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Research Institute for Tropical Medicine






Conduct high-quality multidisciplinary research, surveillance and training, improve, clinical care and develop and produce biological for the prevention and control of infectious, tropical and dermatological diseases.
We are committed to offer a well-balanced training program among our residents and expect to produce strong-willed, resolute and devoted leaders among our consultant staff and residents in Dermatology. We aspire to deliver sound dermatological health care to our patients through training, service and research, provide opportunities for academic and professional advancement and further encourage subspecialization in the field of dermatology. We pledge to extend unconditional services to our less fortunate brothers in the community.


Lead center of excellence for infectious and tropical diseases in the Philippines.


  • Commitment
    • We are committed in providing a holistic training program and to produce competent and devoted leaders among our consultant staff and residents.
  • Compassion
    • We aim to extend unconditional services to our less fortunate brothers in the community.
  • Professionalism
    • We commit to deliver quality dermatological health care services through training and research in the various subspecialization in dermatology.
  • Collaboration
    • We work with other PDS institutions, hospitals, communities and government agencies and institutions to provide excellent dermatologic health care.



Ma. Teresita G. Gabriel, MD, FPDS
Department Chair,
Leprosy Unit Head

Leilani R. Senador, MD. FPDS
Residency Training Officer,
Phototherapy Unit Head

Clarisse G. Mendoza, MD, FPDS
Head, Immunodermatology Unit

Emmerson Gale S. Vista, MD, FPDS, FPSV
Head, Sexually Transmitted Infections Unit

Ricky H. Hipolito, MD, FPDS
Head, Contact Dermatitis Unit
Head, Quality Assurance

Gisella U. Adasa, MD, FPDS
Head, Pediatric Dermatology Unit
Head, Research Unit

Evangeline B. Handog, MD, FPDS
Head, Cosmetic Dermatology Unit

Alexander R. Castillo, MD, FPDS
Head, Dermatologic Surgery Unit

Johannes F. Dayrit, MD, FPDS, FDSP
Head, Dermatopathology Unit

Reynaldo L. Ugalde, MD, FPDS
Consultant, Dermatologic Surgery Unit

Gracia B. Teodosio, MD, FPDS
Adviser, Research Unit

Marie Socouer M. Oblepias, MD, FPDS
Consultant, Cosmetic Dermatology Unit

Luella Joy A. Escueta – Alcos, MD, FPDS
Consultant, Photodermatology Unit

Kristy Elleza R. Evangelista, MD, FPDS
Consultant, Dermatologic Surgery Unit






  • Aira Monica R. Abella, MD
  • Ma. Carmela P. Bucoy, MD
  • Ana Veronica A. Lagman, MD
  • Ma. Milagros Socorro M. Limchoc, MD
  • Isabel G. Palabyab, MD
  • Nicole R. Rivera, MD
  • Danielle Marlo R. Senador, MD
  • Kristen Therese A. Whaley, MD




  • Frances Beatrice L. Alarilla, MD
  • Erwin John R. Aquino, MD
  • Ma. Desiree Hannah C. Garcia, MD
  • Loren Ann Cole C. Magpantay, MD
  • Ma. Fatima Lourdes Omangayon, MD
  • Ma. Bianca Therese Relova-Haresco, MD



  • Daniel Brian G. Cabugao, MD
  • Alexis G. De las Alas, MD
  • Nagatoshi M. Ebisawa, MD
  • Angeli Elaine A. Pangilinan, MD
  • Danelle Anne L. Santos, MD
  • Christine Lyka R. Sayson, MD
  • Mary Rae Kate A. Villamin, MD


  • Clinical Case review (bimonthly)
  • Research Hour (monthly)
  • Journal Club (monthly)
  • Kodachrome (monthly)
  • Clinicopathologic Conference (monthly)
  • Dermatopathology Slide Readings (weekly)
  • Dermoscopy/Pediatric Dermatology Review (monthly)
  • Cosmetic Dermatology/Laser Procedures Lectures (monthly)
  • Dermatologic Surgery Workshop (monthly)
  • International Webcast Lecture Series (monthly)
  • Hansen’s Disease and Common Skin Diseases Workshop (semi-annual)
  • Hansen’s Disease Club Lay Fora (quarterly)
  • Psoriasis Club Meetings (semi-annual)
  • Atopic Dermatitis Club Meetings (semi-annual)
  • Bullous Club Meetings (semi-annual)




        Dermatology Consultations: Monday – Friday


  • KOH smear
  • Wound Gram Stain & Culture and Sensitivity
  • TB culture
  • Fungal Culture
  • Tzanck Smear
  • PCR
  • Acid Fast Smear (AFS) / Slit Skin Smear (SSS)
  • Dermatopathology Reading
  • Direct Immunofluorescence Reading
  • Patch Testing


  • Cosmetic Dermatology
    • Acne Surgery
    • Extraction
    • Intralesional Steroid Injection
    • Chemical Peels
    • Bonta and Fillers
  • Dermatologic Surgery, Lasers, and Energy Based Devices
    • Biopsy (Skin Punch, Shave, Excision)
    • Nail Avulsion
    • CO2 Laser
    • Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser
    • Diode
    • Radiofrequency
  • Phototherapy
    • Narrowband and Broadband UVB Phototherapy
    • Targeted Narrowband UVB Phototherapy


RITM Clubs


Hansen’s Disease Club


Psoriasis Club

Bullous Club

Atopic Club

RITM - Residency



The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s Dermatology Residency Program has produced 155 graduates as of 2021.

The three-year residency program has the residents rotate in various areas of the department, supervised by specialized PDS Board certified dermatologists, including the Hansen’s Disease Unit, Phototherapy Unit, Dermatopathology Unit, Immunodermatology Unit, Pediatric Dermatology Clinic, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic, Contact Dermatitis Clinic, and the Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Unit.

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, being a National Specialty Center for Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine, rotates the residents in the Adult and Pediatric Infectious Disease wards, as well as the HIV and Animal Bite Clinics. It is also designated as an Advanced Comprehensive Dermatology Center by the Department of Health.




  • Personal Data Sheet with two (2) 2×2 identification pictures
  • Letter of application addressed to:
    • Ma. Teresita G. Gabriel, MD, FPDS
      Department Chair, Department of Dermatology
    • Leilani R. Senador, MD, FPDS
      Training Officer, Department of Dermatology
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Doctor of Medicine Diploma
  • Class Ranking
  • Transcript of Records
  • Board rating
  • Certificate of eligibility from the Professional Regulation Commission
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement which includes hobbies, interests, talents and reason(s) for applying in your own personal hand writing (to be written on the application form)

Interested applicants may submit their requirements at the Dermatology Building of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Research Drive, Alabang, Muntinlupa from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday to Friday, except Holidays or via email at ritmdermapply@gmail.com

For further inquiries, interested applicants may contact Dr. Joland A. San Juan at 8809-7599 local 424 or via email at ritmdermapply@gmail.com.

Deadline for complete submission of requirements for residency period 2022-2024 is on September 30, 2021

RITM - History

The RITM section of Dermatology was established in 1992 with Dr. Gertrude Chan as its founding Chairperson, Dr. Ma. Teresita Gabriel as RTO and Dr. Ma. Luisa Venida as consultant. The program was eventually given full accreditation by the Philippine Society of Cutaneous Medicine (PSCM) in 1993.

In its early years, the dermatology outpatient department shared an office, conference room and laboratory with the RITM Infectious Research division. At that time clinics are held three times with the rest of the week used for didactics, grand rounds and dermatopathology reading.

The section eventually was given a separate building in 2002 to accommodate the number of patients and improve the services that it provides. OPD consultation then became daily. The Section became a Department in 2011.
Over the years, the number of patients increased and currently, 100-150 patients are seen daily at the Dermatology OPD. The Dermatology Department is the national referral hub for leprosy and is in close coordination and communication with the National Leprosy Control Program, DOH for its various activity and researches on leprosy.

As of 2019, the program has produced 139 graduates with 100% passing rate in the Dermatology Specialty Board Examinations

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Reasearch Institute for Tropical Medicine,
Department of Dermatology
DOH Compound, Filinvest Corporate City,
Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Tel. No. 842-6282
Mobile No. 0927-679-4107
Email address: dermatologyritm@gmail.com

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