Fernando Ona

Fernando Ona

(617) 636-0362
136 Harrison Avenue


  • D.Min., Boston University, Boston, United States
  • Ph.D./M.D., University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco, Berkeley and San Francisco, United States, 2002
  • M.P.H., Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, United States, 1994
  • M.S.W., Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, United States, 2015
  • M.Div. (magna cum laude), Boston University School of Theology, United States, 2020
  • B.S., United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, United States, 1992


Fernando is an epidemiologist and medical anthropologist. His research interests are primarily with the unhoused, refugees, internally displaced communities, and asylum seekers who are survivors of torture or experience trauma. Fernando also works with ultra-poor populations living in informal settlements. He has experience in local, State and with war/conflict/post-conflict environments. Geographically, Fernando works in the Middle East (Iraqi Kurdistan), Central (Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) and Southeast Asia (the Philippines), Eastern, Southern and Western Africa (Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somaliland, South Africa, Senegal, Mali, Niger) and among diaspora populations in Europe (The Netherlands) and North America. He is an ordained minister and currently serves as a board member of the Outdoor Church. Fernando spends his time between Boston, his biodynamic farm in Vermont and the Netherlands.

Fernando's ORCHID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9309-4231

Fernando's YA RYT-500 profile: https://www.yogaalliance.org/TeacherPublicProfile?tid=281606