About Stem Cell Institute

We treat people suffering from chronic illnesses or injuries who haven’t found success elsewhere by administering Advanced Stem Cell Therapy.


Providing Unbiased, Scientifically-Sound Treatment Options Since 2005

Our team was assembled in 2005 to provide unbiased, scientifically-sound treatment options to patients with degenerative diseases. The organization arose from the unmet need to provide stem cell therapies that have been shown by others to meet the bar of safety in Phase I trials, but are not yet widely available because efficacy has not been proven.

Our science originates from an American biotechnology company founded by Neil Riordan, PhD who, together with leading Universities has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and has 17 families of patent applications.

Our medicine is founded on clinical use of stem cells. Since opening our doors in 2006, we have performed over 25,000 procedures. In order to incorporate the most recent advancements into patient care, we routinely interact with colleagues in the USA and internationally, many of whom are using stem cells in clinical trials.

At the Stem Cell Institute, our mission is to be at the forefront of research with novel treatment protocols for chronic diseases using adult stem cells, always according to the highest international bioethics standards, and offering, with transparency, honesty and human quality, treatments developed to improve the condition of our patients.

These characteristics distinguish us from other stem cell treatment centers:


We publish our treatment protocols, clinical observations, and theories in peer-reviewed literature. You can find our articles at the NIH site where we have over 60 publications.


Our publications and seminars tell the world what we are doing and how we are doing it. We hope this will allow other doctors and scientists to further the science.


Our lab is fully licensed by the Panamanian Ministry of Health and has been inspected by several of our university collaborators.


Our doctors are fully licensed to practice medicine and legally administer stem cells in Panama.


While we cannot make medical promises, we do guarantee to address your questions and concerns with accurate information and to treat you with the utmost respect.


We collaborate with physicians and scientists at major universities in the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica.


Our expert team has guided thousands of patients along their journey toward a healthier life.

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Neil Riordan, PA, PhD

Board Chairman & Founder

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Jorge Paz-Rodriguez, MD

Board Member & Medical Director

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Rodolfo Fernández, MT

Board Member & Lab Director

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Gabriel Dutari

Chief Executive Officer

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Silvia Molina

Chief Operating Officer

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Marialaura Madrigal, Ph.D

Director of Research & Development

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Jay Lenner

VP International Operations

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Tabatha Rosas

Director of Finance

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Steve Rivers

Chief Financial Officer

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Julio Sierra, MD

Clinic Administrator

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Our Doctors

The doctors on staff at Stem Cell Institute are known for their compassionate care of patients and dedication to providing an excellent experience when you visit our facility for stem cell therapy. They each bring their own diverse training and expertise that elevates our approach towards treatment. 


Ensuring your exceptional stay at our treatment facility in Panama City, Panama is one of our highest priorities.

Our concierge and clinic staff will assist you from the moment you step off the plane.

Stem Cell Institute is located in BICSA Tower which is shared with the Hilton Panama Hotel, making your stay with us both convenient and luxurious.

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Medistem Panama

Medistem Panama, founded by Dr. Neil Riordan, is an 11000 sq. ft., ISO 9001-certified facility located in the prestigious City of Knowledge in Panama.

Medistem’s production lab consists of 3 ISO 7 class 10000 clean rooms with 9 ISO 5 class 100 laminar flow hoods and 17 ISO 5 class 100 incubators. 

Its research and development lab has an ISO 7 class 10000 clean room with two ISO 5 class 100 laminar flow hoods and four ISO 5 class 100 incubators.

Lastly, Medistem’s prep room is an ISO 7 class 10000 clean room with three ISO 5 class 100 laminar flow hoods.

These facilities are the core of what makes us the world’s leading adult stem cell therapy and research center.


Traveling to Panama City, Panama for Stem Cell Treatment

One of the biggest perks to traveling for stem cell treatment is the opportunity to experience a new place. Panama City, Panama, is a vibrant destination filled with something interesting for everyone.

Rich with history, breathtaking nature, modern engineering and concepts, delicious food, gorgeous art, and a fascinating culture at the center of it all, the background of our clinic adds to your overall experience as a patient. Panama City is a modern city where you’ll feel safe and enriched, possibly even discovering a home away from home.

Discover more about the process of traveling to Panama for stem cell treatment!

Take the first step towards the healthier life you deserve.

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