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Department Plastic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominoplasty
  • Arm Lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Implant Exchange
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Brow Lift
  • Cancer Center
  • Chin/cheek Implants
  • Cosmetic Botox Injections
  • Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Abdomen
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Body
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Breast
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face
  • Endoscopic Cosmetic Surgery
  • EyeLid and Brow Lifts
  • Eyelid And Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Facial Implants
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Facial Surgery
  • Fat Injections
  • Forehead & Eyebrow Surgery
  • Forehead Lift
  • Hair Plugs
  • Injectables And Fillers For Facial Rejuvenation
  • Juvederm
  • Laser Peels
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Laser Surgery
  • Lasers
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender( LGBT Health)
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Lipoplasty
  • Neck Lift
  • Non-invasive Face Lift, Brow & Neck
  • Non-invasive Rejuvenation
  • Perlane
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Radiesse
  • Restylane
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Sculptra
  • Septoplasty
  • Skin Care
  • Surgical and Non-Surgical Facial Enhancement
  • Thigh Lifts
  • Wrinkle Fillers
View all 51 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging
  • Aging or Painful Skin
  • Congenital Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Facial Aging
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nose Deformity
  • Ptosis
  • Small Breast Size
  • Wrinkles
View all 10 Specialties +


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About James Zins, MD

James E. Zins, MD, is the Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Dr. Zins completed his internship, residency in general and plastic surgery and a fellowship in craniofacial research at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed a maxillofacial fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England, and an honorary research fellowship at University College Hospital in London.

Dr. Zins specializes in facial cosmetic surgery including face lifts (rhytidectomy); neck, forehead and eyebrow lifts; eyelid surgery and cosmetic nose reshaping (rhinoplasty). His interests include Botox® and cosmetic injectable fillers, including human fat injections, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Radiesse®, Restylane® and Sculptra®.

He has been listed as a life member of the National Registry’s Who’s Who, in Best Doctors in the Midwest, and in Cleveland Magazine’s "Top Doctors."

A frequent lecturer at national and international meetings, Dr. Zins has served as the president of the Northeast Ohio Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons. He also is a founding member of the American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a board member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.  Additionally, Dr. Zins is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and serves as an Oral Board senior examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

He serves on the editorial boards of multiple plastic surgery journals including Associate Editor of the Aesthetic Section of the Annals of Plastic Surgery; Associate Editor of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and on the editorial board of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

He has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed plastic surgery journals and more than 10 book chapters. He is an innovator of face lift alternatives.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Hospital for Sick Children
London, England

Residency - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Plastic Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Residency - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
General Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Fellowship - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Craniofacial Research
Philadelphia, PA USA

Internship - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
General Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Medical Education - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Undergraduate - Princeton University
Princeton, NJ USA


  • Plastic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Cosmetic Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Northern Ohio Live, "Top Docs," 2007
  • Best Doctors in America, 2005-2006
  • America’s Top Physicians, 2004-2005
  • Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2004
  • Best Doctors in America, 2003-2004
  • Best Doctors,, 2001-2002
  • National Registry of Who’s Who, Life Member (Membership #108-548), 2000 Edition
  • Cleveland Clinic Teacher of the Year, 2001-2002
  • Top Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 1998
  • The Best Doctors in America: Midwest Region, Woodward/White, Inc., 1998
  • The Best Doctors in America: Midwest Region, Woodward/White, Inc., 1996

Innovations & Patents

  • Popularized the minimally invasive neck lift
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for James Zins, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/4/2021, Dr. Zins has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

186 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

63 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr Zins entire staff is prompt, efficient and always polite.

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr Zins is the BEST! I know when I visit with him that my questions, concerns and issues are addressed with care and genuine answers. He never rushes through my appointments and explains in detail his plan. When I was advised to see a plastic surgeon by my dermatologist, I immediately said Dr Zins! He's more than a plastic surgeon to my family.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

Great dr and staff

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Dr. Zinns, has excellent bedside manner. He was friendly and kept me at ease. During my procedure I had absolutely no pain and I was lucky to have them as my doctor. I believe he is one of Cleveland clinics shining stars

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

First time meeting Dr. Zins and he was awesome. Very respectful, patient and considerate. Would highly recommend him. The nurse assistant, Roxanna, was wonderful, too.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2022

Dr. Zins is fantastic!

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

The best by Dr Zins and his staff!!

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Dr. Zins is without a doubt one of the best doctors who I have ever met. Highly skilled, yet very personable and takes the time to listen and answer questions and address concerns - a perfect blend of all attributes that a patient could hope for. He is highly respected by his staff. Absolutely top notch In every category. I couldn't be happier with my surgical outcome.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Dr. Zins is an outstanding doctor - efficient, highly skilled and excellent at explaining everything In detail.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

All pleased with the staff in Dr. Zins office.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2022

Dr. Zins and his Nurse were excellent and very nice to me

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2022

Dr Zins is a great plastic surgeon to whom I have been going for 25 years.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022


Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

Love Dr Zins

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

I know that Dr. Zin is the Best!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

I had excellent service from Dr. Zins and his staff. Top notch service.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

I would certainly recommend Dr. Zins to anyone needing these services.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Dr Zins is so very kind

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Dr. Zins is exceptional!

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Dr Zins is one of the best Drs I've ever seen. He listens, is easy to contact and does excellent work. He makes you feel like your concerns are important.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Dr Zins exceeded all my expectations.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

My patient experience with Dr. Zins is outstanding!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Dr. Zins is a very caring, kind and compassionate surgeon and I'm very pleased with the care that he has provided!

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Dr Zins is one of the best doctors I ever had

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Dr. Zins was very nice. I was not interested in any surgery options and told him so but his recommendation was a ( cosmetic ) surgery option. He also told me not to wear sunscreen as it made me appear greasier

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

Great experience. Provider listened to my concerns and was very quick and thorough

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Dr. Zins is a wonderful, caring doctor. He goes the extra mile. He is easy to get a hold of, and will get right back to you.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Dr Zins and the nurses caring for me are excellent and will still receive my care here in spite of some of the negatives

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Dr. Zins and his staff have been very professional and caring throughout my experiences with them.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

I met with Dr Zin and he was very polite,answered my questions and concerns, I trust that he will do a great job. He has the experience, & knowledge. To make this a great experience.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

I absolutely love Dr. Zins and have been recommending him to friends for years now. He is absolutely wonderful!

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Thank you Dr. Zins! You are the best!

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Dr. Zins is wonderful. In fact he gave me his personal cell phone so that I could reach out to him directly if I couldn't reach his staff.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

Dr Zins and office is pleasant to work with

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Dr Zins is awesome as a surgeon and every post op appt with him is informative and meets my medical needs

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr. Zins is always great. His assistant on this day was excellent as well.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

*Dr. Zins is an out surgeon! He is so kind and has a wonderful bedside manner! He treats his patients very well and cares for them exceptionally well! I will refer others to him!

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

The doctor and his staff from my first consultation to the recovery room were outstanding. They were the nicest people I have ever experienced. I cannot say enough about my experience with them.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Dr. Zins is a very talented and caring physician.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr. Zins is incredible. He is very personable and east to talk to. He surgically removed a lesion my husband had on his leg because he was concerned how it looked! He was seeing me as the patient but was kind enough to remove the lesion because he knew how far out the dermatologists were booking. He is amazing!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

My experience at the Clinic has always been very good. The staff that were present at my surgery with Dr. Zins were top notch. Even the anesthesiologist spent time discussing with me what would go on in the OR and that she would be "spending her day with me"! The staff and Dr. Zins are amazing people who really care about their patient.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

I actually did not have an appointment. My wife was in with Dr Zins. When she was finished I pointed out some spots on my leg and asked him if it was something to be concerned with. He intermediately had me get on the exam table. After further review he said it needed to come off and sent to the lab. I thought I was going to have to come back with an appointment but he knew I was coming from Westlake. He said it was the end of the day and he was fine. HE was more concerned about me coming back than him getting home. He and his nurse Jayme worked in tandem and within 15 minutes both spots were removed and he stitched me up. Quickest appointment I ever made.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Dr Zins and Jayme worked in tandem like music. She knew what he was asking for before he even requested it. I left there stunned that I came there for my wife's visit and left as a patient

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Dr Zins has the beat bedside manner of any Doctor I've ever gone too. He listens and takes his time to explain things. Looking forward to my surgery with him in November

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

I adore Dr Z as a person and his skills!

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Dr. Zinns and the entire staff are outstanding. Beyond my expectations.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr Zins office team is very helpful!

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr Zin's and his PA were wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

I've been a patient of Dr. Zins for more than 25 years. I gave every question a 5 and they all deserve to be a 5. He and his staff are the best. I cannot say enough about the high quality service and excellent care I have recieved.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Dr. Zins is the absolute best!

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Dr. JZ and his team is outstanding!!

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Dr Zins is an excellent doctor. I have recommended many of my friends to Dr Zins and all of them have been happy.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Dr. Z ends and his staff was very professional and part I didn't realize that I would get the procedure that I need it the same day. It was a great experience

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Dr Zins is awesome!! He made the appointment himself, lol. He has cared for me since my face lift in 2019 and continues to do so for my botox. I can't imagine going to any one else!

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Dr listened to what I wanted, gave me all my options and never made me feel pressured to go a certain way.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Dr. James Zins is fantastic. Love the results of my elective surgery. He is kind, friendly and professional.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Really great doctor first time for me with him. I'll be coming back !

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr Zins Excellent doctor! First time seeing him & I will be back.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr. Zins and his team are fantastic!

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Always positive when seeing Dr.Z

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

I had a very nice experience with Dr Zins and his team. I am very happy with the results of the service

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

I arrived 15 minutes early and was called in five minutes later. Dr Zins was attentive and. dry efficient. He even removed a small growth face even though it was not my initial reason for seeing him

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