One of the staunchest, most exciting, and most innovative voices for the new discipline of planetary health, Renzo Guinto, MD DrPH is Chief Planetary Doctor of PH Lab – a “glo- cal think-and-do tank” for advancing the health of both people and the planet. He is also an Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Public Health and Inaugural Director of the new Global Health Program of the St. Luke’s College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial in the Philippines. Renzo is an Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader, Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, and Climate Reality Leader (through the initiative of former US Vice President Al Gore). Currently he is member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Lancet Planetary Health; adviser to the Forum on Climate Change and Health of the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar; and Next Generation One Health Adviser of The Lancet One Health Commission hosted by the University of Oslo.
Renzo is also one of the most energetic and provocative thought leaders in the international discourse around advancing health security in Southeast Asia and decolonizing the field of global health. Currently, he serves as consultant for numerous projects related to COVID-19, post-pandemic tourism, migration, healthcare decarbonization, and health system governance. He also previously consulted for various organizations including the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium; World Bank; World Health Organization; Health Care Without Harm; International Organization for Migration; Philippine Department of Health; Chilean Ministry of Health; and University of the Philippines (UP) Manila.
Renzo received his Doctor of Public Health degree from Harvard University; for his doctoral dissertation, he investigated the concept of “climate-smart” health systems in coastal municipalities in the Philippines. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the UP Manila under the accelerated Integrated Liberal Arts-Medicine (INTARMED) Program, and also received further training from the University of Oxford, University of Copenhagen, University of the Western Cape, and East-West Center in Hawaii. Previously he was named an Emerging Voice in Global Health by Health Systems Global; Emerging Leader by the World Heart Federation; and Raffles Fellow by the National University of Singapore. Renzo has traveled to and lectured in nearly 50 countries; published more than 100 articles in scientific journals, books, and popular media; and directed and produced short films that communicate the message of planetary healing to the world.