Philippine Dermatological Society

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine



Conduct high-quality multidisciplinary research, surveillance and training, improve, clinical care and develop and produce biological for the prevention and control of infectious, tropical and dermatological diseases.

We are committed to offer a well-balanced training program among our residents and expect to produce strong-willed, resolute and devoted leaders among our consultant staff and residents in Dermatology. We aspire to deliver sound dermatological health care to our patients through training, service and research, provide opportunities for academic and professional advancement and further encourage subspecialization in the field of dermatology. We pledge to extend unconditional services to our less fortunate brothers in the community.


Lead center of excellence for infectious and tropical diseases in the Philippines.

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 subspecialization in dermatology.
  • Collaboration
    • 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.

As of 2019, the program has produced 139 graduates with 100% passing rate in the Dermatology Specialty Board Examinations


Department Chair, Leprosy Unit Head

Ma. Teresita G. Gabriel, MD, FPDS

Residency Training Officer,

Phototherapy Unit Head

Leilani R. Senador, MD. FPDS

Head, Contact Dermatitis Unit

Head, Quality Assurance

Ricky H. Hipolito, MD, FPDS

Head, Dermatologic Surgery Unit

Alexander R. Castillo, MD, FPDS

Adviser, Research Unit

Gracia B. Teodosio, MD, FPDS

Head, Immunodermatology Unit

Clarisse G. Mendoza, MD, FPDS

Head, Pediatric Dermatology Unit

Head, Research Unit

Gisella U. Adasa, MD, FPDS

Head, Dermatopathology Unit

Johannes F. Dayrit, MD, FPDS, FDSP

Consultant, Cosmetic Dermatology Unit

Marie Socouer M. Oblepias, MD, FPDS

Head, Sexually Transmitted Infections Unit

Emmerson Gale S. Vista, MD, FPDS, FPSV

Head, Cosmetic Dermatology Unit

Evangeline B. Handog, MD, FPDS

Consultant, Dermatologic Surgery Unit

Reynaldo L. Ugalde, MD, FPDS

Consultant, Photodermatology Unit

Luella Joy A. Escueta – Alcos, MD, FPDS

Consultant, Dermatologic Surgery Unit

Kristy Elleza R. Evangelista, MD, FPDS


Third Year Residents

Aira Monica R. Abella, MD

Ma. Carmela P. Bucoy, MD

Ana Veronica A. Lagman, MD

Ma. Milagros Socorro M. Limchoc, MD

Isabel G. Palabyab, MD

Nicole R. Rivera, MD

Danielle Marlo R. Senador, MD

Kristen Therese A. Whaley, MD

Second 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

First 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

Department activities

Clinical Case review (bimonthly)

Research Hour (monthly)

Journal Club (monthly)

Kodachrome (monthly)

Clinicopathologic Conference (monthly)

Dermatopathology Slide Readings (weekly)

Dermoscopy/Pediatric Dermatology Review (monthly)

Cosmetic Dermatology/Laser Procedures Lectures (monthly)

Dermatologic Surgery Workshop (monthly)

International Webcast Lecture Series (monthly)

Hansen’s Disease and Common Skin Diseases Workshop (semi-annual)

Hansen’s Disease Club Lay Fora (quarterly)

Psoriasis Club Meetings (semi-annual)

Atopic Dermatitis Club Meetings (semi-annual)

Bullous Club Meetings (semi-annual)


Dermatology Consultations: Monday – Friday


KOH smear
Wound Gram Stain & Culture and Sensitivity
TB culture
Fungal Culture
Tzanck Smear
Acid Fast Smear (AFS) / Slit Skin Smear (SSS)
Dermatopathology Reading
Direct Immunofluorescence Reading
Patch Testing

Cosmetic Dermatology

Acne Surgery


Intralesional Steroid Injection

Chemical Peels

Bonta and Fillers


Narrowband and Broadband UVB Phototherapy

Targeted Narrowband UVB Phototherapy


Dermatologic Surgery, Lasers, and Energy Based Devices

Biopsy (Skin Punch, Shave, Excision)

Nail Avulsion

CO2 Laser

Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser



RITM Clubs

Hansen’s Disease Club

Psoriasis Club

Bullous Club

Atopic Club

RITM – Residency



  • The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s Dermatology Residency Program has produced 155 graduates as of 2021.

    The three-year residency program has the residents rotate in various areas of the department, supervised by specialized PDS Board certified dermatologists, including the Hansen’s Disease Unit, Phototherapy Unit, Dermatopathology Unit, Immunodermatology Unit, Pediatric Dermatology Clinic, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic, Contact Dermatitis Clinic, and the Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Unit.

    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.


  • Personal Data Sheet with two (2) 2×2 identification pictures
  • Letter of application addressed to:
    • Ma. Teresita G. Gabriel, MD, FPDS
      Department Chair, Department of Dermatology
    • Leilani R. Senador, MD, FPDS
      Training Officer, Department of Dermatology
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Doctor of Medicine Diploma
  • Class Ranking
  • Transcript of Records
  • Board rating
  • Certificate of eligibility from the Professional Regulation Commission
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement which includes hobbies, interests, talents and reason(s) for applying in your own personal hand writing (to be written 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. Joland A. San Juan at 8809-7599 local 424 or via email at

Deadline for complete submission of requirements for residency period 2022-2024 is on September 30, 2021


Reasearch 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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