Paula Torch

Business-minded with entrepreneurial instincts, Paula Torch joined Waller in 2017 as the Executive Director of the firm’s nationally recognized Healthcare Department. In this role, Paula works closely with the firm’s healthcare industry team, board of directors and practice group leaders to grow the firm’s healthcare practice, broaden its focus in emerging markets and sectors, and lead in the development and execution of the Department’s strategic business plan.  Part of her initiatives include cultivating and managing relationships, building and expanding partnerships as well as researching and developing new growth opportunities for the Healthcare Department. 

With more than a decade of equity research experience with prominent investment banks, Paula’s analytical skills and healthcare industry knowledge add significant depth to Waller’s strategic business development initiatives. By researching the business models of both public and private companies, Paula developed long-standing relationships with C-suite leadership teams at healthcare organizations across the country. She is widely known for her insight in the areas of health systems, outpatient services, physician practice management and behavioral healthcare. Numerous local and national publications have sought her analysis of industry issues and trends, and she has been quoted in Modern Healthcare, Bloomberg, Barron’s, WNPR, the Boston Globe, the Tennessean, and other local and regional business publications. In 2015 and 2017, Paula was a panelist for the Nashville Health Care Council’s “Wall Street’s View on Prospects for the Health Care Industry.” 


  • Series 7, 63, 86 and 87 Licenses, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Member, Nashville Health Care Council
  • Member, Leadership Health Care

Prior Affiliations

  • Vice President, Equity Research - Healthcare Services, Avondale Partners, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Vice President, Equity Research, Barclays Capital, San Francisco
  • Vice President, Equity Research, Needham & Company, LLC, San Francisco and New York


  • B.S., magna cum laude, Fordham University, International Finance,
    • Beta Gamma Sigma business honors society
    • Honors Thesis Program