Anna Palabyab-Rufino's Inspirational Impact Through Dermatology

Dr. Anna Palabyab-Rufino, a compassionate dermatologist, continuously evolves and leaves a lasting impact on lives through her never-ending pursuit of excellence. 

This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s October 2023 Issue.

In a world where healthcare often feels like a transaction, there are individuals who remind us that medicine is as much about heart as it is about healing. 

Dr. Anna Palabyab-Rufino, a board-certified dermatologist, embodies this ethos. 

With nearly 14 years of experience, her story is a testament to the transformative power of compassion, the pursuit of excellence, and the enduring impact she leaves on the lives she touches. 

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Dr. Rufino smiling at the camera wearing a green dress.
Dr. Anna Palabyab-Rufino/Photo by Excel Panlaque of KLIQ INC.

The Roots Of Compassion 

Dr. Rufino’s journey to becoming a dermatologist was shaped by the love and dedication of her parents, who were both esteemed dermatologists themselves.

As a child, she spent countless hours in their clinics, witnessing firsthand the profound connections her parents formed with their patients. These memories left an indelible mark on her young heart. 

In a recent interview with Lifestyle Asia, Dr. Rufino shared her inspiration: “I was inspired by how much their patients love them and how much impact they’ve had in their lives. They were able to achieve success in their careers while still making family their top priority.”

Today, she continues to care for some of her parents’ patients, hearing fond stories, and heartfelt gratitude from those they served.

The field of dermatology is in a constant state of evolution, with new treatments and technologies emerging regularly. 

To provide the best care for her patients, Dr. Rufino is dedicated to staying at the forefront of these advancements.

“In medicine, the learning never stops,” she says. 

“I keep up to date by attending lectures and conferences here and abroad. I learn by sharing and discussing difficult or rare cases with my dermatologist friends.” 

Managing a clinic involves multifaceted challenges, and Dr. Rufino is no stranger to them. 

However, she attributes her clinic’s success in navigating these challenges to the strength of the partnerships she has forged with like-minded colleagues. “I am really blessed with the best partners,” she affirms. 

“We made sure that our values were aligned from the very beginning.”

Read more by purchasing a copy of the Lifestyle Asia October 2023 magazine via or select newsstands in National Bookstore and Fully Booked. Subscribe to the E-Magazine via Readly, Magzter, and Press Reader.

Banner photo by Excel Panlaque of KLIQ, INC.

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