Jeremy R. Torstveit, M.D.
Inducted Saturday, September 16, 2006
Jeremy Torstveit graduated from Moorhead High School in 1965. During high school, he was involved in basketball, track and journalism. Torstveit graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. He completed a medical internship and residencies in general surgery and thoracic surgery. Torstveit also served as medical director of the Terros Free Medical Clinic and as medical consultant with the Phoenix Alcoholic Reception Center.
From 1979 to 2002, Torstveit was a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon (adults and pediatric) and a thoracic trauma surgeon at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Phoenix, where he now has emeritus status. He was a clinical instructor for the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program from 1979-97, and he is a past chairman and vice chairman of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Cardiothoracic Surgery Section.
Torstveit continues with quality resource management of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and as section chief of cardiac surgery at Banner Good Samaritan and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. He is also on the Editorial Board of CardiologyResearch.org.
In 1991, Torstveit co-founded the Children’s Heart Project of Arizona, which seeks donated medical supplies and enlists doctors to volunteer their services in Sri Lanka. Torstveit has served as either president or vice president since its founding. He has led 21 cardiac surgery medical missions to Sri Lanka since 1991.
Since 1997, Torstveit has been a member of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences. He is a National Hod Rod Association member and National Hot Rod Association track physician and advisor. Since 1994, he has written the column “Running Healthy” for National Dragster. From 1993-97, Torstveit received numerous regional and national auto racing awards.
In 2002, Torstveit was designated Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka for the state of Arizona. He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 and 2001, and he received the Humanitarian Award from the Sri Lankan Medical Association - USA in 1997 and National Honors Nomination, Sri Lanka, in 1998. Torstveit has authored or co-authored numerous publications and been involved with local and national professional organizations.
Jeremy is married to Shawn Torstveit. They have two children, Kelsey and Kristen (deceased). He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.