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Rizal Medical Center

About Us


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


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



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 would be located in the newly built 3 rdfloor extension of the RMC 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 planned to develop: Psoriasis Center, Eczema & Allergy Center, Infectious Dermatology Center, Center for Immunoblistering Diseases. Center for Cosmetic & Procedural Dermatology, Dermatological Surgery Center, Center for Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies, Teledermatology Center, Center for Hair and Nail Diseases, Center for Dermatological Diagnostics and Laboratories, Center for Dermatological Psychosocial Support, Photodermatology Center and Center for Dermatological Research.

Facilities/Services Available


Leprosy Hub
• Slit skin smear
• G6PD Assay

Aesthetic Dermatology Clinic
• Intralesional triamcinolone injection
• Cryosurgery
• Electrodessication and curettage
• Acne surgery
• Incision and drainage
• Extraction of milia and molluscum lesions
• Chemical peels
• Fillers
• Botulinum toxin injection

Psoriasis Center
• Biologic injections
• Phototherapy (please see phototherapy)

Eczema and Allergy Center
• Patch test (80 haptens)

Autoimmune Blistering Diseases (Immunodermatology Clinic)
• ELISA (BP180, BP230, Dsg1, Dsg3, Collagen Type VII)
• Direct Immunofluorescence (IgG, IgM, IgA, C3, Fibrinogen)

Rheumadermatology Clinic
• C3
• C4
• Anti-dsDNA
• Rheumatoid Factor

• RPR (Qualitative)
• HACT Screening

Hair and Nail Clinic
• Nail surgery/Ungiectomy

Pigment Clinic
• Dermoscopy

Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center
• Vascular (Transarterial, etc) Embolization – for vascular diseases

Wound Management Center (in development)


Laser and Light Facility
• Nd-YAG
• Er-YAG
• Pulsed Dye Laser

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)

Dermatologic Surgery Facility (Mohs Surgery)
• Skin biopsy (Punch, shave, excision)
• Excision of moles and cutaneous tumors
• Mohs surgery
• Skin flaps and grafts

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

Other Services
• Superficial Radiotherapy – for keloids, pre-malignant lesions, and malignant lesions
• Skin and Soft Tissue Ultrasound – for diagnosing and visualization of tumors

Support Groups
• Psoriasis Club
• Hansen’s Disease Club
• Eczema Club

Organizational Chart

consultant staff

Consultant Staff (from L to R):

1st Row: Danielle Nicolle D. Mejia, Catherine Anne Cifra-Kim, Beatriz L. Puno, Patricia Anne T.  Tinio, Patricia Cleopatra G. Guieb, Alma Gay Concepcion Amado, Martha Joy Bruan-Tapales; 
2nd Row: Mary Elizabeth Danga, Lily Lyralin Laconico-Tumalad, Maria Sharlene Pelino Temblique, Katrina Angela Z. Reyes, Mae Ramirez-Quizon, Charlene Marie Ang-Tiu, Abelaine Venida-Tablizo, Christene Pearl Fernandez-Arandia, Jacqueline Michelle D. Melendres, Czarina  P. Chavez;
3rd Row: Jamie P. Nuñez, Charmaine G. Castillo, Cecilia Roxas-Rosete, Francisco DC. Rivera IV, Maria Katherina Lat-Herrin, Maria Cristina A. Puyat, Rogelio A. Balagat

Department of Dermatology, Rizal Medical Center

Consultant Staff:

Francisco D. Rivera IV, MD, FPDS
Department Chair

Cecilia Roxas-Rosete, MD, FPDS
Specialty Center Head, Contact Dermatitis, Environmental and Occupational  Dermatology, Head of the Eczema and Allergy Center, 

Maria Katherina Lat-Herrin, MD, FDSP-PDS
Training Officer, Dermatopathology, Sexually Transmitted Infections

Mary Charmaine G. Castillo, MD, FPDS
Assistant Training Officer, General Dermatology, Internal Quality Auditor (Quality  Management Services)

Rogelio A. Balagat, MD, FPCP, FPDS, FPRA
Head of Rheumatologic-Dermatology Clinic

Charlene Marie Ang-Tiu, MD, FPDS
Head of Basic and Advanced Dermatologic Surgery (Mohs) Unit Head

Abelaine Venida-Tablizo, MD, FPDS
Infectious Dermatology, Leprosy, Head of the Leprosy Hub

Mae Ramirez-Quizon, MD, FPDS
Head of Blistering Diseases Clinic, Head of Hair and Nail Clinic, Contact Dermatitis

Ma. Cristina A. Puyat, MD, FPDS
Head of Procedural/Cosmetic Dermatology Unit

Alma Gay Concepcion Tavanlar-Amado, MD, MHM, MBA, FPDS
Chair, SubCommittee on Anti-Red Tape Tape (SubCART)

Jamie P. Nuñez, MD, FPDS
General Dermatology, Coaching and Mentoring Professionalism and Ethics

Jacqueline Michelle D. Melendres, MD, FPDS
General Dermatology, Research Coordinator – Epidemiologist, Head of Teledermatology  Unit, Institutional Review Board Member, Community Epidemiology

Christene Pearl Fernandez-Arandia, MD, FPDS
General Dermatology, Dermatological Lasers

Lily Lyralin Laconico-Tumalad, MD, FPDS
Photodermatology, Head of the Psoriasis Center

Mary Elizabeth S. Danga, MD, FDSP-PDS
Dermatopathology, Head of Dermatopathology Unit

Katrina Angela Z. Reyes, MD, FPDS
General Dermatology, Head of Dermatological Laser Unit, Internal Quality Auditor  (Quality Management Services)

Patricia Anne Ty-Tinio, MD, FPDS
Head of Photodermatology Unit

Czarina P. Chavez, MD, DipClinRes, FPDS
Research Officer, Research Coordinator – Clinical Trials, General Dermatology,  Institutional Review Board Member

Cleopatra Patricia G. Guieb, MD, FPDS
General Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Sexually Transmitted Infections

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

Martha Joy Bruan-Tapales, RPh, MD, FPDS
General Dermatology, Dermatopharmacology and Compounding

Camelia Faye R. Tuazon, MD, FPDS
Visiting Consultant, Pediatric Dermatology

Catherine Anne Cifra-Kim, MD, DPDS
Medical Officer IV, General Dermatology, Basic and Advanced Dermatologic Surgery  (Mohs)

Maria Sharlene Pelino-Temblique, MD, FPDS
Medical Officer IV, Administrative Officer, General Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted  Infections

Danielle Nicolle D. Mejia, MD, DPDS
Medical Officer IV, Head of Community Dermatology, General Dermatology, Sexually  Transmitted Infections, Teledermatology

Jennifer Lavina T. Ngo, MD, DPDS
Medical Officer IV, Clinical Research Fellow

resident staff

3rd Year Residents (from L to R):
Chief Resident – Dana Andrea D. Nery, MD
• Jonella Jean F. Nicola, MD
Assistant Chief Resident for Externals – Ivy S. Cagulada, MD
Assistant Chief Resident for Internals – Bernadette B. Iglesia, MD-MBA
• Florteresa G. Ollero, MD

2nd 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

1st Years
• Issa Janine A. Acanto, MD
• Anna Sophia A. Besa, MD
• Alyanna E. Dela Cruz, MD
• Gabriel Luis M. Mungcal, MD
• Janine May V. Sta. Maria, MD

Nursing and Administrative Staff
• Don M. Bolire, RN
• Arthur Joseph D. Cardenas, RN
• Imelda G. Sadioa
• John Loue D. Diocampo

Resident Program

Details for Applying into Residency Training (Requirements)

Applications for residency training open annually. Announcements pertaining to the annual deadlines are disseminated through the department’s Facebook page. Inquiries may be addressed  to [email protected]

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

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Contact Information:

Skin Center,

3rd Floor, Outpatient Department Building Rizal Medical Center

Pasig Boulevard, Pasig City 1600

E-mail address: [email protected] Trunkline: (02) 8865 8400

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