Events and Updates

Live Webinar on Dermoscopy

Attended by 30 PACCD members on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Alex III at Tomas Morato, Q.C.

Traditionally used for the evaluation of skin tumors, dermoscopy continously gains appreciation in other fields of Dermatology. The technique has been shown to improve clinical performance in terms of differential diagnosis in daily practice. Together with Stiefel, a GSK Company, we had the privilege to experience a live and interactive webcast on the use of dermoscopy in inflammatory skin diseases, covering the basic principles namely:

1. vessels morphology
2. vessels distribution
3. scale color
4. scale distribution
5. follicular disturbances
6. specific clues

And dermoscopic criteria and other information which highlight the usefulness of this diagnostic tool in everyday clinical setting.

The speaker was Dr. Aimilios Lallas. He is a Board-Certified Dermatologist-Venereologist at the First Department of Dermatology of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece and is currently the General Secretary of the International Dermoscopy Society. He is an author of more than 160 scientific papers published on Pubmed Central and several book chapters focused on dermoscopy. He has been an invited speaker in domestic and international congresses and meetings and he is particularly involved in teaching activities over dermoscopy, having organized and participated in numerous domestic and international courses.

The Chair is Dr. Alexandra Marta who is the Dermatology Medical Lead and Medical Expert for Europe and Canada for Stiefel. She is a Dermatologist with over 20 years’ experience treating skin conditions, and in her role working within the pharmaceutical industry she set out to make sure dermatology patients have access to the right medicine and achieve the best outcomes.



PACCD Celebrates Dr. Pineda’s Eightieth


Last Thursday, July 14, 2016 –members of the PACCD Organizing Committee and Board of Trustees gathered at the Gauguin Room of the Novotel Manila Araneta Center to celebrate Dr. Vinson B. Pineda’s 80th Birthday.  The latter had been the PACCD President for the past 13 years; thus the organization deemed it appropriate to honor his milestones annually.

The evening started informally, but in high spirits, as guests trickled into the venue at around seven p.m. to greet the youthful octogenarian, who emanated robust health and a rather impish demeanor. Dinner was composed of  an ample buffet complete with soup, salad, rice, vegetables, three main courses – and a choice of two pastry deserts.  A rather agreeable cabernet sauvignon was also served to fuel the festivities; climaxing in a dry(sec) champagne for the final toast.

The program for the evening was energetically led by Dr. Connie Garcia who opened with a moving prayer which was sung by all, and complemented by an equally heartwarming slide presentation. After this, the entire company held their hands over the celebrant to pray over, wishing for his health and happiness.  Toasts were then accomplished by the tinkling of flutes; ending in a slide show presentation of pictures from Dr. Pineda’s 79th Birthday Celebration.

The evening closed with Dr. Pineda’s sage invocation of how one could accomplish worldly success, and divorce from sin, by recognizing Jesus Christ as one’s Savior. A message which has become both traditional, and annual in its frequency.

-Ramon R. Briones, MD