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.
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
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
Dermatology Consultations: Monday – Friday
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.
CLARISSE G. MENDOZA, MD, FPDS
Training Officer, Department of Dermatology
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For further inquiries, interested applicants may contact Dr. Frances Alarilla at 8809-7599 local 424 or via email at email@example.com.
Applicants will be informed by text message of the date and time of the entrance exam.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org