MARÍA LUISA HINCAPIÉ

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”-Vivian Greene

I am a proud Panamanian, but I recognize that there are improvements to be made. I value education as a means for our human resource to increase the quality of life at a global level. I have faith that an individual can change the world and I have dedicated my life to help people so that they can be that positive force. I work every day to practice what I preach and balance myself a bit more in mind, body and spirit, but I acknowledge that my main effort to date has been mental. I love to read and stay abreast of the most recent psychiatric developments, which are seeing their most rapid growth since the birth of the specialty. Each day I learn about the interrelation between all our systems and their effect on our mental health in the short and long term, which mirror the interrelation between us all.

My interest in medicine came from my maternal grandfather (humanitarian neurosurgeon) and my passion for mental health through mi rotations in medicine where I would spend more time talking with and listening to my patients than my colleagues. I soon realized that these patients felt more satisfied with their care and their health and would improve quicker, no matter which specialty I was rotating through. I had the opportunity to do research on the effects of lack of sleep, maternal depression and domestic violence on children. During my psychiatric rotations, I consolidated the idea that for optimal wellness one needed to work integrally. For this reason, when I arrived back in Panama and met Analida, we decided to create Holistic Mind Steps (HMS), a health clinic where we work with the whole person in mind, body and spirit, so that they may achieve the optimal version of themselves. In HMS, in addition to helping with the administration of the clinic, I am one of the psychiatrists.

Education:

  • School: The International School of Panama. 1983-1996
  • Pre-medicine: Brown University, cum laude in psychology. 1996-2000
  • Medicine: University of Western Ontario, MD, 2000-2004
  • Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry: Brown University. 2004-2010
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. 2006-2007

Work History:

  • Butler Hospital. 2004-2008
  • Emma Pendelton Bradley Hospital/Rhode Island Hospital. 2008-2010
  • Hospital Santo Tomás. 2011-2012
  • Hospital Regional Nicolás A. Solano. 2012
  • Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies. 2013
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. 2013
  • Hospital del Niño. 2013-2014
  • Holistic Mind Steps. 2013-presente

Publications
Riordan NH, Hincapié ML, Morales I, et al. (2019) Allogeneic human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder in children: safety profile and effect on cytokine levels. Stem Cells Transl Med.; 8(10): 1008‐ 1016.
Hincapié, ML. (2020, August 22). Lo que deben saber como padres. La Prensa de Panamá. 6A
Hincapié, ML. (2021, February 16). Los más vulnerables. La Prensa de Panamá. 6A
Areas of interest
Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Autism, Perinatal Psychiatry.
You may reach me at: info@holisticmindsteps.com