Surgical Specialties

at UT Southwestern Frisco

12500 Dallas Parkway, 2nd Floor
Frisco, Texas 75033 (Directions)

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Located at the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Cobb Hill Drive.

UT Southwestern Frisco provides patients with easy access to advanced surgical care, right here in Frisco. Our surgeons are committed to the highest quality of patient care and to collaborating with referring physicians to achieve optimum results. 

All surgical services requiring anesthesia will take place at UT Southwestern’s partner site – the new Texas Health Hospital Frisco – located right next door. Vascular surgery procedures happen right in the medical office building.

We support multiple outstanding surgical programs. Some of the most prevalent of these are:

Learn more about our surgeons and specialties at UTSW Frisco

Dr. Melanie Hafford

Meet Dr. Hafford

Melanie Lynette Hafford, M.D., is the Director of Bariatric Surgery at UT Southwestern’s Frisco campus, and she is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. She specializes in laparoscopic bariatric surgery, foregut surgery, and minimally invasive general surgery. 

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UT Southwestern’s Bariatric Surgery Program has made pioneering advances in weight-loss surgery for more than two decades. Our accredited Bariatric Surgery Center offers all types of bariatric operations – including minimally invasive and robotic procedures – as well as comprehensive support services for pre- and post-operative patients.

Bariatric surgery includes procedures such as: 

Dr. Ana Islam

Meet Dr. Islam

Ana Islam, M.D., is an endocrine surgeon specializing in disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. She is board-certified in general surgery and her research has focused on recurrent kidney stones after successful parathyroidectomy, laparoscopic versus robotic adrenalectomy, excessive weight gain after pancreas transplantation, and persistence of de novo donor-specific antibodies after lung transplantation.

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UT Southwestern is widely recognized as a leading clinical and research center for the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of conditions related to the endocrine system. When endocrine surgery is needed, we offer care that’s second to none in North Texas – and among the best in the world – for procedures such as:

  • Thyroidectomy (including thyroid lobectomy, total thyroidectomy, completion thyroidectomy, and reoperative neck operations
  • Parathyroidectomy (including reoperative parathyroidectomy)
  • Cervical lymphadenectomy (including central and lateral neck dissections)
  • Adrenalectomy (laparoscopic and robotic)

Meet Dr. Gonzalez-Guardiola

Gerardo Gonzalez-Guardiola, M.D., specializes in vascular surgery, with a focus on complex aortic surgery, aortic graft infection, cerebrovascular revascularization, and limb salvage. He completed a residency in general surgery and received advanced training in vascular and endovascular surgery. He serves on the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Initiative for Decreasing Pneumonia and Ventilator Over 48 Hours Task Force and joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2021.

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Our vascular surgeons provide advanced, minimally invasive therapies to effectively treat vascular conditions, including:

Preparing for Your Appointment

To make the most of your time with the doctor, prepare a list of questions ahead of time and bring it to your appointment.

On the day of the appointment, please arrive 20 minutes early to allow time for parking and registration. We do our best to see patients at their scheduled appointment time. 

Please bring the following items:

  • Current insurance card
  • Method of payment
  • Current medications
  • Completed paperwork, if you received forms before the visit

To facilitate ongoing communication, we recommend patients sign up with MyChart, which allows patients to communicate directly with doctors, request prescription refills, update contact information, view test results, and request clinic appointments. Sign in to or sign up for MyChart.

Canceling an Appointment

If you need to cancel your appointment, please notify the center at least 48 hours in advance so that we can accommodate other patients waiting to schedule an appointment.

Prescriptions and Refills

It is very important that you do not run out of your medication. Be sure that you have sufficient refills to last until your next appointment with your provider. We are happy to provide you with a written prescription upon request.

If you run out of refills, please call your pharmacy and your pharmacist will fax a refill request to us. Please allow us 24 to 48 hours to process refill requests.