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Melissa Gaffney, NP

4.8 out of 5 (81 Ratings)


General Surgery

About Melissa Gaffney

Melissa Gaffney earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Rhode Island College (RIC) in Providence, RI. While practicing for several years as a Registered Nurse, she further developed expertise in the care of surgical and acute care hospitalized patients. She increased her knowledge, skill and abilities by returning to RIC to pursue a Master of Science degree in Nursing, with an emphasis on the Surgical First Assist role. Upon completion, she was certified to practice as a Nurse Practitioner, to provide acute care to adults and geriatric patients. Her clinical interests include patients undergoing General Surgery and Bariatric Weight Loss.

As a Southcoast Health employee since 2015, Melissa’s personal philosophy has aligned with Southcoast’s slogan “More than medicine”. Her practice encompasses therapeutic communication, compassionate, safe and quality care with each patient encounter.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys walking and hiking with her yellow Labrador Retriever, as well as traveling and trying new restaurants with friends and family.


Practicing at the following locations:

  1. Charlton Memorial Hospital

    363 Highland Avenue
    Fall River, MA 02720

    P: 508-679-3131

    Get Directions 41.7098056 -71.1458738

Insurances Accepted

Southcoast accepts most major insurance plans. Call the Southcoast patient registration department at 844-297-2952 or your health plan with any questions regarding coverage.

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Patient Comments (24)

At Southcoast Health, we strive to deliver exceptional patient care along with an exceptional patient experience. We appreciate all of your feedback and share your comments to recognize the wonderful care our teams provide to you as well as identify areas for improvement.

  • Melissa Np was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. Very positive experience.

  • Melissa was absolutely fantastic. She answered all of my questions, gave me a lot of feedback, took the time to explain everything in detail. And I did not feel pressured at all that she needed to go on to that station or that she couldn't answer my questions. She was extremely supportive and I'm looking forward to the next time I get to work with her.

  • Melissa is always attentive and supportive in each visit. She listens well and offers suggestions and solutions when needed. Melissa takes time to have a conversation with you and never makes you feel like you are a burden bringing up an issue. She has really helped me on my weight loss journey.

  • The visit was easy and I learned a bit more about my health

  • Very professional and to the point - no need to sugar coat anything! Gets me in and out in a timely manner and the staff is so friendly

  • Melissa and staff were friendly, informative, and gave full attention !

  • Courteous, patient, professional, informative

  • Nothing needs to be done

  • Melissa and all of the office staff were pleasant and respectful as well as knowledgeable. All of my questions were answered thoroughly and everything was easy for me to understand. This was a great experience.

  • Thank you so much. The South Coast doctors are always on top of everything and I appreciate all of the help I've received.

  • I love Melissa she is so nice.

  • She was rushing and didn't seem very concerned about the questions I tried to ask.

  • It was all good, keep up the good work.

  • Absolutely great experience. Keep it up!!!

  • I always feel comfortable and not afraid to ask questions

  • Every aspect performed with excellence.Receptionist, administering nurse both very efficient, confident and personable. Likewise Nurse Practitioner Gaffney displayed very pleasant manner whilst providing necessary information. A very reassuring experience.

  • Excelente

  • Very knowledgeable and gave me all my options

  • I felt at ease with the staff and my nurse practitioner Melissa Gaffney.I did not feel rushed so was comfortable asking questions and discussing concerns.

  • Melissa is the most compassionate medical profession I've ever dealt with .I've never had a professional in this capacity be as encouraging and supportive as she has is

  • Very well mannered and professional staff including the interns in the lab

  • Great program!

  • Was able to be seen the following day.

  • Melissa Gaffney, NP was knowledgeable and respectful. She had a common goal in ensuring I was comfortable with my health plan as a patient under her care. She took the time to understand my health history, and gave me options in regard to choices with my health. I recommend her to anyone who is looking to establish with the office, and who is struggling with weight management issues.

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