity

    Inspiration porn consistently makes its way into the media. Examples of inspiration porn are "inspiring" or "uplifting" stories that portray people with disabilities as inspirations solely because they’re disabled.

    Inspiration porn comes in different forms—there are the popular quotes and memes like, "The only disability is a bad attitude". Someone who is blind or visually impaired can’t fix their attitude and miraculously see. Then there are news stories, like the one about a student with Down Syndrome being elected Prom King or Queen, where they are depicted as an admirable act of charity or as an object of inspiration.

    Then you have people who pity or fear us because of our disabilities. In this talk I’ll share the 3 main problems with inspiration porn and 3 suggestions on how to address the issue. I’ll also address why some people fear or pity disabled people and how it hurts our community.

  • How to Parent as a Disabled Person Who Lives with Multiple Chronic Illnesses

    Parenting is difficult to add a disability due to a brain injury, 6 autoimmune diseases including Lupus, a pituitary tumor, a seizure disorder, and other health challenges. In this talk, I discuss how my husband and I made the decision to get pregnant, the unique challenges I face, planning for the unforeseeable (wills, power-of-attorney, healthcare proxy, etc.), and other related topics.

    I will also cover what it was like to learn our daughter had an autoimmune disease and that she was disabled because of it.

Olga Lucia Torres, JD, MS Videos

  • Why Everyone Should Be a Professional Patient | Olga Lucia Torres TEDx
    Olga Lucia Torres was working as a defense attorney in New York City in August of 2000 when she suffered a traumatic brain injury that forced her to...

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Olga Lucia Torres, JD, MS is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as How to Be a Professional Patient, How to Tell Your Medical Story and Effectively Advocate for Yourself, Looking past the DEI jargon--how do you practically bring DEI into a doctor-patient encounter?, Disabled People Aren’t Here to Inspire You and We Don’t Need Your Pity and How to Parent as a Disabled Person Who Lives with Multiple Chronic Illnesses. The estimated speaking fee range to book Olga Lucia Torres, JD, MS for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Olga Lucia Torres, JD, MS generally travels from Manhattan, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Lizzie Velasquez, Temple Grandin, Kylar Broadus, Maysoon Zayid and J.R. Martinez. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Olga Lucia Torres, JD, MS for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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