Dr M_Headshot1Dixie Melillo, MD
Medical Director and Co-Founder

Dr. Melillo is a co-founder of The Rose. She started her medical profession at Bayshore Medical Center as a general surgeon. She was the second female to complete the surgical residency program at University of Texas, Medical Branch-Galveston and has been in private practice since 1984. She is Board Certified and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Since January 1990, Dr. Melillo has limited her practice to the care and treatment of breast disease. Along with numerous professional appointments, she has received recognition from several sources for her civic and volunteer services.  Among her many honors, the Pasadena resident serves as the namesake for the Dr. Dixie Melillo Middle School, a 5th and 6th grade Pasadena ISD campus.


Dr PHeadshot1Ward Parsons, MD, RT, RDMS
Radiologist, The Rose Southeast

Dr. Parsons joined The Rose in July 2003.  As a frequent lecturer for Dr. Laslo Tabar's Advanced Screening and Diagnostic Mammography Courses in the U.S., Canada, and overseas; he has become an internationally known educator and recognized authority in Breast Imaging.  He earned his medical degree from the LSU Medical Center in New Orleans in 1973.  He completed his Internship and Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland with certification by the American Board of Radiology in 1977. He served as Chief of Radiology at Naval Regional Medical Center, Millington, Tennessee, and Chief of Breast Imaging at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  In 1992-1999, he was with the Susan G. Komen Breast Center and St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois with faculty appointment as  Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  In 2000, he became Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of Breast Imaging at the Center for Breast Care, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, moving to Houston in 2003.


Dr. CotesClaudia Cotes, MD
Radiologist, The Rose Galleria

Growing up in a family of doctors and being exposed to radiology from an early age, Dr. Claudia Cotes became inspired to follow the same path.  Breast Imaging is the area of radiology she is passionate about and she is conscious of the high impact of an accurate diagnosis in each patient’s life; her desire to work in breast cancer imaging came as a result of her mother being a breast cancer survivor.  

With Houston’s diverse population, Dr. Cotes is confident that there is an opportunity to cross cultural barriers relating to access to quality health care. As a radiologist at The Rose Galleria, having completed her breast imaging fellowship at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, her goal is to help all women, especially those in need. Her educational background includes a medical degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia. She completed her internship in General Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UTMB.  

In addition to being fluent in Spanish, Dr. Cotes brings her passion for the cause to The Rose, a strong dedication to her patients, and a commitment to help save more lives.  


 The Rose offers the following services:


Bone Density

Mobile Mammography

Uninsured programs

Breast Cancer Support Groups



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