Linda Torres DNP, CRNA, CCRN, Named Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Health, VHA
Dr. Linda Torres serves as an advisor to the senior leadership team at the Veterans Health Administration. Among her projects, she is leading VA’s efforts in the White House’s re-launch of the Cancer Moonshot, where service-member environmental exposures are a focus.
Dr. Torres served in the Army as a critical care nurse and deployed in 2012 to Bastion Hospital and Bagram Airfield Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
After her time in service, she earned her doctorate in nursing practice, specializing in nurse anesthesia. She continues to care for patients as a CRNA in North Philadelphia. She earned her doctorate in nursing with a focus on nurse anesthesia from the University of Pennsylvania. There, she enrolled in courses outside of nursing such as non-profit leadership and government relations.
Beyond nursing, Dr. Torres served as the service director and then policy director for the all-volunteer veteran non-profit Action Tank. Her work in this organization focused on the tree canopy, firearm violence, food insecurity, and substance use. She continues to volunteer and plant trees.
Dr. Torres also serves on the board of another veteran non-profit, Team Foster.