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. (ISO)
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. (DERMA)


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


  • 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
Research Unit Head

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

Reynaldo L. Ugalde, MD, FPDS
Head, Quality Assurance Unit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marie Socouer M. Oblepias, MD, FPDS
Head, Cosmetc Dermatology Unit

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

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

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

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


RITM Dermatology Consultants (Dr. Ricky Hipolito and Dr. Kristy Elleza Evangelista not in picture)




  • Katrina Rose G. Baluyot, MD
         Chief Resident
  • Joland A. San Juan, MD 
          Deputy Chief Resident Internals
  • Nel Muriel B. Lee, MD
  • Sarah E. Nain, MD
  • Danica Grace R. Tungol, MD
  • Francis Joseph G. Villanueva, MD
  • Anna Irene C. Zuniga, MD




  • 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 Alarilla
  • Erwin John R. Aquino
  • Ma. Desiree Hannah Garcia
  • Loren Ann Cole Magpantay
  • Ma. Fatima Lourdes Omangayon
  • Ma. Bianca Therese Relova-Haresco


  • Journal Club (weekly)
  • Book review (weekly)
  • Clinicopathologic conference (weekly)
  • Mortality and Morbidity conference (monthly)
  • Hansen’s Disease Club meeting/ lay fora/ livelihood training program (monthly)
  • Intensive workshop on Hansen’s disease and common skin diseases (4-5 x a year)
  • Psoriasis club meeting (quarterly)
  • Atopic club meeting (quarterly)
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Postgraduate course (every other year)




        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

Hansen’s Disease Club



Psoriasis Club

Bullous Club

Atopic Club

RITM - Residency



The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine’s Dermatology Residency Program has produced 139 graduates as of 2019, with a 100% passing rate in the Dermatology Specialty Board Examinations of the Philippine Dermatological Society.

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.



  • 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

For further inquiries, interested applicants may contact Dr. Juan Antonio Cervantes at 8809-7599 local 424 or via email at

Deadline for complete submission of requirements for residency period 2021-2023 is on September 18, 2020

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
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