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Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.

About Us


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 individual


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.

Facilities/Services Available


Free consultations, medicines and services

  1. 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 under the direct supervision of their consultants
  2. Medicines that are available are given to patients for free
  3. Procedures such as EDC, shave, elliptical, scissor excisions, intralesional steroid injections are done for free under the direct supervision of their consultants
  4. Skin punch biopsies are done with only a minimum fee asked to take care of the processing of specimen

Phototherapy with UVA and UVB




The SCFI Dermatopathology Laboratory offers processing and reading of skin specimens by three established dermatopathologists with three distinct training backgrounds, practice styles and unique viewpoints: Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell (Director of the Laboratory), Dr Yolanda Obieta and Dr Jasmin Jamora. The laboratory specializes in receiving biopsies from provincial and all areas of Metro Manila with its special setup and focus on processing skin specimens, and receives about 1,500 specimens/year. Regular hematoxylin and eosin staining is offered, as well as Wade-Fite and Acid orcein Giemsa staining with reasonable pricing and quick turnaround time.


The SCFI Laser and Phototherapy Center houses the following:

  • Tripollar radiofrequency: For contouring and skin tightening
  • 1064nm laser: For hair removal and treatment of vascular lesions
  • Q-switched Nd:Yag laser: For dermal lesions, tattoo removal, wrinkle reduction, acne scar reduction, pigmented lesion removal, vascular lesion removal, hair removal
  • Infrared lamp: For skin tightening and lifting
  • Microfocused ultrasound: For skin lifting and improvement of lines and wrinkles
  • CO2 laser: For skin resurfacing/fractional and tightening

Residents have the opportunity for hands-on experience with these machines, and are also trained to conduct phototherapy using broadband UVA and UVB and narrowband UVB for charity patients for skin conditions like psoriasis and vitiligo.

Organizational Chart

Section heads

Dermatopathology, Contact Dermatitis, Photomedicine, Nutrition in Dermatology

Immunodermatology and Dermatopathology

Dermatologic Surgery

Antonio C. Sison, MD, FPDS

Stephanie Katalbas-Asi, MD, FPDS

Continuing Medical Education & Postgraduate Course
Catherine L. Chong, MD, FPDS

Laser Dermatology

Pediatric Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatology
Beverly Ong – Amoranto, MD, FPDS


Monette Aquino, MD, FPDS
Desiree Bautista, MD, FPDS
Katrina Belen, MD, FPDS
Catherine Chong, MD, FPDS
Krisinda Dim-Jamora, MD, FPDS
Francine Lu- Echiverri, MD, FPDS
Pamela Huang, MD, FPDS
Sylvia Jacinto, MD, FPDS
Maria Jasmin Jamora, MD, FPDS
Stephanie Katalbas-Asi, MD, FPDS
Beverly Ong, MD, FPDS
Yolanda Obieta, MD, FPDS
Ma. Riza Pecache, MD, FPDS
Claudine Ramos, MD, DPDS
Irene Gaile Robredo-Vitas, MD, FPDS
Beth Sanchez, MD, FPDS
Corrine Sison, MD, FPDS
Vermen Verallo-Rowell, MD, FPDS
Bernadette Villaflor, MD, FPDS
Gilbert Yang, MD, FPDS
Jonathan, MD, FPDS
Nicole Yu, MD, FPDS

Arlene Abella-Sauna, MD, FPDS
Lily Arambulo, MD, FPDS
Michael Chua, MD, FPDS
Genevieve Chi-De Guzman, MD, FPDS
Riya Dimagiba, MD, FPDS
Sylvia Huang, MD, FPDS
Neil Oropeza, MD, FPDS
Jeni Pua, MD, FPDS
Reine Rodriguez, MD, FPDS
Lilia Santiago, MD, FPDS
Andrea Eugenie Yap-Uy, MD, FPDS

chief residents
third year residents
second year residents
first year residents

Resident Program

Contact Us


Ospital ng Makati – Dermatology OPD

Sampaguita Street, Pembo Makati City 1218

Tel No. 882-6316

Clinic Schedule:

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

Victoriano Luna Medical Center – Dermatology OPD

V.Luna Avenue, Quezon city

Tel No. (8) 246 – 2111

Clinic Schedule:

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

Skin Clinic

1311 Batangas corner Finlandia Streets, Makati City

Tel No. 894-3952

Clinic Schedule:

Monday to Friday: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Saturday: 1AM to 5:00 PM

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