Whitney Burrell, MD, FACS

plastic and reconstructive surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
South Bay Plastic Surgeons
Torrance, CA

I specialize in breast reconstruction and body contouring procedures.

Professional Statement

Dr. Whitney A. Burrell is a board-certified plastic surgeon whose impressive educational credentials and training include a microsurgery fellowship at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California. Dr. Burrell specializes in breast reconstruction and body contouring procedures. The women and men who visit her in Torrance at South Bay Plastic Surgeons appreciate her caring personality and exceptional results. Dr. Burrell believes that forming a strong, team-oriented relationship with patients is an important part of getting desired results in cosmetic surgery. Working closely with patients, especially women considering breast reconstruction, enables Dr. Burrell to understand their cosmetic goals and create a surgical plan that will best achieve those goals. Her warmth with patients is complemented by outstanding technical skills in all types of plastic surgery. The daughter of a cancer surgeon, Dr. Burrell understands both the physical and emotional needs of patients who are considering breast reconstruction after mastectomy. She is fellowship-trained in specialized surgical techniques used in reconstructive surgery. Dr. Burrell excelled at some of the nation’s finest universities, earning an undergraduate degree at Princeton and a certificate in general studies at Columbia before completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. The Atlanta native was then awarded Most Outstanding Surgical Resident at New York-Methodist Hospital, where she completed her general surgery residency. She finished a 3-year plastic surgery residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she received the Resident of Distinction award and was appointed to the administrative chief resident’s position. She then completed the yearlong microsurgery fellowship at Keck Medical Center of USC before joining South Bay Plastic Surgeons in Torrance, CA. In addition to her diverse educational and training background, Dr. Burrell has pursued research in a broad range of subjects that have led to her co-authoring papers on body contouring, bariatric surgery, gene therapy, and diabetic wound healing. She has also presented research to specialty associations, such as the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons.


11 years






South Bay Plastic Surgeons3640 Lomita BoulevardTorrance, CA 90505


  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Areas (10)

  • Arm
  • Body
  • Breasts
  • Face
  • Hair
  • Lower Eyelid
  • Nose
  • Skin
  • Thigh
  • Upper Eyelid

Education & Affiliations

Education & Training

  • Fellowships

    Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California

    General Plastic Surgery, Microvascular Surgery

  • Residency

    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

    New York-Methodist Hospital

    Trained from 06/01/2005 to 06/30/2010

  • Undergraduate School

    Princeton University


  • Graduate School

    Weill Cornell Medical College


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - General

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center
  • Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro

Awards & Recognitions

  • Resident of Distinction-New York-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Most Outstanding Surgical Resident-York-Methodist Hospital

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