Michael Tan is a medical anthropologist, a National Academician, and Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines (UP). He is currently the Chancellor of UP Diliman, a position he held since 2014. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor at the College of Medicine at UP Manila where he directs a graduate degree program in medical anthropology. His areas of concentration are in the cultures of health and wellness, gender and sexuality, anthrozoology, culture and ethics, linguistic anthropology, Southeast and East Asian studies, and diaspora studies. He has served in local and international health committees in the Department of Health and the WHO. He has also served as a consultant with various organizations including UNICEF, DANIDA, EU, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Tan has published extensively including several books and articles in scholarly journals. He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of the Philippines and a PhD in social and political science from the Medical Anthropology Unit of the University of Amsterdam.