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Southern Philippines Medical Center

About Us

We are the first and only dermatology training institution in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.


A premier service-oriented dermatology and research center


  • To render excellent, accessible and affordable dermatological service
  • To train competent, compassionate and ethical dermatologists and excellent through outstanding education and programs
  • To conduct quality medical studies and researches
  • Together with the Philippine Dermatological Society and other organizations, be able to transcend economic, socio-cultural and political barriers

Core Values

Compassion, Commitment, Competence, Credibility, Cooperation.


The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is a tertiary government hospital with a 1500-bed capacity located in the center of Davao City. It is an accredited training institution of 17 different medical specialties, including Dermatology. Within the hospital grounds are the Mindanao Heart Institute, the Cancer Institute, the Institute for Women and Newborn Health Building, a main building for admitted patients, an ICU complex, a state-of-the-art ER complex, and a building dedicated to providing out-patient services donated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which houses the Department of Dermatology outpatient clinic.  

            The Department of Dermatology was established in 1996 — the first and only in existence in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. The department has been given full accreditation status by the Philippine Dermatological Society Accreditation Board from 2005 up to the present.

Facilities/Services Available

  1. Outpatient Department Consultations
  2. Teledermatology Consultations
  3. Inpatient and Dermatologic Emergency Referrals
  4. Diagnostics
    1. Wood’s lamp examination
    2. Dermoscopy
    3. Patch testing
    4. Potassium hydroxide (KOH) of Skin and Nail scrapings
    5. Tzanck smear
    6. Slit skin smear
    7. Skin punch, excision, incision, wedge and nail clipping biopsy
    8. Direct Immunofluorescence
  1. Procedures
    1. Acne surgery
    2. Electrodesiccation and Curettage
    3. Extraction of milia and molluscum lesions
    4. Intralesional corticosteroid injections
    5. Incision and Drainage
    6. Excision of benign and malignant cutaneous tumors
    7. Nail surgery
    8. Phototherapy for psoriasis, vitiligo, mycosis fungoides, and other eczema
    9. Chemical peels
    10. Laser therapy (595nm Pulsed Dye Laser/1064m Nd:YAG Laser)
    11. Sclerotherapy
    12. Botulinum toxin injection
    13. Fillers


Hansen’s Club: Heart in Hand to Heal

 The Hansen’s Club: Heart in Hand to Heal is dedicated to the welfare of people with Leprosy. It aims to help raise awareness of the disease and put an end to Leprosy-related stigma and discrimination. The club also offers a support group, access to scholarships and assistance to Hansen’s Disease patients.

Psoriasis Club

The Psoriasis Club is dedicated to educating, serving, and empowering people with Psoriasis. It aims to improve the quality of life of people who have psoriasis by promoting awareness and understanding of the disease and ensuring access to treatment. The club also has a support group and offers access to affordable medications.

Organizational Chart

Standing (left to right): Karla Phoebe B. Castaños, MD, FPDS; Bryan Edgar K. Guevara MD, FPDS; Jennifer Aileen M. Ang-Tangtatco, MD, FPDS; Niña A. Gabaton, MD, FPDS
Seated (left to right): Victoria P. Guillano, MD, FPDS; Ma. Pacita S. Belisario MD, FPDS; Mary Jo Kristine S. Bunagan, MD, FPDS; Claribel L. Jimenez, MD, FPDS; Maria Mercedes S. Cauilan MD, FPDS; Karen Lee P. Alabado-Laurel, MD, FPDS; Lalaine R. Visitacion MD, FPDS

Lalaine R. Visitacion, MD, FPDS
Ma. Pacita S. Belisario, MD, FPDS
Karen Lee P. Alabado-Laurel, MD, FPDS
Maria Mercedes S. Cauilan, MD, FPDS
Victoria P. Guillano, MD, FPDS
Jennifer Aileen M. Ang-Tangtatco, MD, FPDS
Bryan Edgar K. Guevara, MD, FPDS
Niña A. Gabaton, MD, FPDS

resident staff
third year residents

Seated (left to right): Rosa Beatriz S. Diaz, MD (Chief Resident); Kirk Llew V. Quijote, MD, MPH (Chief Resident); Donna May A. Sarenas, MD (Chief Resident)
Standing: Patricia R. Solon, MD (Deputy Chief Resident); Jay Mohamad Ryan M. Aquino, MD  (Deputy Chief Resident)

second year residents

From left to right: Arielle Marie Therese V. Castañeda, MD; Lea Fatima B. Hingpit, MD; Nadra S. Magtulis, MD

first year residents

From Left to Right: Allen Khadir O. Uy, RN, MD; Andrea Patrisse G. Eugenio, MD; Maria Inez S. Benedicto, MD;
Hanna Louise B. Valdevilla, MD; Silvino Rey H. Pino, MD

Resident Program

Application for residency training at SPMC Department of Dermatology opens yearly. You may visit our facebook page SPMC Department of Dermatology for announcements and further details. You may also contact us via email ([email protected]) or landline (082) 227-2731 local 4705.

Requirements for Residency Training Application

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Transcript of Record (Certified True Copy)
  • Class Ranking
  • Certificate of Internship
  • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) Certificate
  • Board Rating Result (PRC)
  • NBI Clearance
  • Letter of Intent addressed to the Chair of Department of Dermatology

Claribel L. Jimenez, MD, FPDS
Chairperson, Department of Dermatology

Mary Jo Kristine S. Bunagan, MD, FPDS
Chairperson, Department of Dermatology

  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Two (2) 2×2 Colored Pictures
  • Abstracts of past medical studies (if any)

Regular Training Activities

  • Weekly Conferences (Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Ward Audit, Dermatopathology Audit, Photodermatology Audit)
  • Didactics and Exams (General Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Pediatric Dermatology, Special Topics)
  • Dermatologic Surgery Workshops
  • Dermatopathology Slide Readings
  • Research
  • Community Dermatology
  • Mentoring
  • Outside Rotations (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, ENT, Surgery)

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