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UP – Philippine General Hospital


UP – Philippine General Hospital

UPPGH - Consultants

Top Row: Belen Dofitas, Eileen Liesl Cubillan, Charissa Mia Salud-Gnilo, Winlove Mojica, Claudine Yap-Silva
Front Row: Cynthia Ciriaco-Tan, Francisca Roa (Past Section Chief), Ma. Lorna Frez (Section Chief), Georgina Pastorfide (Past Section Chief), Johanna Pauline Lazo-Dizon



To attain excellence, respect, and relevance in dermatology through the development of competent dermatologists who serve the people, not for material gain but because of genuine concern for their welfare.



To produce a community of scholars in dermatology who are: academically excellent, service-oriented, research-inclined, willing and dedicated to impart knowledge, skills, proper attitude, civic-mindedness, and is community-oriented.

To produce a community of scholars in dermatology who are: potential leaders in their chosen field, imbued with moral, ethical, and spiritual vigor, inspired by love, compassion and respect for the dignity of human life committed to the development of the Philippine society.



1. Ma. Lorna F. Frez, MD, FPDS

  • ­   Chief of Section
  • ­   Psoriasis Club Adviser
  • ­   Phototherapy and Photobiology
  • ­   Professor 1


2. Georgina C. Pastorfide, MD, FPDS

  • ­   Section Adviser
  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Learning Unit 4
  • ­   Assistant Finance Officer
  • ­   Training Officer, Dermatopathology Fellowship
  • ­   Dermatopathology
  • ­   Professor 1


3. Francisca DC. Roa, MD, FPDS

  • ­   Section Adviser
  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for External Affairs
  • ­   Finance Officer
  • ­   Eczema Club Adviser
  • ­   Infectious Diseases and Venereology
  • ­   Adverse Drug Reactions
  • ­   Professor 2


4. Eileen Liesl A. Cubillan, MD, FPDS

  • ­   Training Officer
  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Postgraduate Training
  • ­   Assistant Finance Officer
  • ­   Dermatopathology
  • ­   Clinical Associate Professor


5. Belen L. Dofitas, MD, FPDS

  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Research
  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Undergraduate Training
  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Learning Unit 5
  • ­   Hansen’s Club Adviser
  • ­   Clinical Epidemiology
  • ­   Clinical Associate Professor


6. Cynthia Ciriaco Tan, MD, FPDS

  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Services
  • ­   Dermatologic Surgery and Procedural Dermatology
  • ­   Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • ­   Clinical Associate Professor


7. Claudine Yap-Silva, MD, FPDS

  • ­   Assistant Coordinator for Postgraduate Training
  • ­   Assistant External Affairs/Alumni Affairs Coordinator
  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Learning Unit 7
  • ­   Dermatopathology
  • ­   Immunodermatology
  • ­   Geriatric Dermatology
  • ­   Pruritus
  • ­   Diseases of the Hair
  • ­   Medical Research Laboratory Coordinator
  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Learning Unit 6
  • ­   Clinical Associate Professor


8. Johanna Pauline Lazo-Dizon, MD, FPDS

  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Patch Testing
  • ­   Assistant Coordinator for Services
  • ­   Assistant Coordinator for Research
  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Learning Unit 3
  • ­   Bullous Dermatoses and Dermatopharmacology
  • ­   Clinical Associate Professor


9. Winlove P. Mojica, MD, DPDS

  • ­   Consultant Coordinator for Library, Physical Resources, and Audiovisuals
  • ­   Assistant Coordinator for Postgraduate Training
  • ­   Infectious Diseases and Venereology
  • ­   Visiting Consultant



Chief Resident

  • Joyce Anne S. Tan, M.D.


UPPGH - 3rd Year Residents

Top Row: Jolene Kristine G. Gatmaitan, Francesca Mari P. Sumilang, Maria Elinor Grace Q. Sison
Bottom Row: Joyce Anne S. Tan, Aznaida T. Pandapatan, Maisie M. Magnaye

 Third Year Residents

  • Jolene Kristine G. Gatmaitan, M.D.
  • Maisie Magnaye, M.D.
  • Aznaida T. Pandapatan, M.D.
  • Maria Ellinor Grace Q. Sison, M.D.
  • Francesca Mari P. Sumilang, M.D.


UPPGH - 2nd Year Residents

Top Row: Patricia A. Nacianceno, Leah Antoinette M. Caro-Chang
Bottom Row: Mia Katrina R. Gervasio, Felix Paolo J. Lizarondo, Marie Len A. Camaclang

 Second Year Residents

  • Marie Len A. Camaclang, M.D.
  • Leah Antoinette M. Caro-Chang, M.D.
  • Mia Katrina R. Gervasio, M.D.
  • Felix Paolo J. Lizarondo, M.D.
  • Patricia A. Nacianceno, M.D.


UPPGH - 1st Year Residents

Top Row: Shahara Abalos, Rizza Jeanne D. Balce, Jay-V james G. Barit
Bottom Row: Charmaine Vanessa S. Chamberlin, Sarah Faye V. Obbus

 First Year Residents

  • Shahara Abalos, M.D.
  • Rizza Jeanne D. Balce, M.D.
  • Jay-V James G. Barit, M.D.
  • Charmaine Vanessa S. Chamberlin, M.D.
  • Sarah Faye V. Obbus, M.D.


  • Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Community Dermatology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Dermatopharmacology
  • Dermatotoxicology
  • Diseases of the Hair
  • Dermatologic Surgery and Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Geriatric Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases and Venereology
  • Neurodermatology
  • Occupational Dermatology
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Photodermatology and Photobiology




  • Dermatopathology
  • Dermoscopy and Hair Follicle Analysis
  • Direct/Indirect Immunofluorescence
  • KOH, Tzanck Smear
  • Patch Testing/Photopatch Testing
  • Slit Skin Smear
  • Wood’s Lamp



  • Acne Surgery
  • Anoscopy for anal warts
  • Chemical Peels
  • Cryosurgery
  • Electrodessication and Curettage
  • Excision, Skin Grafting, and Flaps
  • Incision and Drainage
  • Intralesional Steroid Injections
  • Microneedling
  • Phototherapy (UVA/UVB)
  • Punch/Wedge/Shave Biopsy
  • Scar Revision
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Ungiectomy



  • Eczema Club
  • Hansen’s Club
  • Psoriasis Club


The three-year residency program aims to train well-rounded leaders in the field of dermatology in terms of clinical care, research, medical education, and community service. Residents diagnose and treat various medical and surgical cases at the outpatient department, as well as through dermatology referrals in the inpatient wards, emergency room, and intensive care units. Residents are trained to become competent in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures unique to dermatology such as, patch testing, immunofluorescence, phototherapy, and dermatologic surgery. They are also exposed to cases related to the field through their elective rotations in Allergy and Immunology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, and Infectious Diseases. Residents teach the medical students from the University of the Philippines and also provide lay lectures and activities for the Hansens’s, Psoriasis, and Eczema support groups. The Section also offers fellowship training in the field of Dermatopathology. Under the leadership and guidance of the country’s well-known dermatologists, the section has produced competent graduates who have consistently topped the PDS board exams, published and presented award-winning innovative and socially relevant researches, and excelled in their own chosen fields.


    1. Application period begins in January each year.
    2. Residency application forms and list of requirements may be obtained from the office of the Deputy Director for Health Operations (ODDHO; Tel. 554 8400 loc. 2008; G/F Philippine General Hospital main building).
    3. Deadline for submission of application forms and requirements to the ODDHO is on August 25 for every year.
    4. Applicants will then be contacted for their written exam schedules.
    5. Applicants will be taking a written exam on Internal Medicine, since the Section of Dermatology is still under the Department of Medicine.
    6. Qualified applicants will then be informed of their interview schedules.
    7. Qualified applicants after the interview will then be contacted to start their pre-residency.
    1. Filipino citizen
    2. a graduate of a duly recognized medical school
    3. has completed a year of internship in an accredited hospital
    4. has passed the medical board examination
    5. has passed departmental screening for admission

Foreign medical graduates may be accepted as observers.


    1. Same as application process of residents listed above
    1. Filipino fellows
      1. Filipino citizen fellows who have successfully completed a PDS accredited Dermatology residency program.
      2. Filipino citizen fellows who have passed the Philippine Dermatology Boards, and have been certified as a Diplomate of the Philippine Dermatological Society.
      3. Priority will be given to applicants who intend to practice in areas that lack dermatopathologists.
    2. Visiting Fellows (Observers)
      1. Non-Filipino citizen fellows who have trained in a PDS-recognized Dermatology training program in the Philippines.
      2. Non-Filipino citizen fellows who have completed an accredited residency training program in Dermatology in other countries and are board certified in general medicine and Dermatology in their respective countries.

University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital



Following the vision-mission goals of the UP College of Medicine and the Department of Medicine, the Section of Dermatology was established in 1922 and became the first residency training program in dermatology in the country in 1969. It is also the first training program to be accredited by the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) in 1971.

The three-year residency program aims to train well-rounded leaders in the field of dermatology in terms of clinical care, research, medical education, and community service. Through the years, the section has produced competent graduates who have consistently topped the PDS board exams, published and presented award-winning innovative and socially relevant researches, and excelled in their own chosen fields.

The Section also takes pride of the “Atlas of Philippine Dermatology”—a product of ten years of inspired labor of the Section’s consultants and residents, headed by Dr. Clarita Maaño and Dr. Ma. Lorna Frez. It is now the official textbook of dermatology by medical colleges as approved by the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC), carried by major bookstores in the country, and garnered the National Academy of Science and Technology Outstanding Book Award in 2014.

To further strengthen the zeal of service and compassion, the Section, in partnership with the Medical Social Services Division of PGH, has three support groups for patients—Psoriasis Club, Hansen’s Club and Atopic Club. Regular meetings of each club include lectures on the clinical nature and management of their diseases, discussions on nutrition, stress management and building self-esteem, as well as livelihood training seminars.

The Section has been very active in the PDS with six of its consultants having served as PDS presidents, namely, Dr. Perpetuo D. Gutierrez (1952-1958), Dr. Guillermo Gutierrez (1971-1975), Dr. Clarita Maaño (1997-1998), Dr. Francisca Roa (2003-2004), Dr. Ma. Lorna Frez (2005- 2006) and Dr. Georgina Pastorfide (2009-2010). Dr. Eileen Cubillan was chair of the PDS Board of Examiners (2009-2010) and Dr. Evelyn Gonzaga was a member of the board of directors (2009-2010). Dr. Elizabeth Amelia V. Tianco (PDS President 1999-2002) was a graduate of the PGH dermatology residency training program. Retired consultants, Dr. Amelia Medina and Dr. Manuel Fernandez, Jr. became vice-presidents of PDS, and Dr. Nenita Alberto also headed various PDS committees.

For 93 years, the Section of Dermatology has progressed to what it is today, though limited by space and budget, it is rich in academic resources, headed by its competent Section Chiefs namely: Dr. Perpetuo D. Gutierrez, Dr. Manuel Fernandez Sr., Dr. Guillermo T. Gutierrez (1975–1985), Dr. Amelia L. Medina (1986 -1998), Dr. Clarita C. Maaño (1999 – March 2010), Dr. Francisca DC. Roa (April 2010 – 2012), Dr. Georgina C. Pastorfide (2012-2015), and Dr. Ma. Lorna F. Frez (2016 – present).

The Section is continuously evolving and expanding; finding newer ways of improving itself through newer physical structures, equipment; continuing professional education; reaching nationally and globally, at par or better with its counterparts in the region. Nearing almost 100 years since it was established, the Section will continue to strive to be one of the country’s premiere training institution in the field of Dermatology, as it is known today.




UP-PGH Section of Dermatology
Outpatient Department Building of PGH
Padre Faura St, Ermita Manila

Telefax 526-2397
Tel. No. 554-8400 local 5105 or 5106
Email address:

Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:30pm
*Wednesday mornings reserved for Hansen’s patients