Dr. Matthew (Max) Reiss currently serves as the Medical Director of the
Torrance Memorial Burn Center. Dr. Reiss is a Plastic Surgeon who trained
at the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center and Regional Burn Center
not only in Reconstructive Surgery, but also is further trained as a Burn
Surgeon. After completing his Burn rotations as a trainee, Dr. Reiss fell
in love with the complexity of burn care of the acutely injured burn patient
and the reconstructive efforts in order to give the burn patient the best
outcome possible. Dr. Reiss has been active in developing an Educational
Outreach Program to the burn care community in the South Bay, as well
as developing burn survivor support programs and helping to bring the
SOAR program to our burn unit (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery).
The team approach to burn care, which involves not only multiple specialties,
but also the families of patients, and patients themselves, make burn
care a particularly fulfilling specialty. Dr. Reiss is a member of the
American Burn Association and attends their yearly Burn Conferences in
Dr. Reiss attended the University of California at Berkeley where he majored
in History with a focus in Medical History. He then attended New York
Medical College where he received his MD/MPH.
A dedicated family man, Dr. Reiss is the father of three. He loves waking
them up before school to play ping pong, or walk the dog. His other interests
include tennis, good food, and travel. He has lived in the U.S., Canada,
and England, but has settled in Southern California where his wife’s
very large family is based. Growing up in Montreal Canada, Dr. Reiss speaks
fluent French. Living in Southern California he also has learned Spanish,
and at home speaks only in Spanish with his children.
Dr. Reiss has also completed research and is published in the area of Wounds.
After completing his Burn Fellowship he also became interested in Advanced
Wound Healing. He spent several years in the lab doing research in healing
and has presented and is published in this area as well, winning a
Young Investigator Award from the
Wound Healing Society in 2006. Nevertheless his true love is taking care of patients and after
completing his training was very excited to join the Torrance Memorial