About me

Gideon Lasco, MD, PhD is a physician, medical anthropologist, writer, and advocate of health and environmental issues. He currently teaches Anthropology at the Diliman and Manila campuses of University of the Philippines. He obtained his medical degree from the UP College of Medicine and his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. A Palanca-winning essayist, he has a weekly column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, where he writes about health, culture, and society.

Dr. Lasco's current research projects include documenting the impact of the drug war among young people, charting the meanings and materialities of human stature in the Philippines, understanding barriers to hypertension care, and documenting Filipinos' health-related aspirations for the future. His works, both academic and popular, have been published in international journals (see Google Scholar) as well as international publications like the Singapore Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Korea Herald, Daily Mail, and the Huffington Post.

An advocate of universal healthcare (UHC), Dr. Lasco was the Program Coordinator of the UHC Study Group of the National Institutes of Health, UP Manila, from 2011 and 2013. He has also served as an ambassador and advocate for environmental organisations like the Climate Reality Project, WWF Philippines, and Forest Foundation Philippines, and sits on the board of Centre for Sustainability, an environmental NGO based in Palawan. 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 November 2018