Board & Staff  
    President, Board of Directors
Thomas M. Sweeney II, MD, PhD
CEO and Medical Director
Southeastern Spine Center and Research Institute
Dr. Sweeney is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and an accomplished and leading authority in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS). A fellowship trained spine surgeon, he earned his medical degree and PhD in anatomy at the University of Virginia and completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Health. He has been published extensively, including new methods on bone healing, and is recognized as a national speaker on disorders and surgical procedures of the spine.

    Board Member
Heidi Godman
News Anchor & Medical Editor

Heidi is an award-winning medical journalist and serves as medical editor for ABC television’s Sarasota affiliate. She is the first TV broadcaster in the country to be named a journalism fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. She has earned numerous awards for her work, including two honors for excellence in cardiovascular communications from Florida’s American Heart Association. She earned a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

    Board Member
John A. Owen, EdD, MS
Assistant Professor of Research in Medical Education
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Dr. Owen serves as Research Director for the Center for the Advancement of Generalist Medicine at the University of Virginia. An accomplished educator and administrator, he has been published and has presented on a wide range of medical education subjects. He earned his doctorate degree in education and masters degrees in Epidemiology, Educational Administration and Supervision, and English Education from the University of Virginia.

    Executive Director
Gordon Greenfield

Gordon directs business operations for the National Spine Foundation and is responsible for fundraising, marketing and finances. He has extensive experience managing corporate marketing and sales programs. Previously, he was Vice President of Marketing for Cheetah Technologies, a senior associate with the international consulting firm Global Insight, and a managing partner in an advertising agency. He has an MBA from Cornell University and a journalism degree from Northeastern University.

    Research Director
David L. Scott, MD, PhD

Dr. Scott is responsible for all research activities of the National Spine Foundation. He is also an instructor at Harvard Medical School and on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Scott is an orthopedic surgeon and spine fellow. He earned his medical degree from Yale University and a PhD for arthritis-related thesis work from the University of Chicago.

    Director, Education and Community Affairs
Brenda Brouillette, RN, BS

Brenda is responsible for the foundation’s educational and community events. She has over 10 years experience in non-profit educational event planning, in addition to her extensive clinical background and marketing experience in the healthcare arena. Previously, she was with Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System as Physician Relations Specialist and Marketing Representative. Brenda also serves as Vice President of Business Development for Southeastern Spine Center & Research Institute. She earned a bachelors degree in Healthcare Leadership from National Lewis University.

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