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Title Emeritus Chair & Section Head of Cosmetic Surgery
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.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 11/22/2022, 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

164 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

60 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr. Zins and his staff are always more than cordial and accommodating.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

No other doctor as caring and talented as Dr. Zins.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Dr Zins is the consumate professional. His care is nothing less than Excellent.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Dr. Zins is the best. He is very ethical and can always trust his opinion.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Dr. Zins was knowledgeable, approachable, and made things very clear.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Dr. Zins is always great - I trust him completely to provide the care that is right for me

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

I always recommend Dr. Zins - his team is always respectful and kind.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Have recommended Dr Zins to many friends

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Dr.Zins is an all around Rock Star of a Physician. He listens, he cares and you feel like you are his only patient. He is one of a kind.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Exceptional doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

The entire team for Dr. Zins is excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Dr. Zins is an incredible physician and surgeon. He answered all of my questions about an issue I was having post surgery and provided the least invasive remedy to correct the issue.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

I love Dr. Zins! He is a wonderful person and cares deeply for his patients!

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Dr. Zins is just a fantastic and caring doctor, not to mention he is so skilled.More should be care like he does.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

One of the Best Doctors I have ever met!!!! He is a true blessing! I was honored to have him as my doctor!!!! Thank you for all you do!!!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Dr. Zins is the best!

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Dr Zins is phenomenal

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Doctor Zinder is the BEST! Expert, warm hearted and caring

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

None better than Dr Zins!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dr Zins and his staff are great!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Dr Zins is such a warm and caring doctor. He is doing follow up for my surgery done last year.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Love Dr Zins!!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Dr Zins team is very helpful and responsive! A pleasure to work with the team!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Dr Zins is the very best, always listening, caring and he spent the time needed to thoroughly address my needs.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

The very best - I travel from Indianapolis for the quality care Dr Zins and his team provide!

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Dr. Zins is an outstanding physician in every aspect. Top notch specialist and incredible level of skills, matched with great communications, spends a generous amount of time explaining, discussing and listening. Absolutely, my most favorite physician.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Excellent experience with Dr. Zin and all the staff.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Dr. Zin is clearly a highly experienced surgeon and he was very clear and thorough about explaining procedures, risks, answering questions etc.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Dr. Zins is excellent - he is really the best in all services and procedures he has ever performed on me - and very kind.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Dr. Zins is the best and he takes his time with each patient and explains options in detail- very personable and an outstanding surgeon!!

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.

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