Melanie Hafford, M.D.

  • Bariatric Surgery

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Melanie Lynette Hafford, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, foregut surgery, and minimally invasive general surgery. 

Dr. Hafford earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. She completed a residency in surgery at UT Southwestern and received advanced training in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery through a fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital. She also received the Karl Storz IRCAD Fellow Award, through which she studied advanced endoscopic techniques in Strasbourg, France. 

Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, Dr. Hafford is the Director of Bariatric Surgery at UT Southwestern’s Frisco campus. Previously, she served as UTSW’s interim head of bariatric surgery from 2014 to 2016. 

She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Association of Women Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. She was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2021 and 2022.

Personal Note

Outside of medicine, Dr. Hafford enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and reading.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - Medical College of Georgia (2003-2007)
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2007-2012), General Surgery
  • Fellowship - Methodist Hospital (2012-2013), Minimally Invasive/bariatric Surgery
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2021-2022
  • Best Doctors in Collin County 2021, D Magazine

Clinical Focus

  • Bariatric Surgery

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