Father, son doctors sharing a shift ‘a dream come true.’

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If you call out for “Dr. Torre” at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, two heads may turn in response.

On Tuesday, Aug. 18, Dr. Michael Torre and his father Dr. Paul Torre joined each other, treating patients at the same time.

For Dr. Paul Torre, it was a lifelong dream to work alongside his son in the emergency room. He just never thought it would be during a pandemic.

“Nobody could have imagined this,” he said.

Originally from New Jersey, Paul has worked in emergency medicine for about 34 years, serving as assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, medical director of San Jacinto Methodist in Baytown and a founder of enTrust Immediate Care, before he began practicing emergency medicine at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

Currently, he is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and also works shifts at Ben Taub Hospital.

Paul maintains that he never encouraged his son to follow in his footsteps.

“You can’t push Michael,” he explained. “You can’t tell Michael what to do.”

Still, having a father in medicine helped Michael make the decision to pursue the career.

“I grew up with a doctor in the house, …

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