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Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

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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. (ISO)
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. (DERMA)


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


  • 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.



Ma. Teresita G. Gabriel, MD, FPDS
Department Chair,
Leprosy Unit Head

Leilani R. Senador, MD. FPDS
Residency Training Officer,
Phototherapy Unit Head

Reynaldo L. Ugalde, MD, FPDS
Quality Assurance Head

Gracia B. Teodosio, MD, FPDS
Research Unit Head

Alexander R. Castillo, MD, FPDS
Dermatologic Surgery Unit Head

Johannes F. Dayrit, MD, FPDS
Dermatopathology Unit Head

Clarisse G. Mendoza, MD, FPDS
Immunodermatology Unit Head

Evangeline B. Handog, MD, FPDS
Cosmetic Dermatology Unit Head

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

Marie Socouer M. Oblepias, MD, FPDS
Pediatric Dermatology Unit Head

Ricky H. Hipolito, MD, DPDS
Contact Dermatitis Unit Head





  • Catherine T. Go-Teodosio, MD (Chief Resident)
  • Kristy Elleza R. Evangelista, MD
  • Lunardi Bintanjoyo, MD
  • Grace Monica P. Ibaviosa, MD
  • Pauline Consuelo R. Velasco, MD
  • Abigael T. Villanueva, MD
  • Carmelie Marisse A. Villespin, MD
  • Mohammad Yoga A. Waskito, MD



  • Cara Lynn Marie N. Chia, MD
  • Elisabeth Ryan, MD
  • Roy Lawrence S. Paredes, MD
  • Marie Claudine Franceca B. Perlas, MD
  • Carminda J. Pineda-Rogacion, MD
  • Eunice Kaye M. Rayos-Lopez, MD



  • Audi,MD
  • Maria Isabel M. Belizario, MD
  • Julius G. Gatmaitan, MD
  • Carmella Jane C. Luis, MD
  • Heirich Fevrier P. Manalili, MD
  • Miguel Remigio T. Maralit, MD
  • Riza I. Sarne, MD



  • Journal Club (weekly)
  • Book review (weekly)
  • Clinicopathologic conference (weekly)
  • Mortality and Morbidity conference (monthly)
  • Hansen’s Disease Club meeting/ lay fora/ livelihood training program (monthly)
  • Intensive workshop on Hansen’s disease and common skin diseases (4-5 x a year)
  • Psoriasis club meeting (quarterly)
  • Atopic club meeting (quarterly)
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Postgraduate course (every other year)



    • KOH smear
    • GS/CS
    • Special stains
    • Fungal culture
    • Viral culture
    • Anaerobic culture
    • Skin punch, excision and nail biopsy
 with histopathologic reading
    • DIF
    • Patch testing
    • Acid fast smear (AFS)/ Skin slit smear (SSS)
    • Tzanck smear
    • PCR
    • Acne surgery
    • Intralesional steroid injection
    • Extraction
    • Chemical peeling
    • Electrocautery
    • CO2 laser
, Nd:YAG laser
    • Phototherapy
      • Narrowband UVB
      • Broadband UVB
      • Targeted Narrowband UVB
    • Incision, Excision
    • Flaps
    • Nail avulsion


RITM - Residency


  • Personal Data Sheet with two (2) 2×2 identification picture
  • 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 include hobbies, interests, talents and reason(s) for applying in your own personal hand writing

RITM - History

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 2015, the program has produced 107 graduates from the different regions of the Philippines.

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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
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