Philippine Dermatological Society

Skin Cancer Foundation, Inc.


Mission, Vision

SCFI aims to train graduates to become well-balanced, ethical, compassionate Dermatologists; who will be excellent clinicians, academicians, researchers, and teachers, as well as caring, and community-minded individuals.


In 1984, four U.S.-trained Dermatologists: Dr. Vermen M. Verallo (Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Diplomate U.S.A. Dermatology Boards), Dr. Judy Y. Cuaso (University of Pennsylvania, Diplomate, Dermatology, USA), Dr. Manuel O. Fernandez Jr. (Temple University, Pennsylvania, board-eligible US Dermatology Boards) and Dr. Sylvia S. Jacinto (New York University-Bellevue Medical Center, board-eligible, US Dermatology Boards) formed the Skin and Cancer Foundation, Inc. with the vision to train provincial candidates in order to place well-trained Dermatologists all over the Philippines to practice in the underserved areas.


The Skin and Cancer Foundation, Inc. (SCFI) was the second approved program for Dermatology residency of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS). It is one of now 11 approved Dermatology residency programs of the PDS. Since then, SCFI has placed almost 200 graduates all over the Philippines including Mindanao, with almost half of its graduates practicing in the provinces, while the rest in Metro Manila teach in the Residency program of SCFI gratis. SCFI has also expanded its vision to train other Asian medical graduates to help the Philippines achieve a reputation as a good training center for Dermatology in Southeast Asia.




Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell, MD

President and Executive Officer, Chairman Emeritus

Sylvia S. Jacinto, MD


Manuel O. Fernandez, Jr., MD


Virginia S. Ramos


Judy Y. Cuaso, MD

Residency Training Officer

Ma. Jasmin J. Jamora, MD, FPDS


Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell, MD

Assistant Residency Training Officer

Nicole T. Yu, MD, FPDS

Section Heads


Dr. Ma. Jasmin J. Jamora

Contact Dermatitis

Dr. Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell


Dr. Stephanie Katalbas-Asi, MD, FPDS


Dr. Vermen M. Verallo-Rowell

Dermatologic Surgery

Dr. Krisinda Dim-Jamora


Dr. Ma. Jasmin J. Jamora

Pediatric Dermatology

Dr. Elizabeth Sanchez, MD, FPDS


Dr. Antonio C. Sison

Cosmetic Dermatology

Dr. Beverly Ong


Dr. Nicole Yu

Dr. Gaile Robredo-Vitas

Dr. Jonathan Yu

Dr. Genevieve Chi-De Guzman

Active Consultants

Arlene Abella-Sauna, MD, FPDS

Terese Aquino, MD, DPDS

Ma. Julieta Arambulo, MD, DPDS

Desiree Bautisa, MD, FPDS

Katrina Belen, MD, FPDS

Vanessa Bernal, MD, FPDS

Hildegarde Cabrera, MD, FPDS

Genevieve Chi-De Guzman, MD, FPDS

Catherine Chong, MD, FPDS

Niño Catambay, MD, FPDS

Judy Cuaso, MD, FPDS

John Dellariarte, MD, FPDS

Krisinda Dim-Jamora, MD, FPDS

Ma. Teresa Dimagiba, MD, FPDS

Janice Escobar-Almeda, MD, FPDS

Pamela Huang, MD, FPDS

Sylvia Jacinto, MD, FPDS

Ma. Jasmin Jamora, MD, FPDS

Stephanie Katalbas-Asi, MD, FPDS

Sharon Lim, MD, FPDS

Francine Lu-Echiverri, MD, FPDS

Paola Lorenzo, MD, DPDS

Patricia Mabanta, MD, DPDS

Yolanda Obieta, MD, FPDS

Beverly Ong-Amoranto, MD, FPDS

Neil Oropeza, MD, FPDS

Charlene Palafox, MD, DPDS

Ma. Riza Pecache, MD, FPDS

Jenlan Que, MD, DPDS

Claudine Ramos, MD, DPDS

Irene Gaile Robredo-Vitas, MD, FPDS

Danilo Rodriguez, MD, FPDS

Reine Rodriguez, MD, FPDS

Elizabeth Sanchez, MD, FPDS

Corrine Sison-De Jesus, MD, DPDS

Vermen Verallo-Rowell, MD, FPDS

Gilbert Yang, MD, FPDS

Arnold Yu, MD, FPDS

Nicole Yu, MD, FPDS

Visiting Consultants

Julieta Arambulo, MD, FPDS

Desiree Bautista, MD

Lito Baluyot, MD

Paz Beleno, MD

Magdalena Chua, MD

Michael Chua, MD

Edeleen Chua, MD

Michael Cruz, MD

Janice Cuaso-Cruz, MD

Genevieve Chi-De Guzman, MD

Jennie Diaz, MD

Enrizza Pua-Factor, MD

Michelle Jarin, MD

Yolanda Obieta, MD

Jeni Pua, MD

Reine Rodriguez, MD

Janelle Cuaso-Tan, MD

Jonathan Yu, MD

Nellie Yu, MD


Chief Residents

Mikiko L. Yamanaka, MD

Princess Xenia E. Agduma, MD

Third Year Residents

Princess Xenia E. Agduma, MD

Aizlynn Anne J. Robledo, MD

Mikiko L. Yamanaka, MD

Joan Marie L. Zulaybar, MD


Second Year Residents

Janine Bianca M. Acoba, MD

Fendi EJ R. Bautista, MD

Cherie Ann M. Calisin, MD

Iris Zara S. Jao, MD

Pamela G. Sogono, MD

Niña Janelle T. Young, MD

First Year Residents

Mary Ann R. Briones, MD

Jerraine A. Pangilinan, MD

Sharmaine Michelle M. Reyes, MD

Eian Christian A. Sy, MD



The Skin and Cancer Foundation, Inc. Dermatology Residency Program offers a unique combination of traditional training by managing patients in charity clinics supervised by faculty staff, as well as early exposure to preceptorship with master Dermatologists. This empowers the resident with the best and the latest therapeutic innovations. Dermatology, being a highly visual skill as well as an art in practice, the close supervision by preceptors and one-to-one teaching is a powerful tool that gives the resident a good sense of the holistic approach to Dermatology practice.

Dermatology training is organized into three separate rotations, each led by a senior resident. All teams spend approximately 4 months in each of the SCF clinical facilities: Quirino Memorial Medical Center, a government hospital that is open to all indigent patients. Ospital ng Makati, a charity hospital for residents of Makati City, and preceptorship rotations: with Dr. Sylvia Jacinto, Dr. Jasmin Jamora, Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell and Dr. Nellie T. Yu. SCFI also has a Dermatologic Surgery Subspecialty Clinic headed by Dr. Krisinda Dim- Jamora, the only Philippine member of the American College of Mohs Surgery. Moreover, SCFI is also affiliated with the Philippine Children’s Medical Center for rotations in Pediatric Dermatology with Dr. Rowena Romero-Francisco and Dr. Edna Baello.


Basic Dermatologic training is obtained in the out-patient clinics, where patients are seen primarily by residents under the supervision of faculty members. Free consultations, medicines and services are offered by SCFI in the out-patient clinics. The residents see patients at the Dermatology-OPD where they are made to describe, diagnose, give differential diagnoses, approaches to management and therapy of common as wells as more serious, life-threatening diseases.


Procedures such as Electrodessication and Curettage, Shave, Elliptical, Scissor excisions, Intralesional steroid injection, Chemical peels are also done for free under the direct supervision of the consultants. Other procedures such as Skin Punch Biopsy, Microdermabrasion, etc are done for a minimal fee.


The Skin and Cancer Foundation also boasts of its Dermatopathology Laboratory which receives and processes biopsies from all over Metro Manila and other provinces. Reading of skin specimens are done by three esteemed Dermatopathologists, Dr. Jasmin Jamora, Dr. Yolanda Obieta, and Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell. Residents undergo a three-year residency program leading to eligibility for Diplomate status after passing the Philippine Board of Dermatology, and leading to certification and membership as a Fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society.



Please provide 3 copies each of the following documents:

  • Application Form (to be downloaded from our website)
  • Passport-size Picture (Please attach to Application Form)
  • Transcript of Records (Photocopy)
  • Diploma (Photocopy)
  • Board Certificate (Photocopy)
  • Class Ranking
  • Recommendation Letters/References (Please provide these from 3 doctors who know you well)

Place a copy of each of the above-mentioned documents into 3 separate long brown envelopes with your name labelled on the upper left corner, with the exception of the Recommendation Letters which should be mailed directly to the Skin & Cancer Foundation, Inc. (1311 Batangas St., Makati City). For inquiries, please call (02) 894-3952.


Skin and Cancer Foundation, Inc.
Suite 1611, 16th floor Medical Plaza Ortigas, San Miguel Avenue,
Ortigas, Pasig City


Tel. No. 638-7871

Email address:




Ospital ng Makati – Dermatology OPD

Sampaguita street, Pembo Makati City 1218

Tel No. 882-6316

Clinic Schedule:

Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Except Wednesday 1:00 – 4:00 PM)

Quirino Memorial Medical Center – Dermatology OPD

J.P. Rizal street, Project 4 Quezon City 1109

Tel No. 421-2250

Clinic Schedule:

Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Except Wednesday 1:00 – 4:00 PM)

Skin Clinic

1311 Batangas corner Finlandia streets, Makati City

Tel No. 894-3952

Clinic Schedule:

Monday to Friday: 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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