Medical Staff


Jorge Paz Rodríguez, M.D.

Medical Director
Dr. Jorge Paz Rodriguez received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at the University of Panama.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.  He performed his training in Internal Medicine at the Lincoln Hospital in New York City as part of the New York Medical College Program “A”.  He worked as Medical Director of the Wellmed Clinic at Greenway Park, San Antonio, Texas, and Director of the Program for Chronic Disease Control Program (Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, and Ischemic Heart Disease).  Presently, he is the Director of the Wellmed Clinic in Panama and Senior Doctor and President of Stem Cell Institute.

Aileen Barnett, M.D.

Staff Physician
Dr. Barnett received her medical degree at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara based in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 2002.  Upon the completion of her internship at local hospitals in Panama, she served as Medical Supervisor for a private Panamanian hospital; supervising staff, managing patient relations, and coordinating medical procedures. Subsequent to her hospital service, Dr. Barnett accepted a position as medical author, editor and proof-reader for an external affiliate of a major U.S. pharmaceutical company in the fields of neuroscience, osteoporosis, ED, cardiovascular, and oncology.

Ana Lia Diez, M.D.

Staff Physician
Dr. Diez received her medical degree from Latina University in the Republic of Panama in 2006.  Before joining the Stem Cell Institute, Dr. Diez managed the Hematology Department’s Ambulatory Infusion Unit at Hospital Santo Tomás.  Her expertise encompasses  hemophilia, anemia and other chronic hematologic diseases.  Dr. Diez also worked as medical reviewer, writer and editor at Primo Scientific Corporation.

Hernan H. Hernandez, M.D.

Staff Physician

Stem Cell Institute staff with stem cell patient

Stem Cell Institute Staff with Stem Cell Recipient

Dr. Hernandez received his medical degree from Latina University in the Republic of Panama in 2002.  He also worked as the General Director for Health Care at La Joya Center.  He has been involved with direction for community programs involving patients with Tuberculosis, HIV among other Chronic Infectious Diseases in Panama´s Eastern region.  He was the medical liaison between Panama’s Ministry of Health and the European committee for the patients at La Joya Center.  He also has a specialization in Health Services Management.

Cindy Leu, M.D.

Staff Physician
Dr. Cindy Leu is an experienced medical doctor who received her doctorate degree in 2005 from the School of Medicine at Universidad Latina in Panama City, Panama. During the first two years of her career, she worked as a General Practitioner in a community hospital providing inpatient care in the departments of surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics as well as outpatient clinics. Dr. Leu received a post-doctoral degree in orthomolecular medicine and dermocosmiatrics and maintains a clear and active medical license to practice medicine in the country of Panama.

Before joining our team of medical doctors in December of 2013, she dedicated 5 years to improving the health and well-being of the community while working at Dermocenter and WellMed Clinics providing aesthetic, wellness and integral care.