Larry Istrail is an internal medicine physician and founder of Pheo Coffee, a coffee company that honors medical pioneers and funds surgeries in the developing world with the goal of harnessing the U.S. coffee habit to create a sustainable healthcare fund abroad. Larry went to medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine followed by residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.
He started Pheo Coffee in August of 2017 roasting the coffee himself on an iron skillet in his apartment with the goal of creating delicious, freshly roasted coffee for his medical professional colleagues and friends. As the coffee sales grew, he outsourced the roasting process to a professional roaster in Winchester, Virginia. Now 1.5 years later, Pheo coffee has funded 17 surgeries abroad with coffee sales, has 5 coffees honoring different medical pioneers, sales in all 50 states and Canada, and has been featured in Buzzfeed, Washingtonian, the Washington Post and more.