At the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, under the direction of Dr. Leslie Mesén, our goal is to treat each patient with respect and compassion, inspiring hope and healing.

Using the most advanced technologies, the team of experts at The Stem Cells Transplant Institute believe in the potential of stem cell therapy for the treatment of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many more.

Based on clinical data showing positive results, our clinic provides treatments that have been approved by the Costa Rican government. The treatments offered are currently under investigation in the United States, but have not yet reached the final stage of approval by the FDA.

Medical tourism used to mean traveling to the United States or Europe for procedures or medication not available in many other countries. However, today many people from the United States and Europe are traveling to other countries for medical treatment.

Medical tourists come to Costa Rica because of its excellent healthcare, which is ranked higher than the U.S. by the World Health Organization. Physicians in Costa Rica are highly trained professionals completing at least 4 years of college and an additional 1-year internship; the medical universities are considered some of the best in Latin America and many physicians continue their training abroad. 

All practicing physicians must be affiliated with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica, a professional body responsible for the audit of medicine and surgery.

Dr. Leslie Mesen, founder and CEO of the Stem Cells Transplant Institute, studied medicine at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in San José, Costa Rica. Dr. Mesen is board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine by The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and receives continuing education courses in both the United States and Latin America.

Unlike traditional medicine, stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine focuses on addressing the cause of the disease rather than treating only the symptoms. Regenerative medicine uses stem cells to fix structures in the body that do not function properly due to an injury or disease.

Stem cell therapy has the potential to improve the quality of life for many patients with chronic diseases such as; diabetes, Parkinson´s disease, Alzheimer´s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and many other inflammatory diseases. Esthetic treatments like anti-aging options, weigh-loss, and hormone treatments are also showing great potential in the wellness/medical tourism field in Costa Rica.

McKinsey and Company, an influential global consulting company, reported that medical tourists from the United States and Canada, prefer Latin American countries including Costa Rica because of the short travel time, affordable costs, and the opportunity to enjoy a memorable vacation.

There are direct flights from many cities in the United States and Europe; it is only a 2.5-hour flight from Miami, Florida to San Jose, Costa Rica or a 3.5-hour flight from Houston, Texas. The Stem Cells Transplant Institute is located close to the airport in Escazu, San Jose.

Treatment packages include a two-night stay at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel located just minutes from the clinic as well as shopping and restaurants.  Another option for accommodations for patients to stay in would be the Hotel Quality Real San José. From either location, you could enjoy the rich culture and heritage of San Jose by taking a VIP bus tour or, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, venture out on your own to Avenida Central and visit the many museums, parks, shops and restaurants located along the avenue.

Traveling to Costa Rica for a stem cell treatment allows you the opportunity to explore a beautiful and diverse country. Approximately 2 million tourists come to explore the beauty of Costa Rica every year; they come to hike the rainforests, lounge on the beach or relax in the hot springs.  Costa Rica is also a bird watching paradise with more than 850 species, more species than the United States and Canada combined. However, if you are just looking to relax, the country also has some amazing spas located in the city or surrounded by the beauty and solitude of the rain forest. Many resorts specialize in yoga and wellness retreats, spas, and weight-loss programs. The Nicoya Peninsula around Tambor, Montezum and Mal Pais is largely undeveloped and a great place to go on some nature tours. For an ICT approved, excellent travel agency, for complete travel packages, contact Costa Rican Trails. Go to for all bank locations and hours.