About me

Gideon Lasco, MD, PhD is a licensed physician, medical anthropologist, writer, and health care reform advocate from the Philippines. He currently teaches Medical Anthropology at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He received his medical degree from the UP College of Medicine in 2010, and completed his Master of Science in Medical Anthropology in the same college in 2014. He earned his PhD in Medical Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in May 2017. A Palanca-winning essayist, he also has a weekly column titled "Second Opinion" at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, where he writes about health, culture, and society.

His researches have focused on the traditional and modern ways that various sectors of society utilise to improve their their bodies and their everyday lives. His current projects include doing ethnographic research among young people in a drug war-affected community, conducting a qualitative survey of skin whitening practices among students, documenting the meanings and materialities of height, and understanding barriers to hypertension care. His works, both academic and popular, have been published in international journals as well as international publications like Singapore Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Korea Herald, Daily Mail, the Huffington Post, and have been translated in four languages.

An advocate of universal healthcare, Dr. Lasco was the Program Coordinator of the UHC Study Group of the National Institutes of Health, UP Manila, from 2011 and 2013. He is also an ambassador for environmental organisations like the Climate Reality Project, WWF Philippines, and Forest Foundation Philippines During his free time, Gideon pursues his hobby of mountain climbing: he has climbed over 170 mountains in the country and has hiked in six continents, including 3 of the 7 Summits of the world. Author of the Dayhikes from Manila guidebook, he maintains PinoyMountaineer.com, the Lonely Planet-recommended guide to hiking in the Philippines, recognised as the Best Sports and Recreation Blog in the Philippines.

Updated April 2018