Manuel Soto Martínez

Manuel Soto Martínez

Pediatric Pneumology
Sleep Medicine
Patient Demographics: Babies, Children

"I believe that to achieve the best service in children’s medicine it is necessary to pay attention to all of the parents’ concerns. My priority is the physical and mental wellness of children because they are the future of the country. Small changes, childhood situations and experiences, and household conditions can all affect each individual in their adulthood. As a Pediatric-Pneumologist, I have acquired knowledge that allows me to provide the best possible attention while applying the latest scientific knowledge and using my experience to help each sick child."

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Procedures (3)

Oximeter exam
Simple spirometry

Medical conditions (15)

Airway inflammation
Chronic cough
Cough with phlegm or mucus
Cystic fibrosis
Difficulty breathing
Dry cough
Recurrent respiratory infection
Respiratory sleep disorder
Shortness of breath
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General Info

About me

I studied to become a doctor to serve and dedicate my time to the needs of ill people. Lucky for me, I had my parents lead as examples as they served people through medicine in a very humble and non-profiteering way. I had the opportunity to do social work in Parrita, and through out this experience I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to take care of children. Pediatrics is an amazing career, full of joy and happiness. To be able to help out children when they are sick and to guide parents during the growth and development of a baby is a true blessing. At the end of the day, nothing compares to the smile of a grateful child.


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  • Pediatric Respiratory Medicine. University of Melbourne - Royal Children's Hospital, Australia. January 2010
  • Specialty in Pediatrics. Universidad de Costa Rica - Facultad de Medicina. January 2007
  • Doctor and Surgery. Escuela Aútonoma de Ciencias Médicas (Actual UCIMED). January 2001
  • Masters in Epidemiology at Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica

  • Sleep Medicine at University of Western Australia

  • Masters in Epidemiology at Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica


  • Physicians and Surgeons College of Costa Rica cod. MED6819 - active

    Medic and Surgeon - Costa Rica

  • European Respiratory Society (ERS)
  • American Thoracic Society (ATS)
  • Professor of Pediatrics at University of Melbourne, Australia. 2008-2010.
  • Professor of Postgraduate Pediatrics at Universidad de Costa Rica, since 2013
  • Professor of Pediatrics at UCIMED, since 2013
  • Winner of the Prize to Best Paediatric Presentation - Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane Australia 2010
  • Pediatric Pneumologist at Hospital de Niños, Costa Rica
  • Award: Graduated with Honors - Pediatrics UCR (2007)
  • Soto-Quirós ME, Soto-Martínez M, Hanson L. The High Prevalence of Rhinitis, Rinoconjutivitis and Eczema in Costa Rican School Children Studied with the ISAAC Protocol. Pediatric Asthma, Allergy and Immunology 2004, 17(1):71-80
  • Soto-Martínez ME, Hoepker A, Soto-Quirós M. Wheezing and Pneumonia: A complex relationship. Allergol Immunopathol (Madr). 2010 Jan-Feb;38(1):1-3
  • Soto-Martínez ME, L. Ávila y M.E. Soto Quirós. Nuevas pautas para el diagnóstico y manejo del asma en niños menores de 5 años: Guías GINA 2009. An Pediatr (Barc). 2009; 71 (2): 91-94
  • Manuel E. Soto-Martínez, Greta M. Palmer, Ian Torode, and Colin F. Robertson. Postoperative Respiratory Complications Following Corrective Scoliosis Surgery in a Group of High Risk Children. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med., May 2010;181:A3898
  • Manuel E. Soto-Martínez, Anne Marie F. Gibson, Andrew D. Cochrane, and Phil Robinson. Long Term Respiratory Outcomes And Lung Function Following Vascular Ring Repair. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med., May 2010;181:A3932
  • Yock-Corrales A, Soto-Martínez ME, Starr M. Management of severe asthma. Australia Family Physician. 2011 Jan-Feb;40(1-2):35-8
  • Welsh L, Haller W, King LE, Soto-Martínez M, Oliver M, Catto-Smith A, Robinson PJ. Pulmonary function abnormalities in children with active Crohn's disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012 Nov 15;186(10):1060-1