Melanie H. Friedlander


Melanie H. Friedlander, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a doctor at Association of South Bay Surgeons. Dr. Friedlander enjoys all aspects of general surgery, but her primary areas of focus are breast surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery. She recently adopted an advanced, minimally invasive technique that reduces scar size in thyroid surgery. Dr. Friedlander is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons. She developed and published many scientific studies in highly esteemed medical journals.

Dr. Friedlander attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where she earned a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry. She then went on to New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey, where she earned her medical degree. Dr. Friedlander completed both her internship and residency in general surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.

She completed a fellowship in surgical research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Melanie Friedlander is the Co-Director of Breast Surgery for the Association of South Bay Surgeons. She was also selected to lead the Breast Surgery Program at the Hunt Cancer Institute of Torrance Memorial Medical Center, a Cedars-Sinai affiliate. Her practice focuses on providing the highest quality surgical care for patients with breast cancer and benign problems. She applies that compassion and dedication as well as a minimally invasive approach to thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy, and through robotic and laparoscopic surgery for hernias, adrenal masses, colon problems, and gallbladder disease. She combines her experience as a Clinical Instructor at USC with her personal attention to provide academic expertise and a concierge approach. Dr. Friedlander is proud to be designated a “Super Doctor” by her peers in LA, but her greatest joy is helping her patients through a difficult time.

SuperDoctors 2020, 2021, 2022

Awarded Top Doc 2021 by Top Doctors 


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