Department of Dermatology

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The year 1992 marked the birth of the Dermatology Residency Training Program at the East Avenue Medical Center as a Section under the Department of Internal Medicine. A mere 10 square meter room with 1 desk and 3 chairs served as office & outpatient clinic for the first 3 residents & consultant staff, composed of Drs. Monina A. Macam, Ma. Angela M. Lavadia, Marcellano S. Cruz and Leticia Dy-Nicol. With the vision of training competent dermatologists and developing future leaders in the field, they embarked on this endeavor with great enthusiasm and dedication, even if faced with the seemingly insurmountable task of providing good training with no visible source of funding. In 1994 we were graced with a Dermatology office, Conference room & Library. In January 1999 we were acknowledged as a Department and in December 2003, we transferred to the newly built Out-Patient Department, that houses the new Dermatology office which served as the Dermatology Referral Center of Quezon City, as well as the surrounding cities of Metro Manila and Luzon. The Department is presently divided into several units which includes the General Out-Patient Clinic, Contact Dermatitis Clinic, Phototherapy Unit, Dermatologic Surgery Unit and Infectious Dermatology Unit. Consultations are either seen at the out-patient clinic or the hospital wards on a daily basis.

In perseverance to complete the Department’s physical plan and facilities, annual fund raising projects were done. The Department also would conduct regular outreach programs and medical missions as a commitment to serve the people in the different areas within Metro Manila and in provinces nationwide.

As an accredited institution of the Philippine Dermatological Society, the Department is definitely not resting on its laurels; it strives to move on, surpassing difficulties to pursue its teaching goals. On a noble mission, it takes on the challenge with fearless steps and wise discretion guided by its vision of academic excellence and becoming a center for extending exceptional care to its constituents. After all these years, we are proud to say that we have achieved much, all of which have been realized through the spirit of whole-hearted volunteerism. Through hard work and determination, we look forward to the years to come as we slowly witness our dream of having a new DOH-Skin Center unfold before our eyes that would provide the highest quality of dermatologic care to all patients in an atmosphere of compassion and respect, and excellent training ground, in research and in the science and art of Dermatology.



The Department of Dermatology, East Avenue Medical Center is committed to deliver the highest quality of dermatologic care to all patients in an atmosphere of compassion and respect, to provide excellent training, and to pursue relevant research in the science and art of Dermatology.


We aspire to be the best center for Dermatology training, service, and research in the Philippines.


We value Compassion, Integrity, Excellence, Ethics, and Professionalism.



From L-R, top-bottom: Dr. Marielle Villanueva, Dr. Maria Carla Perlas, Dr. Maria Cecilia Ongjoco, Dr. Lily Lyralin Laconico-Tumalad, Dr. Francisco Rivera IV, Dr. Maria Trisha Manlongat-Malahito, Dr. Dee Jay Arcega, Dr. Vilma Pelino, Dr. Elizabeth Prieto, Dr. Ma. Angela Lavadia, Dr. Milali Torres

Ma. Angela M. Lavadia, MD

Elizabeth P. Prieto, MD
Section Adviser

Milali T. Torres, MD
Training Officer

Georgina C. Pastorfide, MD

Marielle M. Villanueva, MD

Dee Jay B. Arcega, MD

Maria Tricia Manlongat-Malahito, MD

Maria Cecilia C. Ongjoco, MD

Vilma O. Pelino, MD

Lily Lyralin D.L. Laconico-Tumalad, MD

Francisco C. Rivera IV, MD

Winlove P. Mojica, MD

Maria Carla C. Perlas, MD

Charlene Marie U. Ang-Tiu, MD

Marcellano S. Cruz, MD
Chairman 2008- March 2012

Monina A. Macam, MD
Chairman Emeritus


Catherine Anne P. Cifra, MD

Lezette C. Mendiola, MD
Jilldah I. Estanislao, MD
Amelia S. Soebyanto, MD

Kirsten Diane G. Dy, MD
Paula R. Sicat-Gabriel, MD
Karen B. Mabilin-Prieto, MD
Hazel Madeleine D. Cappleman-Sia, MD

Patricia Ysabel G. Oreta, MD
Maria Franchesca S. Quinio, MD
Ana Aurelia M. Santos, MD
Jerlyn Maureen P. Servas, MD


A. General Dermatology Out-Patient Clinic
In the General Dermatology Clinic, the residents examine, diagnose and treat patients. Medications, if available, are given for free. The usual top ten cases seen are: dermatophytosis, scabies, acne vulgaris, verruca, allergic contact dermatitis, tinea versicolor, seborrheic dermatitis, hypersensitivity reaction, neurodermatitis and atopic dermatitis.

B. Specialty Clinics

Psoriasis & Phototherapy Clinic
The Phototherapy clinic offers UVB and UVA therapy not only to psoriasis patients but also to those diagnosed with vitiligo, mycoses fungoides, and other responsive skin conditions.

Infectious Diseases Clinic

1. Hansen’s Disease Clinic
This clinic deals with Leprosy cases acquired during childhood and adulthood. Patients usually undergo baseline laboratory examinations like slit skin smear, bacterial index and skin biopsy with Fite-Faraco staining. Free MDT (Multi-Drug Therapy) is likewise given to our patients.

2. Mycology
All fungal infections are diagnosed clinically and confirmed by examinations such as the Potassium Hydroxide Smear and Wood’s lamp. All 2nd year residents are required to attend the yearly mycology courses.

3. Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV-AIDS and Other Bacterial and Viral Infections
Sexually transmitted, non-sexually transmitted and other infectious diseases are recognized and diagnosed. Patients undergo laboratory examinations such as gram stain, culture and sensitivity, Tzanck smear, serologic tests and skin biopsy. Patients are treated according to their needs.

Contact Dermatitis Clinic
Patients presenting with acute or chronic inflammatory reactions to substances are examined and treated. Patch testing is performed when necessary.

Dermatologic Surgery and Procedures
This clinic offers a wide range of procedures such as acne surgery, electrodessication, extraction and excision of both benign and malignant lesions.

For this subspecialty, patients’ slides are studied using the 5-headed microscope. Weekly discussions of the different pathologic patterns by the consultants and residents are done.

Dermatologic Laboratory
The department conducts simple laboratory procedures such as Wood’s lamp, Potassium Hydroxide examination, gram stain, bacterial index, Tzanck smear, Starch Iodine Test, Acetowhitening test and others for confirmation of their dermatologic diagnosis.

C. Support Groups
One of the aims of the department is to treat each patient holistically. With this in mind, the Psoriasis Support Group was launched in the year 2001. We encourage our psoriasis patients to join our Psoriasis club, who meet once a month to discuss the different aspects of their disease. The other support groups are the Eczema Club which meets monthly, while the Hansen’s disease club, established in 2009, meets quarterly. These support groups aim to deal with the psychological, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of coping with the disease.

D. Research Unit
The research unit facilitates the conduct of non-experimental and experimental studies as well as research seminars and workshops. Logbooks, papers and CD’s pertaining to research are filed for use in epidemiologic studies.

E. Outreach Program
The department’s outreach program is conducted as a commitment to serve people. We regularly hold medical missions in the different areas within Metro Manila and in the provinces nationwide.

Mondays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesdays to Fridays 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


East Ave

The East Avenue Medical Center Department of Dermatology is a three year residency training program that aims to produce graduates with excellent clinical knowledge, skills, and also be well-rounded, service-oriented and competent PDS-Certified Dermatologist. At present, many of them are practicing in the different regions of the country, rendering dermatologic services and sharing their expertise with our countrymen in the different regions of the Philippines.

1. An applicant must be conferred the degree of Doctor of Medicine in a reputable Medical School.
2. He/She should have passed the Physicians Licensure Examination given by the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC).
3. Following the Administrative Order No. 29 series 1994 of the Department of Health (DOH), the Department strictly adheres to the issuance that residency training in DOH hospitals are strictly for Filipino citizens. However, according to PDS (September 2, 2012) foreign nationals will be allowed to join the dermatology training program provided that the percentage of foreign residents that an institution may be allowed to accept should not exceed 30% of its total allowable training slots (from 1st to 3rd year) based on previous patient census and number of consultants.
4. He/She should be of good moral character, diligent, hard working with pleasant disposition. He/She should be able to work and perform well even under difficult circumstances. An applicant must be willing to accept share of responsibility and quick to extend help among his/her peers.
5. An applicant should have a well-rounded personality, willing to share one’s talents and skills for the benefit of the department.
6. The applicant must not have completed a training program in any specialty in a government hospital except Pathology, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.
7. He/She must have passed psychological and psychiatric test conducted by the hospital.


  • Personal Data Sheet with 2 pcs passport sized pictures 4:30 PM
  • Application letter addressed to:
    • Hospital Director (Roland L. Cortez, M.D. MHA, CESO IV, CEO VI, Medical Center Chief II)
    • Department Chair (Ma. Angela M. Lavadia, M.D., FPDS)
  • Photocopy of the following (1 piece each)
    • Transcript of Records
    • Diploma
    • Class Ranking
    • Board Rating
    • Certificate of Internship
    • PRC Certificate
    • Letters of Recommendation from two (2) medical school professors (original)
    • Essay:
      • “Why did you choose to apply at East Avenue Medical Center?”
      • “Why do you want to become a dermatologist?

**Submit the above documents in a long brown envelope with:
Full name (use black permanent marker) on upper left side
Passport sized picture pasted on upper right side of envelope

***The following will be required prior to acceptance into the residency program:
Psychological examination
Philippine Medical Association Membership (Good Standing)


3rd Floor New OPD Building
East Avenue Medical Center
Phone Number: 710-0957
Email address: eamcderma@yahoo.com

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