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Olga Lucia Torres, J.D., M.S.

Lecturer, Narrative Medicine

Olga Lucia Torres received her BA from Cornell University and her JD at Georgetown University Law Center, both on partial scholarship. Olga was a successful criminal defense attorney, managing multiple chronic illnesses including arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma, as well as a childhood pituitary adenoma. But after surviving a devastating brain injury, Olga decided to change careers. She returned to school and earned an MS in narrative medicine from Columbia University. She now speaks about her experience and educates people on how to advocate for themselves as patients. Olga’s a narrative medicine lecturer at Columbia University. She’s also a narrative medicine adjunct professor at the CUNY School of Medicine. She’s been published in various outlets including the New York Daily News, amNY (through Newsday),, and the New York Times. Her book is currently being auctioned for sale.