Willie V. Melvin III, MD, FACS

General & Robotic Surgery

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Dr. Willie Melvin

Board Certified General Surgeon
Robotic Surgeon


TSC Rutherford

515 StoneCrest Pkwy | Suite 230
Smyrna, TN 37167
TEL  615.223.9935   FAX 615.891.5046
Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4:30pm


Robotic Surgery
Robotic Assisted Laparoscopy (RAL)
RAL Stomach Surgery
RAL Gallbladder Surgery
RAL Colon Surgery
RAL Hernia Surgery


Laparoscopic Adrenal Removal
Laparoscopic Appendectomy
Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
Laparoscopic Surgery


Axillary Sentinel Node Biopsy
Axillary Sentinel Node Dissection
Breast Biopsy
Breast Cancer Surgery
Cancer Surgery
Lipoma Removal
Sebaceous Cyst Removal
Skin Cancer Excision
Skin Mole Excision
Surgical Oncology


Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair
Anti Reflux Surgery
Colon Surgery
Endoscopic Placed Gastric Tube
Endoscopic Placed Jejunal Tube
Endoscopic Surgery
Gallbladder Surgery
General Surgery
Hemorrhoid Surgery
Hiatal Hernia Repair
Inguinal Hernia Repair
Liver Biopsy
Pancreas Surgery
Parastomal Hernia Repair
Placement of Gastric Electric Stimulator
Port-a-Cath Insertion/Removal
Repair of Recurrent Hernias
Stomach Surgery
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
TIF for Reflux – Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication


Medical School:

Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN


St. Joseph Hospital
Houston, TX

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Professional SOCIETIES:

Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons

Society of Robotic Surgeons

Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Metabolic Surgeons

Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgeons

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons

Southeastern Surgical Congress

American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgeons

American Society of Veteran Administration Surgeons

American College of Surgeons

Stones River Regional IPA

Master Surgeon

Dr. Willie Melvin has earned the Surgeon of Excellence in Hernia Surgery accreditation.


Surgeons of Excellence

SRC awarded the Hernia Surgery accreditation to Dr. Willie Melvin after thoroughly reviewing surgical outcomes data, medical records and internal processes.

Meet Dr. Melvin

HAL-RAR Patient Testimonial

I’m able to hike in these beaufitul mountains today thanks to Dr. Willie Melvin in Smyrna, TN. He’s a surgeon who knows about the HAL-RAR procedure, which is a hemmorhoid procedure. I dealt with hemmorhoids for about 10 years and was miserable not being able to hike or play tennis like I wanted to do. My doctors in Memphis said it was time for surgery. So I looked into the surgery and it was going to be a lot of cutting and cauterizing and it seemed like there should be a better way. After searching online, I found out about the HAL-RAR procedure and called The Surgical Clinic who put me in touch with Dr. Melvin in Smyrna, TN.

General Robotic Surgery

In the hands of Dr. Willie Melvin, the minimally invasive precise movements of tiny instruments of the da Vinci Robot may be the way your surgery is performed. Rather than the surgeon’s hands in your body, their hand movements are guiding robotic tools. Using a tiny camera with a light that sends precise videos to a monitor in the operating room theater, Dr. Melvin is able to guide the entirety of the surgical procedure from hand held instruments at a control panel.

This Robotic surgical technique means small incisions, the ability for Dr. Melvin to zoom in and magnify the area of concern all with great precision. This targeted surgical approach generally allows patients to recover faster with less pain and less need for pain medications. Making this one of the best procedures available from a general surgeon in Nashville, TN.


Dr. Willie Melvin, board certified general/advanced laparoscopic/robotic surgeon at The Surgical Clinic | TSC Rutherford, speaks with Andrea Millers from EndoGastric Solutions about anti-reflux (GERD) procedures known as TIF. *GERD – GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease, also referred to as acid reflux or heartburn.

Learn more about what GERD is and what types of symptoms patients can typically feel if they’re suffering from GERD or acid reflux.

Heartburn FAQ

Welcome to the 1st in a series of seminars with Dr. Melvin! Today’s focus is on heartburn – “Is your heartburn something more serious?

What is heartburn?

Heartburn is a term commonly used to describe symptoms. Most of the burning sensation is the epigastric, or upper abdomen area next to the heart. A lot of patients come in and present to the emergency room with symptoms similar to a heart attack. It goes by the name of heartburn, indigestion, reflux, acid reflux… All of those describe the symptoms presented from the regurgitation of acid from the stomach to the esophagus.

How do you manage heartburn? Initially, symptoms may present once or twice after a certain event or after certain meals, sometimes we overindulge at Thanksgiving and all of that pressure forces more acid up. The reality is that all of us have reflux; it’s a normal physiological response. The difference is that normally once you get that reflux, there’s an inherent mechanism that flushes away (or neutralizes/clears away) that process. In the standing position, if you have reflux, acid would then go down because of gravity. The alkaline nature of your saliva as you swallow, it neutralizes some of that reflux. The normal valve mechanism that causes things to go in one direction sometimes doesn’t work well and that presents with a pathologic problem of acid reflux disease, heartburn, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Initially, once heartburn has been treated, sometimes you can get medicines over the counter. A lot of these are more powerful, anti-acid or acid blocking medicine, which is okay once in awhile.

How to reduce initial heartburn: adjust your diet, don’t over eat, have smaller portions over a day period, modify your behavior, don’t eat too late and then lay down. Learn more about what heartburn is and how to treat it from Dr. Melvin.

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