Philippine Dermatological Society

Rizal Medical Center – Department of Dermatology



To promote servant leadership, provide compassionate service, practice ethical and clinical competence through training and produce socially relevant research and advocacy in dermatology.


To become the preferred end-referral center for Dermatology in Eastern NCR and Calabarzon by 2022.


Dermatology at Rizal Medical Center (RizalMed) started as a Section of the Department of Internal Medicine in 1985, with Dr. Pio Raymundo Tantiongco as the sole consultant dermatologist who saw patients at a specific day and time in one of the subspecialty rooms of the Out-Patient Department. He stayed in RizalMed from 1985-1993 until Dr. Carmela Reyes took over the position from 1994-2006. And in 2007, Dr. Francisco D. Rivera IV assumed the role as Head of the Section of Dermatology up to the present time. With his dream of turning the section to a full-grown department, Dr. Rivera invited other dermatology consultants mostly with subspecialties and who are board-certified members of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) to join and help him with this daunting task. Finally, in July of 2017, this dream turned into a reality with the birth of the Department of Dermatology of Rizal Medical Center.


In March 2017, RizalMed was designated by the Department of Health (DOH) to be one of the regional end-referral centers in Dermatology during the time the Rizal Integrated Health System was started. Presently, there are several hospitals that have an inherent working clinical network with RizalMed (e.g. Taguig-Pateros Hospital, Pasig City General Hospital, Pasig City Children’s Hospital (Hope Medical Center), Angono General Hospital, Morong General Hospital, The New Rizal Provincial Hospital in Binangonan, Tanay General Hospital, Antipolo Community Hospital, etc.). Majority of these patients come from its catchment areas that include Rizal province, its surrounding cities and municipalities. There are also patients coming from other distant provinces as far as Laguna and Batangas.


With this extensive clinical network to serve, the department has focused on three (3) main objectives: A. Capacity building B. Improvement of its Service Delivery Network (SDN) and lastly, C. Perfection of its work flow processes. Crucial and integral to the accomplishment of these objectives is having its very own Skin Center that is located in the newly built 3rd floor extension of the Out-Patient Department. This Skin Center is envisioned to be a Center for Excellence housed by trained multi-specialists in dermatology and other associated medical disciplines offering a wide range of dermatological services complete with state of the art diagnostic modalities and therapeutic interventions. Likewise, one of the strategies of the department is the creation of disease- focused centers with the aim of providing leadership and best clinical practices based on research and training for a focus area. The following are the centers that we have started and plan to continue to develop: Psoriasis Center, Eczema and Allergy Center, Infectious Dermatology and Leprosy Center, Center for Immunoblistering Diseases, Center for Cosmetic and Procedural Dermatology, Dermatological Surgery Center, Teledermatology Center, Center for Hair and Nail Diseases, Center for Dermatological Diagnostics and Laboratories, Photodermatology Unit and Center for Dermatological Research.



Francisco DC. Rivera IV, MD, FPDS

Residency Training Officer , Dermatopathology, Sexually Transmitted Infections

Maria Katherina Lat Herrin, MD, FPDS


Assistant to the Chair, Contact Dermatitis, Environmental and Occupational Dermatology, Head of the Eczema and Allergy Center

Cecilia Roxas-Rosete, MD, FPDS

Head of Basic and Advanced Dermatologic Surgery (Mohs) Unit Head

Charlene Marie Ang-Tiu, MD, FPDS

Head of Procedural/Cosmetic Dermatology Unit

Ma. Cristina A. Puyat, MD, FPDS

General Dermatology, Research Coordinator – Epidemiologist, Head of Teledermatology Unit, Institutional Review Board Member, Community Epidemiology

Jacqueline Michelle D. Melendres, MD, FPDS

Dermatopathology, Head of Dermatopathology Unit

Mary Elizabeth S. Danga, MD, FDSP-PDS

Research Officer, Research Coordinator – Clinical Trials, General Dermatology, Institutional Review Board Member

Czarina P. Chavez, MD, DipClinRes, FPDS

Visiting Consultant, Pediatric Dermatology

Camelia Faye R. Tuazon, MD, FPDS

Medical Officer IV, Head of Community Dermatology, General Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Teledermatology

Danielle Nicolle D. Mejia, MD, DPDS

Assistant Training Officer, General Dermatology, Administrative Officer (Quality Management Services)

Mary Charmaine G. Castillo, MD, FPDS

Infectious Dermatology, Leprosy, Head of the Leprosy Hub

Abelaine Venida-Tablizo, MD, FPDS

Administrative Officer (Quality Management Services), Head of Anti-Red Tape Authority

Alma Gay Concepcion Tavanlar-Amado, MD, MHM, MBA, FPDS

General Dermatology, Dermatological Lasers

Christene Pearl Fernandez-Arandia, MD, FPDS

General Dermatology, Head of Dermatological Laser Unit, Administrative Officer (Quality Management Services)

Katrina Angela Z. Reyes, MD, FPDS

General Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Sexually Transmitted Infections

Cleopatra Patricia G. Guieb, MD, FPDS

Medical Officer IV, Administrative Officer, General Dermatology

Catherine Anne Cifra-Kim, MD, DPDS

Medical Officer IV, Clinical Research Fellow

Jennifer Lavina T. Ngo, MD, DPDS

Head of Rheumatologic-Dermatology Clinic

Rogelio A. Balagat, MD, FPCP, FPDS, FPRA

Head of Blistering Diseases Clinic, Head of Hair and Nail Clinic, Contact Dermatitis

Mae Ramirez-Quizon, MD, FPDS

General Dermatology, Dermatoethics and Professionalism

Jamie P. Nuñez, MD, FPDS

Photodermatology, Head of the Psoriasis Center

Lily Lyralin Laconico-Tumalad, MD, FPDS

Head of Photodermatology Unit

Patricia Anne Ty-Tinio, MD, FPDS


Maria Isabel Beatriz Puno-Gomez, MD, FDSP-PDS

Medical Officer IV, General Dermatology, Dermatopharmacology and Compounding

Maria Isabel Beatriz Puno-Gomez, MD, FDSP-PDS

Medical Officer IV, Administrative Officer, General Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Infections

Maria Sharlene Pelino-Temblique, MD, FPDS


Third Years

Chief Resident

Arbie Sofia P. Merilleno, MD

Assistant Chief Resident for Internals

Tina Elaine M. Resuello, MD

Deputy Chief Resident for Externals

Sheehan Mae. A. Tolentino, RPh, MD

Second Years

Ivy S. Cagulada, MD

Bernadette B. Iglesia, MD

Wendilyn B. Mejia, MD

Dana Andrea D. Nery, MD

Jonella Jean F. Nicolas, MD

Florteresa G. Ollero

First Years

Marie Nikki B. Balgomera, MD

Jobelline Mae C. Fernandez, MD

Nicolette F. Nuñez, MD

Ma. Bernadette Beatrize L. Paredes, MD

Agustin Miguel P. Soriano, MD


Nursing and Administrative Staff

Don M. Bolire, RN

Arthur Joseph D. Cardenas, RN

Imelda G. Sadioa

John Loue D. Diocampo


General Dermatology


Leprosy Hub

Skin slit smear

G6PD Assay

Eczema and Allergy Center

Patch test (80 haptens)

Autoimmune Blistering Disease (Immunodermatology Clinic)

ELISA (BP180, BP230, Dsg1, Dsg3, Collagen Type VII)

Direct Immunofluorescence (IgG, IgM, IgA, C3, Fibrinogen)

Pigment Clinic


Pharmacy Compounding Facility

Dermatology Laboratory Facility (in development)

KOH Smear

H&E Stain

Gram Stain, Culture and Sensitivity

Giemsa Stain

Periodic Acid Schiff Stain

Acid Fast Stain

Immunohistochemical Stains (CD1a, CD3, CD4, CD8, CD20, CD31, CD68, S100, Melan A)

Aesthetic Dermatology Clinic

Intralesional triamcinolone injection


Electrodessication and curettage

Acne surgery

Incision and drainage

Extraction of milia and molluscum lesions

Chemical peels


Botulinum toxin injection


Psoriasis Center

Biologic injections

Phototherapy (please see phototherapy)

Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center

Wound Management Center (in development)


Laser and Light Facility

Pulsed Dye Laser

Phototherapy Unit

Phototherapy (NB-UVB, UVA, Comb NB-UVB, Hand and Foot UV-B)

Rheumatoid Factor

Rheumadermatology Clinic


RPR (Qualitative)


HACT Screening

Hair and Nail Clinic

Nail surgery/Ungiectomy

Dermatologic Surgery Facility (Mohs Surgery)

Skin biopsy (Punch, shave, excision)

Excision of moles and cutaneous tumors

Mohs surgery

Skin flaps and grafts

Other Services

Superficial Radiotherapy – for keloids, pre-malignant lesions and malignant lesions

Skin and Soft Tissue Ultrasound – for diagnosing and visualization of tumors

Other Services

Psoriasis Club

Hansen’s Disease Club

Eczema Club


Details for applying into residency training (Requirements)

Applications for residency training open annually. Announcements pertaining to the annual deadlines are disseminated through the department Facebook page. Inquiries may be addressed to


The applicants must submit to the Chief of Medical Professional Staff (CMPS) Office, eight copies (1 original and 7 photocopies) each of the following:


1. Handwritten application letter addressed to Maria Rica M. Lumague, MD, FPCS, MHA, Medical Center Chief II thru, Roel Tito A. Marcial, MD, FPCS, FPSGS, Chief of Medical Professional Staff II.


2. Properly accomplished and typewritten Personal Data Sheet (PDS), printed back to back on long bond paper. This form is downloadable at Latest passport size photo with white background and signature over printed name.


3. Authenticated certified true copy of PRC Board Rating and PRC ID License


4. Curriculum vitae


5. Certified true copy of Transcript of Records


6. Certified true copy of Medical School Diploma


7. Class Standing


Skin Center,

3rd Floor, Outpatient Department Building

Rizal Medical Center

Pasig Boulevard, Pasig City 1600


E-mail address:

Trunkline: 02) 8865 8400

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