Dr. Whitney Burrell

Plastic Surgery | M.D. Los Angeles, CA
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Specialty Procedures

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Body Contouring

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Dr. Whitney 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. Whitney 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.

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.

Since moving to the West Coast, Dr. Whitney Burrell has enthusiastically pursued her love of outdoor activities. A competitive athlete in high school and college, she’s a dedicated cyclist and runner. Hiking Southern California’s numerous trails is also a passion she shares with her husband, along with adventure travel.

Dr. Burrell’s Curriculum Vitae
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Education & Training:

Keck Medical Center of USC
Microsurgery Fellow
Los Angeles, CA
August 2013-July 2014

New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Plastic Surgery Resident
New York, NY
July 2010-June 2013

New York-Methodist Hospital
General Surgery Resident
Brooklyn, NY
July 2005-June 2010

Weill Cornell Medical College
Doctor of Medicine
New York, NY
August 2000-June 2005

Columbia University
New York, NY
Certificate Pre-Med Studies

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
Bachelor of Arts, English


Medical Board of California, 2013 – present
Medical Board of New York, 2009
United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, 2009 – present

Board Certification:

American Board of Plastic Surgery
expires 7/2025
American Board of Surgery
expires 7/2023

Awards & Recognition:

Resident of Distinction, 2012-2013, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Administrative Chief Resident, 2012-2013, Division of Plastic Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Most Outstanding Surgical Resident, 2009-2010, New York-Methodist Hospital
Administrative Chief Resident, 2009-2010, New York-Methodist Hospital


LX Man, LC Park, MJ Terry, JM Mason, WA Burrrell, F Liu, BY Kimball, SM Moorji, JA Lee, AS Breirbart. Lentiviral Gene Therapy with Platelet-Derived Growth Factor B Sustains Accelerated Healing of Diabetic Wounds Over Time. Ann Plast Surg, 2005 Jul; 55(1)81-86.

Reiffel, Alyssa J.; Jimenez, Natalia; Burrell, Whitney A.; Millet, Yoann H.; Dent, Briar L.; Pomp, Alfonso; Dakin, Gregory F.; Spector, Jason A. Body Contouring after Bariatric Surgery: How Much is Really Being Done? Annals of Plastic Surgery, 3 October 2012.

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