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Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center

Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center

About Us

Under the sound guidance of the former department chairs, Dr. Ma. Luisa Abad-Venida (1986-1998), Dr. Lillian Lopez-Villafuerte (1999-2001), Dr. Jesusa Barcelona-Tan (2002-2004), Dr. Elizabeth Amelia Tianco (2005-2006), Dr. Agnes Espinoza-Thaebtharm (2007-2012), and the leadership of the current chair, Dr. Ma. Flordeliz Abad-Casintahan (2013-present), and the other consultants Dr. Zharlah Gulmatico-Flores, , Dr. Melanie Joy Doria-Ruiz, Dr. Daisy King-Ismael, Dr. Kara Melissa Torres-Culala, Dr. Ma. Eleanor Cathryn DR. Salonga, Dr. Ma. Cricelda Rescober-Valencia, Dr. Elaine Marie Gutierrez-Villaroman, Dr. Andrea Marie Bernales-Mendoza, Dr. Elisa Rae Coo-Tan, Dr. Ron Michael P. Dagala, Dr. Katherine Joy Sayo-Aguiling, Dr. Deo Adiel F. Wong, Dr. Ma. Christina B. Gulfan, and Dr. Matilde Krisha P. Montenegro, the JRRMMC Department of Dermatology continues to accomplish its function in the government in providing expert care for patients suffering from skin diseases by training competent dermatologists. It offers quality services to a wide array of patients, providing more than 30,000 consultations every year. With an internationally trained consultant roster, and a complete set of subspecialty rotations (Infectious Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Contact and Occupational Dermatitis, Photodermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, and Pediatric Dermatology) available to residents-in-training, the department has placed itself at the forefront in the fields of research, both locally and internationally, and academics. The Dermatopathology Fellowship program was accredited by the PDS on February 2015. In addition, the Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship program is currently on its 5th year and was just recently accredited by the PDS. These fellowship programs provide a step up in training competent and responsible future dermatopathologists and dermatologic surgeons.


To provide the highest quality of dermatological care and services, and to promote excellent training and research in dermatology.


To be an internationally recognized center for dermatological services, training and research.

Core Values: We, the staff of the Department of Dermatology, value INTEGRITY, COMPETENCE, and PROFESSIONALISM.

Physical Plant

The Department of Dermatology is a 2-storey complex consisting of Clinical Dermatology Clinic, Infectious Disease Clinic, Contact Dermatitis and Allergy, Occupational and Environmental Dermatology Clinic, Psoriasis Clinic, Photodermatology Unit, Dermatopathology Unit and Dermatologic Surgery Unit. It is also equipped with its own multimedia conference room, computer room, library and histopathology, infectious and immunodermatology laboratory.


The Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Department of Dermatology, is one of the oldest training institutions in Dermatology. Its origins date back to 1956, when it was first recognized as the SKIN & TUMOR CLINIC of the San Lazaro Hospital and later as the LEPROSY RESEARCH & TRAINING SERVICE (LRTS) Division of the Sanitaria of the Bureau of Disease Control. In 1975, the office of the Minister of Health realized the need for health care providers to be more exposed to other dermatologic diseases. Dr. Perpetua D. Reyes-Javier then solicited the help of Dr. Lourdes Romualdez for the creation of the DERMATOLOGY RESEARCH & TRAINING SERVICE (DRTS) and a proclamation converted LRTS to DRTS with Dr. Romualdez as its director, assisted by Dr. Javier. The DRTS handled dermatology and leprosy cases in Metro Manila and nationwide and offered in-service program for graduates, which was equivalent to that of a residency training program in dermatology. DRTS, however, was abolished during the People Power Revolution in 1986. Consequently, the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center (JRRMMC) absorbed the defunct DRTS and renamed it as its DEPARTMENT OF DERMATOLOGY. That same year, Dr. Javier retired and Dr. Ma. Luisa Abad-Venida took over as Officer-in-Charge. In 1988, under the leadership of Dr. Venida, the JRRMMC Dermatology Residency Program was accorded recognition by the Philippine Society of Aesthetic Medicine (PSAM), later known as the Philippine Society of Cutaneous Medicine Inc. (PSCM). In 1990, three fellows of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), Dr. Jesusa Barcelona-Tan, Dr. Lillian Lopez-Villafuerte, and Dr. Elizabeth Amelia V. Tianco, joined the consultant staff and in the same year, the residency program was formally accredited by the PDS.

Consultant Staff


Ma. Flordeliz Abad-Casintahan, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Vice-Chairman and Training Officer

Zharlah Gulmatico-Flores, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Research Coordinator

Melanie Joy Doria-Ruiz, M.D., F.P.D.S.


Ma. Luisa Abad-Venida, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Agnes Espinoza-Thaebtharm, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Lillian Lopez-Villafuerte, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Elizabeth Amelia V. Tianco, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Daisy King-Ismael, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Kara Melissa Torres-Culala, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Ma. Eleanor Cathryn DR. Salonga, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Ma. Cricelda Rescober-Valencia, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Elaine Marie Gutierrez-Villaroman, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Andrea Marie Bernales-Mendoza, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Elisa Rae Coo, M.D., F.P.D.S.

Ron Michael P. Dagala, M.D., D.P.D.S.

Katherine Joy Sayo-Aguiling M.D., D.P.D.S.

Deo Adiel F. Wong, MD, D.P.D.S.

Ma. Christina B. Gulfan, MD, D.P.D.S.

Matilde Krisha P. Montenegro, MD, D.P.D.S.


Zacaria B. Pario, Jr. M.D., D.P.D.S. Dermatopathology
Raisa Celine R. Rosete, M.D., D.P.D.S. Dermatologic Surgery

Resident Staff

Chief Resident

Cathlyn Marie Cortez, M.D.

Assistant Chief Resident

Aliza J. Garcia, M.D.

OPD Chief Resident

Rizia E. Margate, M.D.

Third Years

Katrina D. Olitoquit, M.D.

Melissa Rinne V. See, M.D.

Abigail Angeline N. Rubiano, M.D., D.P.P.S.

Second Years

Maria Korina A. Dakis, M.D.

Sharmaine H. Lozano, M.D.

Sean Neil G. Ligsay, M.D.

Jonnie Rose Louise R. Wee, M.D.

Kristina R. Jolejole, M.D.

Inna Blanca J. Caimol, M.D.

First Years

Roger Carlo P. Pineda, M.D.

Marie Everild Bernadine H. Nazal, M.D.

Angeli Carina Lahoz, M.D.

Karen Andrea D. Cadacio, M.D.

Rochelle Gabrielle G. Galvez, M.D.

Gabrielle Nicole D. Mendoza, M.D.

Michaela Gabrielle G. Guieb, M.D.
Aimee Cara B.Vergara, M.D.

Services Offered

Dermatologic Surgery


Botulinum toxin



CO2 laser

ND:Yag laser



Chemical peels: glycolic acid, TCA, SSA


Acne surgery



Incision and drainage

Mohs surgery



IL injection

Infectious Disease Clinic

Slit skin smear and acid fast smear


Fungal culture

Tzanck smear

Acarus test

Pre- and post-test counseling for HIV

Psoriasis Clinic

Psoriasis specialty clinic

Psoriasis Club

Contact Dermatitis and Allergy, Occupational and Environmental Dermatology Clinic

Patch test





Direct Immunofluorescence




Biopsy reading

Special stains




Hand and foot phototherapy

Excimer laser

Residency Program

Residency Requirements

  • Handwritten letter of application addressed to:
    • Emmanuel F. Montaña Jr., MD, Medical Center Chief II, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
  • Two (2) passport-size pictures (preferably colored, on a white background)
  • Medical school transcript of records, class ranking and general weighted average from dean/college secretary, certificate of internship training
  • PRC board rating and PRC certificate/diploma
  • Service record of previous employment if any (xerox copy)
  • Updated certification of good moral character from two (2) persons/officials of integrity
  • Birth certificate from National Statistics Office
  • Completely filled up Personal Data Sheet (obtained from the Training Office)

Fellowship training offered for Dermatopathology and Dermatologic Surgery

Requirements for Fellows:

  • Applicants must have successfully completed a PDS-accredited dermatology program, or anatomic and clinical pathology program located in the Philippines
  • Non-resident fellows/foreigners:
    • Must have completed a residency training program in dermatology or anatomic and clinical pathology
    • Certification of training by a committee


Start of training period:

  • January (Residency and Fellowship Programs)


Duration of training period:

  • 3 years (Residency Program)
  • 1 year (Fellowship Program)

Contact Details

Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center
Department of Dermatology
Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila

Tel. No. 711-9491 to 98 local 336 / 711-6703

Email address:

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