About me

Gideon Lasco, MD, PhD is a physician, medical anthropologist, writer, and advocate of health and environmental issues. He is senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and research fellow at the Ateneo de Manila University's Development Studies Program. He obtained his medical degree from the UP College of Medicine and his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. A Palanca-winning essayist, he maintains 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 researches have been published in international journals (see Google Scholar) while his essays and commentaries have appeared in international publications like the Singapore Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Korea Herald, The Globe Post, and the Huffington Post. He was visiting researcher at the Washington University of St. Louis (2015), National University of Singapore (2016), and in late 2019 he was visiting faculty at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil where he taught a course in Medical Anthropology.

An advocate of health equity, Dr. Lasco was Program Coordinator of the UHC Study Group of the National Institutes of Health, UP Manila from 2011 to 2013 and was selected as an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity in Southeast Asia for the year 2019. He has also served as an ambassador and advocate for environmental organizations 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 December 2019