Dr. Melvin Lightford, MD

Dr. Melvin Lightford, MD

Internal Medicine  |  
Male  |  
59 y/o
13 reviews

Accepting new patients

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Benesight
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Employee Health Systems
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • One Health
  • Private HealthCare Systems
  • Signature Health Alliance
  • Tricare

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Dr. Lightford specializes in Internal Medicine and practices in Nashville, TN. He practices at 1 location.

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Dr. Lightford's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (5)
in Madison, TN |
After visiting Dr Lightford 2 months in a row, the third month he decided not to renew my BIPOLAR medication, telling my pharmacist to tell me I needed to come in for an appointment. I have been on these meds for years. After several phone calls and faxes, he finally sent in my meds - neither do you cut cold turkey and everyone knows you never stop bipolar meds when someone is doing well with them. On month later - same thing. Untrustworthy and does not look after the well being of his patients.
in Nashville, TN |
I have been a patient of his for 7+years and in that time when I do see him he questions me as if it's out FIRST encounter. He has my chart in his hand and NEVER KNOWS what's going on with me, asking ME what test HE'S run and their results. I have chronic back pain, severe muscle spasms and fatigue and he's done nothing but when I told him I went to IMS he called them quacks but they found out I had thyroid cancer in less than a month and the surgeon he referred me to messed up my vocal cords.
in Nashville, TN |
Because I grew up with dr. Melvin lightford would seem that my review would be a little biased. But I am the daughter of a doctor so I know a good doctor when I see one. Melvin fits the bill and will always be recommended by me.
in Westmoreland,Tn |
Doctor Lightford is always friendly and polite. He is very thorough and has a calming bedside manner. I am thankful to be a patient of Dr. Lightford.
in Nashville TN |
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Dr. Lightford's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Internal Medicine
  •  Board certified in Internal Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

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Board Certifications

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  • Internal Medicine

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  • Medical School
    Meharry Medical College

    Graduated in 1986

  • Internship Hospital
    Meharry Medical College
  • Residency Hospital
    Meharry Medical College

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Internal Medicine

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