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Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium

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The DJNRMHS Department of Dermatology is a highly specialized dermatology unit of the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium designated as a specialty center for dermatologic care to ensure effective and efficient delivery of population-based dermatologic services by the Department of Health. 

The DJNRMHS Department of Dermatology is staffed with board certified dermatologists with sub-specialties and is equipped with contemporary machines and tools to manage advance and atypical dermatologic cases with its multidisciplinary approach.

The DJNRMHS Department of Dermatology Residency Training is a comprehensive 3-year program designed to develop and equip physicians of the basic and advance dermatology. The curriculum is based on the standards of the Philippine Dermatological Society, ensuring that the graduate will be qualified to take the specialty board examination.

The DJNRMHS Department of Dermatology is an accredited institution of the Philippine Dermatological Society and is committed for the advancement of dermatology though researches and collaboration with other institutions.



To be one of the foremost dermatological centers in the Philippines.


To render comprehensive dermatologic care and services to the Filipino people.
To hone physicians as future dermatologists by providing comprehensive residency training.
To facilitate advancement of dermatology practice in the Philippines through research and development.


Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium, aside from being named after one of the founding members of the Philippine Dermatological Society, goes back to its roots in working for the underserved.

The Administrative Code, Article XV, Chapter 37 of Sec 1063 on the year 1930 paved way for an establishment of a hospital and sanitaria for the treatment of patients with leprosy.

On November 9, 1936 the Commonwealth Act No. 161 was enacted for the establishment of 3 leper colonies in Luzon including Cagayan Valley, locos Region and Manila where Tala Leprosarium was born.

In 1938 the land in Tala Estate was acquired for the only leprosarium in Central Luzon and in 1940 it has provided custodial care for Hansen’s Disease, referral of complicated cases, patients needing reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation services.

In 1974, Department order No. 285 s. 197 was made thus giving the designation of Central Luzon Sanitarium as a Training and Teaching Hospital for Leprosy.

In 1979, Tala became part of history by being part of a joint chemotherapy trial using Rifampicin and Clofazimine that was participated by the Philippines, Thailand, and Korea.

On December 24, 1980, the Central Luzon Sanitarium under Batas Pambansa BIg. 91 was renamed Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital.

In the year 1986, the Dermatology Service was opened in the hospital. The National Leprosy Control Program was organized and there were 72,000 registered leprosy patients in the Philippines.

In 1990, there was progressive expansion of services to answer the needs of the general public, concomitant with the leprosy treatment and control responsibilities of the hospital.

In 2007, DJNRMHS became a Tertiary General Hospital.

On January 4, 2021, the Department of Health of the Philippines mandated under the Universal Health Care ACT of 2019 or Republic Act No. 11223 to upgrade DOH Hospitals, including DJNRMHS, into Specialty Centers which would serve as an end-referral hospital for 16 specialties. This would transform DINRMHS to become a Regional Dermatology Center.

Facilities and Services Available


  • Reception counter
  • Consultation area
  • Examination room
  • Clinical photography room
  • Phototherapy room
  • Medical records room
  • Admin staff/nurses’ lounge
  • Lecture room
  • Procedure room
  • Supply room
  • Laser rooms
  • Dermatopathology room
  • Library
  • Conference room
  • Meeting room
  • Pantry
  • Consultants’ lounge
  • Chairman/Training officer room
  • Custodial ward for Persons Affected with Leprosy
  • Hospital beds for In-Patient admissions
  • Clinical laboratory for Mycology, Tzanck smear, Gram stain and histopathology
  • HIV hub


  • Outpatient consultation
  • Online consultation
  • In-patient admission 
  • Custodial care for Persons Affected with Leprosy
  • Phototherapy 
  • Patch testing
  • Biopsies (Punch/Shave/Excision)
  • Excisions
  • Acne surgery
  • Milia extraction
  • Molluscum extraction
  • Electrocautery of warts
  • Chemical peels for melasma and skin rejuvenation
  • CO2 laser for atrophic scars and skin rejuvenation
  • Radiofrequency 
  • Intralesional steroid injection for Alopecia, Keloid and Acne
  • Microneedling 
  • Sclerotherapy for leg varicosities
  • Health education 
  • Support groups (Psoriasis club/Eczema club/HD club)

Other Diagnostic Services :

  • Tzanck Smear
  • Potassium Hydroxide (KOH)
  • Gram Stain, Culture and Sensitivity
  • Wood’s Lamp
  • Slit Skin Smear
  • Dermoscopy
  • HIV Screening

Organizational Chart


Department Chairman: Vilma C. Ramilo, MD, FPDS
Training Officer: Maria Tricia Malahito, MD, FPDS
Department Admin: Ma. Cricelda Valencia, MD, FPDS
Clinic Coordinator: Andrea Marie Bernales – Mendoza, MD, FPDS, DSP
Project Coordinator: Wilsie Walinsundin, MD, FPDS
Research Coordinator: Jamaine Melisse Cruz-Regalado, MD, FPDS
External Affairs: Frederica Veronica Protacio, MD, FPDS


Name PDS Status Subspecialty 
Vilma C. Ramilo
(Diplomate of Philippine Society of Venereology) 
Maria Tricia Manlongat- Malahito
(Head of Functional And Integrative Dermatology Interest Group)
FellowFunctional and Integrative Dermatology, Wellness Dermatology 
Frederica Veronica Marquez- Protacio (Member of Leprosy Subspecialty Core Group)FellowInfectious, Leprosy Subspecialty 
Wilsie Salas-Walinsundin
(Member of Pediatric Dermatology Subspecialty Core Group)
FellowPediatric Dermatology, Community Dermatology 
Ma. Cricelda Rescober-Valencia
(Member of Dermatologic Surgery Subspecialty Core Group)
FellowProcedural Dermatology Laser, Dermatologic Surgery
Andrea Marie Bernales – Mendoza
(Fellow of Dermatopathology Society of the Philippines)
FellowDermatopathology, Mycology 
Sarah Grace Tan- Desierto
(Member of Contact Dermatitis And Environmental Dermatology Core Group And Diplomate of Philippine Society of Venereology)
DiplomateContact Dermatitis and Environmental Dermatology, Venereology
Jamaine Melisse Cruz-Regalado
(Member of Immunodermatology Subspecialty Core Group)
Maria Rosa Noliza F. Encarnacion
(Member of Photo Dermatology Subspecialty Core Group) 
Corazon Almira T. Mella
(Member of Dermatologic Surgery Subspecialty Core Group)
FellowHair Subspecialty
Jay-V James G. Barit
(Member of Dermoscopy Subspecialty Core Group) 
     Marie Len Camaclang-Balmores, MD, FPDS
    (Member of Dermoscopy Subspecialty Core                                     Group)
Fellow Dermatopathology

Resident Program


Dermatology Residency Training is a three-year program designed to hone a resident physician to be a certified dermatologist of the Philippine Dermatological Society. Its curriculum and mode of training is based on the standards of the Philippine Dermatological Society.

Academic Training

  • Academic Conferences – a consultant-led, resident-facilitated weekly conference discussing the recent cases encountered in both ward and outpatient department as well as the current trends in dermatology. 
  • Examinations – designed to test the skills, knowledge, and attitude of the dermatology residents in the management of skin diseases. Each dermatology sub specialty unit conduct examinations regularly through written, oral and practical tests, and are evaluated according to the standards of PDS sub specialty core group. Text book examinations, specialized examinations and simulated examinations are also conducted regularly.
  • Lecture and Sessions – Text book discussion (Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology) are facilitated and conducted by the consultants and senior residents
  • Research and Case report – a requirement for all the dermatology residents. Each resident will conduct an experimental or non-experimental research and submit a case report. Publication of their paper in a department preferred platform is also required.
  • Resident-led Lectures – a senior resident facilitated case and management discussion designed to train and equip the senior resident in presenting lectures and managing cases.
  • Subspecialty Lecture Series –  small group discussions and journal-book reviews of subspecialties:
    • Contact Dermatitis and Environmental Dermatology
    • Dermatopathology
    • Dermatologic Surgery
    • Dermoscopy
    • Functional and Integrative Dermatology
    • Hair and Nail Subspecialty
    • Hansen’s Disease
    • Immunodermatology
    • Pediatric Dermatology
    • Photodermatology
    • Venerology

Ward Rotations

1 month ward rotations in the following departments:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery

Medical Missions

A quarterly and yearly dermatological missions to the communities in Metro Manila and other provinces. Most of these medical missions are in collaboration with the Philippine Dermatological Society and the Philippine Medical Association.


The dermatology department is the arm of DJNMRHS for the Persons Affected with Leprosy at the Gawad Kalinga Sites in Caloocan City and in the custodial ward of the hospital.

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Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium

Dermatology Department

St. Joseph Avenue, Tala, Caloocan City, 1427 Bgy 187

Latheefa Joy Retoria

Administrative staff

Department of Dermatology





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