Meet Dr. Michael A. Burnstine

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology

Michael A. Burnstine, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology

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Dr. Michael A. Burnstine earned his MD from the Harvard Medical School. He completed an internship in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital followed by his ophthalmology residency at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There, he served as chief resident in Ophthalmology. He received his fellowship training in oculofacial surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago Eye and Ear Infirmary and Michael Reese Hospital with Allen M. Putterman, M.D. Dr. Burnstine is a Fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). He is the recipient of the Merrill Reeh Pathology Award and Marvin Quickert Thesis Award from ASOPRS as well as the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


Dr. Burnstine began his career at the Doheny Eye Institute at the Keck School of Medicine in 1997 as the Chief of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He left Doheny in 2003 and joined Dr. Steven C. Dresner and co-founded Eyesthetica in 2004. In 2015, he was recruited back to join the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute faculty. There, he serves as Clinical Professor and is the Director of the ASOPRS Oculofacial Plastic Surgery Fellowship at USC and teaches the USC ophthalmology residents the finer points of oculofacial surgery. He is also an Associate Preceptor for the ASOPRS Oculofacial and Cosmetic Surgery fellowship at Eyesthetica. Dr. Burnstine has published extensively in peer reviewed medical journals as well as written many book chapters. Currently, he is editing a book on Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery of the Upper Face: Eyelid Ptosis, Dermatochalasis, and Eyebrow Ptosis. He lectures nationally and internationally on many topics related to oculofacial surgery.

In his time off, Dr. Burnstine enjoys his marriage to singer and songwriter Diana Lorden and spending time with their two children, Adam and Zachary.

Dr. Burnstine is available for patient consultations in Eyesthetica’s Pasadena, Valencia, and Downtown Los Angeles offices.


Dr. Burnstine is a highly sought-after surgeon who has years of expertise in ophthalmic plastic surgery. He most recently shared his tried-and-true techniques with other surgeons in the industry by authoring the book Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery of the Upper Face.

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