Melanie H. Friedlander, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a doctor at Association of South Bay Surgeons in Torrance, California. 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. These are some of the procedures / diseases that Doctor Friedlander treats: Abscess, Appendicitis, Adrenal, Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Biopsy, Breast Surgery, Cancer, Colon, Cyst, Gallbladder Surgery, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Stomach, Hernia Repair, Lipoma, Mass, Melanoma, Myopathy, Parathyroid, Radioguided Surgery, Spleen, Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping, Thyroid.

Medical School
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical Schoo, Newark, NJ
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx , NY
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx , NY
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx , NY
  • USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
  • English
  • Spanish


Association of South Bay Surgeons
23451 Madison Street
Suite 340
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 373-6864
(310) 373-6065


  • General Surgery (Board Certified)
Clinical Interests
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cancer Diagnosis / Treatment
  • Colon & Rectal Disorders
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Skin Cancer
  • Thyroid Disorders


Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna HMO Plan
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Calif. Care HMO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Shield 65 Plus Senior Plan HMO
  • Blue Shield HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna HMO Plan
  • GWH-CIGNA (Great West) HMO
  • Health Net HMO
  • Health Net Seniority Plus HMO
  • Inter Valley Health Plan HMO
  • Medicare
  • Medi-Medi (Medicare-Medi-Cal)
  • United Healthcare HMO Plan
Insurance Medical Groups
  • HealthCare Partners Medical Group
  • Little Company of Mary IPA - HCP