Dr. Sylvia S. Jacinto has been in clinical dermatologic practice in Manila, Philippines for 40 years, collecting photographs of common and unusual skin diseases among her brown-skinned Filipino, Chinese, Indian and mestizo patients, mostly descendants of intermarriage between Caucausian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Indo-Malaysian races. Early on in her practice, she noticed the significantly different clinical manifestations of brown skin versus Caucasian or Afro-American skin she saw while training in the US, and had difficulty making diagnoses. She decided to record theses clinical manifestations which were still undocumented in American and European textbooks. This Atlas of Brown Skin contains her photographs, painstakingly collected and classified over three decades. Earlier photos were slides; the most recent are digital.
Dr. Jacinto graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1962. Thereafter, she completed the prestigious dermatology residency program of New York University-Bellevue Medical Center in the United States (USA). Upon returning to the Philippines in the mid 1960s, she noted the need for more dermatology training programs (at the time there was only one program which graduated a resident every three years). She then founded the Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc. (SCFI) with her three closest friends, also US-trained dermatologists. In 1984, the SCFI became the second dermatology residency training program approved by the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS). SCFI has trained more than 130 graduates who are now practicing dermatology all over the Philippines and three in Indonesia. Currently in training are two Indonesian physicians. Dr. Jacinto was Chairman of the SCFI dermatology residency program from 1984 to 2006 and is currently President and Chairman Emeritus.
In the Philippines, Dr. Jacinto pioneered dermatological surgical procedures such as Mohs' fresh technique for skin cancers, hair transplantation, sclerotheraphy, liposuction with the tumesecent technique, ambulatory phlebectomy and cutaneous laser surgery. She founded the Philippine Academy of Cutaneous Surgery Inc., which is affiliated with the Philippine Medical Association and aims to invigorate dermatologic, cosmetic and phlebologic surgery in the country.
Dr. Jacinto was a past President of the PDS for two terms in the 1970s. Among her positions in the PDS were Chairman of the Board of Dermatology and Board of Accreditation and the Task for the Safe and Competent Practice of Dermatology. She served as Chairman of the PDS Task Force Merger, which resulted in a successful merger between two societies. She was the Chairman of the Department of Dermatology of Quirino Memorial Medical Center Hospital and currently Ospital ng Makati. She has been awarded the Most Outstanding Physician Award by the Philippine Medical Association in 2002 and was awarded the Enrile Award of Distinction at her medical school graduation for placing third in the Philippine Medical Board examinations.
She is a member of the following international organizations: American Academy of Dermatology, Society for Investigative Dermatology, Photobiology Society, American College of Phlebology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Contact Dermatitis Society, American Acedemy of Cosmetic Surgery, International Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Council for Nail Disorders, and International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. She serves as member of the Advisory Council for the Philippines of the Skin Cancer Foundation Inc. in New York City.
She has published many articles in both local and international journals, written a chapter on Dermatology in the Philippine Textbook of Pediatrics, and given nearly a hundred lectures both locally and abroad.