Melanie H. Friedlander, MD, FACS

Breast & General Surgery & Minimally Invasive Surgery located in Torrance, CA & San Pedro, CA

Dr. Melanie Friedlander is the Co-Director of Breast Surgery for the 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. 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.

Dr. Friedlander's career began on the east coast, where she graduated from a 6-year general surgery residency which included a 1 year research fellowship in New York. She relocated to the West Coast for a fellowship at the University of Southern California. Falling in love with the west coast, she found a home in Torrance, California with the Association of South Bay Surgeons. As the first female surgeon to be offered partnership in the practice, she is now the President.

Dr. Friedlander has served as Chief of Surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and is currently the Chief of Surgery at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro. She also serves on the Medical Executive Committee at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance. She volunteers her time on the Board of the Cancer Support Community. Through regular speaking events, she works to raise awareness in the community, both for physicians and patients.




Had never had a surgery.  She made feel at ease and was able to answer all my questions with no problem.(Karen Martinez)

Dr. Friedlander was very friendly and helpful. So were the members of her office staff. (Sylvia Welner)

Did a fantastic job and fixed my problem professionally. (Bruce Harvey)

Dr. Friedlander was so nice to meet and very reassuring. She answered all my questions with honesty and I look for to her performing my surgery. (Kalei Eguchi)

Very friendly office...and doctor. (Anita Sack)