Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New ENT Physician Joins Fauquier Health

Fauquier Health is delighted to announce the addition of a new ear, nose and throat physician to its staff. With more than two decades of experience as an otolaryngologist, Jairo Torres, M.D. has treated a broad spectrum of conditions for both pediatric and adult patients, including ear infections (chronic otitis media), sinus problems, thyroid disorders, head and neck masses and sleep apnea.
Prior to joining Fauquier Health, Dr. Torres was a private practice ENT physician specializing in pediatric services at Children’s Hospital Central California for two years. Prior to that, he was a private practice physician in Colombia for 16 years, where he served as a hospital medical director and an ENT clinic director.

Board certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Dr. Torres says it’s an exciting time in his field. “The recent advances in sinus surgery are very promising. And there are new techniques that can help patients avoid surgery, as well.” He explains that in the case of blocked sinuses, there is a procedure using a balloon that is inflated at the sinus opening to dilate the ostium, or sinus opening into the nose. Instead of a two- to three-hour surgery, it is a 15-minute procedure under general anesthesia. “It’s quick, less invasive and does not remove any tissue. It can be very effective. A lot of parents, for instance, would rather avoid surgery for their child if possible, especially since most kids outgrow sinus problems.”

Dr. Torres has come to Warrenton from central California and loves his new home. While he and his family are enjoying the small town feel of the area and the rolling vistas, Dr. Torres said that’s not what convinced him to move east. “I was very impressed with Fauquier Hospital’s Planetree philosophy, where the emphasis is on treating the whole patient.” Dr. Torres is a firm believer in family involvement, as well. From his own experience, he knows that when he includes loved ones in the treatment process, patients experience much better outcomes.

After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of the Valley Division of Health Sciences (Colombia) in 1983, Dr. Torres completed the University of the Valley Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Internship and Residency Program, and the Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Otolaryngology International Fellowship Program. At Case Western Reserve University, he also completed the General Surgery Residency Program in 2004, and the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program in 2008.

Jairo Torres, M.D.
Board certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
400 C Hospital Drive
Warrenton, VA 20186
Dr. Torres is fluent is Spanish.

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