Welcome Dr. Lacayo!

We are proud to introduce a new collaborator, who will be a key player for our Spirit of Love heart program. As a new element of the Salvatierra Hospital and together with the Ministry of Health and other local foundations such as Amigos de los Niños, Corazón de Niño and Opening Hearts, Dr. Lacayo will be the new Pediatric Cardiologist responsible of detecting and caring for children with congenital heart defects in the State.




Dr. Ada Lila Lacayo Molina was born in Leon, Nicaragua on 26 December 1980. She is the second of four children and lived in Nicaragua until she was 30.


In 1998 she began her university studies at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua-Leon (UNAN), graduating as a Surgeon in 2004. She made her residency in the Oscar Danilo Rosales Hospital School Arguello and ended her social service in 2006.


She chose to study her specialty in Pediatrics from 2007 to 2010, at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua-Managua, and did her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Nicaragua “Manuel de Jesus Rivera”.

Her experience in cardiology began in April 2010, when she started working as Pediatrician in the Nicaragua Open Heart Foundation, part of the International Children’s Heart Foundation. She also worked as a Pediatrician in the Intensive Care Unit with pre-surgical & post-surgical patients and helped with congenital heart defect (CHD) assessment. During this round of open heart surgeries she met Dr. James Hammel, Dr. Sergio Hernández and Dr. Katleen Fenton. Thanks to the beautiful work of these doctors and aware of the problems of CHD, Dr. Lacayo decided to travel to Mexico, where she studied her Sub-Specialty in Pediatric Cardiology and with a Postgraduate Certificate in Interventional Pediatric Cardiology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Both certified by the Mexican Council of Cardiology.

In May 2014, she participated as an observer in our round of open heart surgeries, invited by Dr. James Hammel, president of Opening Hearts. During this time she fell in love with the program and enjoyed working with an excellent team, both professional and human.

Last January 2016, she was invited to join the team at Salvatierra Hospital as a Pediatric Cardiologist and in February 16, 2016, she was officially hired.


“I feel happy and blessed to be here, there is a great need for care in children with CHD, I’m sure that with hard work and dedication we can achieve that there are no more children with CHD left untreated in the state of Baja Sur, becoming an example for the rest of the country. The efforts made by the State Government and local non-profits for the health of these small children is admirable, thanks to the Ministry of Health, thanks to the foundation Opening Hearts, and thank you Los Cabos Children’s Foundation.”

-Dr. Lacayo

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