About Us

Philos Health is an international nonprofit corporation formed in August 2004 to improve the health and well-being of people living in rural and under-served areas of the Philippines. Our founders are a group of health care providers and supportive community members in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Philos Health provides medical, surgical and dental care to residents of Jagna, Bohol who have limited access to medical care.  We partner with the local government and other NGOs to develop new health care services when none exist.

Our primary work for the past 10 years has been in Jagna, Bohol, but we have also provided typhoon relief in Davao, Philippines in 2012. We currently provide earthquake relief in Bohol and typhoon relief in Ormoc, Leyte.   


Board of Directors

  • Lefkos Aftonomos, MD
    • Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services at Mills Peninsula Health Services in San Mateo, CA. He has been on eight trips to the Philippines.
  • Fe Alarcon
    • Nurse Supervisor for Evening Shift  at Mills Peninsula Health Services.  She has been to Jagna 8 times
  • Becky Angeles
    • Radiology Department Nurse at MPHS. She has been on three trips.
  • Maureen Dunn
    • Director of Senior Focus at MPHS. She serves as the Philos Board Secretary.
  • Kim Erlich, MD
    • Medical Director of Philos Health.  He is a specialist in Infectious Diseases and is Medical Director of Infection Control at Mills Peninsula Health Services.  He has been on 10 trips with Philos Health. He is married to Dr. Jennifer Normoyle, a OB GYN at Kaiser South San Francisco, who is the Surgical Director of Philos Health. She recently led her fifth surgical trip to Jagna. 
  • Edward Guina 
    • Director of Operations at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco. He has been on one trip and serves as the Philos CFO.
  • Elizabeth Kinsella
    • A nurse at the MPHS Family Birth Center. She has been with the group twice.
  • Ramon Icatar
    • Has been to Jagna, Bohol with Philos once. He is Senior Construction Manager at Sutter Health
  • Richard Liu, MD
    • A hospitalist at MPHS and has been to the Philippines once with the group. 
  • Forrest Malakoff, Chair and Founder
    • Retired Vice President of Mills Peninsula Health Services/Sutter Health.  Currently he is a consultant working with hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other health care organizations.
    • He has led 39 trips to the Philippines.
  • Lorraine Massa, MD
    • Pulmonologist and Hospitalist at MPHS. She has traveled with the group 3 times to the Philippines. 
  • John Rosenberg, MD
    • A retired emergency physician at Kaiser Redwood City. He has been with Philos 10 times to the Philippines. He also travels yearly as a volunteer physician in India. 
  • Chris White, MD
    • Emergency Department physician at MPHS. He has been three times to the Philippines.
  • Brice Wu is a Senior Manager at Google in Mt. View, California.  He recently went to Jagna with his wife Jenny Hsu, MD for the first week of their honeymoon.