Board of Directors
Dionne, MPH, MBA(c), Executive Director
A member of the American Medical Writers Association, Society for Technical Communication, and the American Public Health Association, Dionne is a researcher and writer with over 20 years of experience working for companies such as Thomson Reuters, Intel Corporation, ADP, Visa, and McGhan Medical. She had both the resources and training that most women looking for medical information do not. In founding NUFF, it is her utmost desire to make information more readily available to all women and to help guide the direction of future research in the area of women's reproductive health. Carla received her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is currently a candidate for the Master of Business Administration at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has three children and currently resides in Colorado. Email: carla@NUFF.org
Dr. Scott Goodwin received his undergraduate training at UCLA and his medical training at Harvard Medical School and is certified by the American Board of Radiology.
Dr. Goodwin is an author of over 100 abstracts, papers, chapters, or other publications and has given over 80 invited lectures on a variety of topics regarding interventional radiology. He is particularly well known for introducing uterine artery embolization for the treatment of uterine fibroids in the United States and has served as Program Chair for the Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE) Conference since 1998.
Dr. Broder attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and subsequently did his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received additional training through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Dr. Broder's interests include research into reducing unnecessary hysterectomy, uterine artery embolization and improving health care quality.
He has served as a consultant for RAND Health in Santa Monica, California since 1996 and recently released the study entitled The Appropriateness of Recommendations for Hysterectomy. In 1999, Dr. Broder coordinated an expert panel discussion on the issue of uterine artery embolization and subsequently co-authored the RAND Health publication Uterine Artery Embolization: a systematic review of the literature and proposal for research.
Broder is a member of the Cochrane Collaboration and is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians
& Gynecologists and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Parker has been a researcher for over a decade in the areas of ovarian cyst surgery, fibroid treatment and laparoscopic surgery and is the author of numerous publications in professional journals including Uterine Sarcoma in Patients Operated on for Presumed Leiomyoma and Rapidly Growing Leiomyoma.
In 1996, Dr. Parker co-authored the book A Gynecologist's Second Opinion: The Questions and Answers You Need to Take Charge of Your Health. In addition, Dr. Parker served as a Consultant on the Women's Health and Hysterectomy Project for the RAND Corporation in 1997 and is currently an Editor for the Journal of American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Dr. Parker has been chosen for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors since the late 90's. He has received numerous awards for his medical/surgical expertise and compassionate care of patients.
ND, A Woman's Time, Portland, Oregon
In 1990, Dr. Hudson was awarded the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians President's award for her research in the field of women's health care. She served as an advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services and has been active in the establishment of the Office for the Study of Alternative Medicine within the National Institutes of Health. In 1999, Dr. Hudson authored the book Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine.
Meo, RN, Albany Medical Center
During the past three years, Meo has worked with Dr. Gary Siskin in establishing a uterine fibroid embolization service at Albany Medical College in New York and currently serves as the clinical coordinator for UFE. In addition, she has co-authored several publications on the topic of uterine fibroids and given numerous presentations on patient care issues related to uterine artery embolization.
In an effort to disseminate accurate and appropriate medical information, she actively participates in a wide variety of women's health groups on the internet.
Meo is professionally affiliated with the Radiological Nurses Association, the New York State Nurses Association and the American Heart Association.
Finkel, Patient Advocate, NY
Finkel has done volunteer work in the public relations areas of non-profit health-related and civil rights organizations and was instrumental in developing the foundation for NUFF by bringing our incorporation needs to the attention of the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop LLP. She brings an eclectic background to NUFF, having worked in the fields of medicine, law and advertising. Finkel is an advocate representing both myomectomy and uterine artery embolization.
Mae Withers, Patient Advocate, TN
Withers earned her Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum Development from the University of Memphis in Tennessee and is a veteran educator in the Memphis City School system.