Dixie 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.


Claudia Cotes, MD
Lead 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 for cross-cultural barriers relating to access to quality health care. As the lead 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, a strong dedication to her patients, and a commitment to help save even more lives.


Sarfaraz Sadruddin, MD
Radiologist, The Rose Galleria

With a passion for getting involved in his community, Dr. Sarfaraz Sadruddin, better known as Dr. Raz, has a long history of advocating for advancements in breast imagery. He received his MD from the Chicago Medical School in North Chicago. Furthermore, he completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine and his Breast Imaging Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

With his background as an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Medical Branch, he applies these same skills to address any questions his patients may have. In addition, Dr. Raz has served as a Senior Board Member for the Health Board South West, Chief Technical/ Co-Founder of Reamerge, and as a Chari for Resident and Fellow Section of Texas Radiological Society Represent. He believes in the importance of patient communication which aligns perfectly with The Rose.