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Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

Mission - Vision


The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine Department of Dermatology, as an apex or end referral facility is committed to provide advanced comprehensive clinical services; serves as a facility for specialty and subspecialty training; and capable of conducting multi-center clinical, public health, and operations research at the sub national or regional level.


To become a national end referral facility with a high level of expertise in clinical services, teaching and training, and research largely focusing on leprosy and other infectious dermatologic and tropical diseases by 2028 in congruence with the strategic directions of the mother institution.

Core Values

  • Commitment
    We are committed in providing a holistic training program and to produce competent and devoted leaders among our consultant staff and residents.
  • Compassion
    We aim to extend unconditional services to our less fortunate brothers in the community.
  • Professionalism
    We commit to deliver quality dermatological health care services through training and research in the various sub specialization in dermatology.
    • Collaboration
    o We work with other PDS institutions, hospitals, communities and government agencies and institutions to provide excellent dermatologic health care.


The RITM section of Dermatology was established in 1992 with Dr. Gertrude Chan as its founding Chairperson, Dr. Ma. Teresita Gabriel as RTO and Dr. Ma. Luisa Venida as consultant. The program was eventually given full accreditation by the Philippine Society of Cutaneous Medicine (PSCM) in 1993.

In its early years, the dermatology outpatient department shared an office, conference room and laboratory with the RITM Infectious Research division. At that time clinics are held three times with the rest of the week used for didactics, grand rounds and dermatopathology reading.

The section eventually was given a separate building in 2002 to accommodate the number of patients and improve the services that it provides. OPD consultation then became daily. The Section became a Department in 2011. Over the years, the number of patients increased and currently, 100-150 patients are seen daily at the Dermatology OPD. The Dermatology Department is the national referral hub for leprosy and is in close coordination and communication with the National Leprosy Control Program, DOH for its various activity and researches on leprosy.

Consultant Staff 2023

Department Chair

Leilani R. Senador, MD, FPDS

Residency Training Officer
Head, Immunodermatology Unit

Clarisse G. Mendoza, MD, FPDS

Head, Leprosy Unit

Ma. Teresita G. Gabriel, MD, FPDS

Head, Cosmetic Dermatology Unit

Evangeline B. Handog, MD, FPDS

Head, Dermatologic Surgery Unit

Alexander R. Castillo, MD, FPDS

Head, Community Dermatology Unit

Reynaldo L. Ugalde, MD, FPDS

Head, Hair and Nail Unit

Gracia B. Teodosio, MD, FPDS

Head, Laser Unit
Marie Socouer M. Oblepias, MD, FPDS

Head, Sexually Transmitted Infections Unit
Emmerson Gale S. Vista, MD, FPDS, FPSV

Head, Contact Dermatitis Unit
Head, Quality Assurance
Consultant, Research Unit

Ricky H. Hipolito, MD, FPDS

Head, Pediatric Dermatology Unit
Head, Research Unit

Gisella U. Adasa, MD, FPDS

Head, Photodermatology Unit

Luella Joy A. Escueta – Alcos, MD, FPDS

Head, Dermatopathology Unit

Catherine T. Go-Teodosio, MD, FPDS, FDSP

Consultant, Dermatopathology Unit

Johannes F. Dayrit, MD, FPDS, FDSP

Consultant, Dermatopathology Unit

Maria Franchesca Quinio – Calayag, MD, FPDS, FDSP

Resident Staff

Third Year Residents

Frances Beatrice L. Alarilla, MD
Erwin John R. Aquino, MD
Ma. Desiree Hannah C. Garcia, MD
Loren Ann Cole C. Magpantay, MD
Ma. Fatima Lourdes Omangayon, MD
Ma. Bianca Therese Relova-Haresco, MD

Second Year Residents

Daniel Brian G. Cabugao, MD
Alexis G. De las Alas, MD
Nagatoshi M. Ebisawa, MD
Angeli Elaine A. Pangilinan, MD
Danelle Anne L. Santos, MD
Christine Lyka R. Sayson, MD
Mary Rae Kate A. Villamin, MD

First Year Residents

First row, L-R: Anne Fay A. Alvañiz, MD; Majarael O. Del Villar, MD; Rio Mae T. Gabriel, MD; Emanuel F. Gatdula, MD

Second row, L-R: Jennifer C. Li, MD; Krystel Angela A. Olano, MD; Anikka Mae Crystal E. Ollet, MD; Bianca Victoria C. Peña, MD

Department Activities

  • Weekly Conferences
  • Examinations
  • Research Hour
  • Journal Club
  • Kodachrome
  • Clinicopathologic Conference
  • Dermatopathology Slide Readings and Lectures
  • Hair and Nail Lectures
  • Dermoscopy Lectures
  • Pediatric Dermatology Lectures
  • Cosmetic Dermatology/Laser Procedures
  • Dermatologic Surgery Workshop
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Lectures
  • Vesiculobullous and Immunodermatology Lectures
  • Community Dermatology and Medical Missions
  • Hansen’s Disease and Common Skin Diseases Workshop

Services Offered

Dermatology Consultations: Monday – Friday


  • KOH smear
  • Wound Gram Stain & Culture and Sensitivity
  • TB culture
  • Fungal Culture
  • Tzanck Smear
  • PCR
  • Acid Fast Smear (AFS) / Slit Skin Smear (SSS)
  • Wood’s Lamp Examination
  • Dermoscopy
  • Dermatopathology Reading
  • ELISA (BP 180, BP 230, Dsg1, Dsg 3)
  • Direct Immunofluorescence (IgG, IgM, IgA, C3, Fibrinogen)
  • Patch Testing



  • Cosmetic Dermatology
    • Acne Surgery
    • Extraction
    • Intralesional Steroid Injection
    • Chemical Peels
    • Botox and Fillers
    • Sclerotherapy
  • Dermatologic Surgery, Lasers, and Energy Based Devices
    • Biopsy (Skin Punch, Shave, Excision)
    • Excision of benign and malignant cutaneous tumors
    • Extraction of milia and molluscum lesions
    • Electrodessication and Curettage
    • Nail Avulsion
    • CO2 Laser
    • Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser
    • Diode
    • Radiofrequency
    • Cryotherapy
  • Phototherapy
    • Narrowband and Broadband UVB Phototherapy
    • Targeted Narrowband UVB Phototherapy


RITM Clubs

  • Hansen’s Disease Club
  • Psoriasis Club
  • Bullous Club
  • Atopic Club

Residency Program

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s Dermatology Residency Program has produced 164 graduates as of 2022.

The Dermatology Training Program of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, which began in 1993, is an accredited general dermatology training program by the Philippine Dermatological Society. The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, being a National Specialty Center for Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine, rotates the residents in the Adult and Pediatric Infectious Disease wards, as well as the HIV and Animal Bite Clinics. It is also designated as an Advanced Comprehensive Dermatology Center by the Department of Health. We invite doctors from the provinces to train with us in order to give back and serve the underprivileged in their respective hometowns.


  1. Letter of application addressed to:
    Department Chair, Department of Dermatology

    Training Officer, Department of Dermatology

  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. 2 x 2 picture
  4. Doctor of Medicine Diploma
  5. Class Ranking
  6. Transcript of Records
  7. Board Rating
  8. Certificate (of eligibility) from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  9. Three letters of recommendation
  10. Personal statement including hobbies, interests, talents, and reason(s) for applying in your own personal handwriting (personal statement form found on the application form)

Interested applicants may submit their requirements at the Dermatology Building of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Research Drive, Alabang, Muntinlupa from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday to Friday, except Holidays or via email at

For further inquiries, interested applicants may contact Dr. Frances Alarilla at 8809-7599 local 424 or via email at

Applicants will be informed by text message of the date and time of the entrance exam.

Contact Details

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine,
Department of Dermatology
DOH Compound, Filinvest Corporate City,
Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Tel. No. 842-6282

Mobile No. 0927-679-4107

Email address:

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