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

  • Arm Lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Breast Implant Exchange
  • Breast Lift
  • Brow Lift
  • Cancer Center
  • Chin/cheek Implants
  • Endoscopic Cosmetic Surgery
  • Eyelid And Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Fat Injections
  • Injectables And Fillers For Facial Rejuvenation
  • Juvederm
  • Laser Peels
  • Laser Surgery
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender( LGBT Health)
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Non-invasive Rejuvenation
  • Perlane
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiesse
  • Restylane
  • Sculptra
  • Skin Care
  • Thigh Lifts
  • Wrinkle Fillers
View all 25 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging or Painful Skin
  • Congenital Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Facial Aging
  • Nose Deformity
  • Small Breast Size
  • Wrinkles
View all 6 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

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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 12/19/2019, 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

188 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

51 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

I am commenting on Dr. James Zins. He's terrific in all aspects. I will continue to seek his services.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Dr. Zins in one of the most kind, considerate and compassionate physicians I have ever encountered.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Dr. Zins is professional, kind and considerate.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Dr. Zins and his entire staff are very welcoming and cordial. They make you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Dr. Zins is very patient, calming, and explains everything thoroughly. He is amazing.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Dr Zins is wonderful! He takes his time, explains things thoroughly and answers all my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr. Zins was excellent in every way.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Dr Zins and his staff are awesome. They have a way of making you feel like you're their most important patient.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Dr.Zins was very patient. I never felt rushed when explaining my needs.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

visit and procedure was great. Dr. Zins explains all aspects of procedure and what to expect post OP. very happy with the entire team. I recommend Dr. Zins to anyone who is interested in plastic surgery

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

love dr zins! such a great guy. wonderful bedside manners

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

I recommend Dr. Zins to anyone who asks for a recommendation

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

I adore Dr. Zins. He is wonderful.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

I have been going to Dr. Zins for a number of years. He is an incredibly skilled and caring practitioner. I can't thank him enough for all he has done.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Dr Zins is always kind and I respect and have trusted his skills. However he is dismissive of my concerns and gives no explanation of some symptoms I still am having 6 months post OP. I would have appreciated some validation that my concerns were real and not been told it will just get better in time.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

I had a great experience when I was at the Cleveland Clinic. I thought Dr. Zinn's was very thorough in his assessment.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Dr. Zins was thorough.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Dr. Zins is amazing! compassionate and caring. He really listened!

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

he didn't think I was having the procedure done (due to scheduling miscommunication), but he completed it for me anyways even tho there wasn't time in his schedule. the dr was very nice and accommodating

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Dr. Zinns is direct in answered to all questions and provides clear explanations

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Dr. Zins took his time. Answered all of my questions and provided me with very through information. I absolutely love him and would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

Dr Zins is professional, a perfectionist & caring.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

very good experience. I never have any problems or issues with my appointments at the plastic surgery desk or with Dr. Zins office

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Dr.Zins and his staff are always pleasant and professional. highly recommend

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Dr. Zins and his staff are very professional and helped me feel better about my health and the reason I came to see him.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

dr Zins is an excellent plastic surgeon. I have recommended him to my friends many times and they have all been pleased with their results.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

DR. Zins and his whole staff were amazing. They were all very professional, even on a clearly busy day as evidenced by the patient traffic in the area.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr Zins and hiss team were highly professional and still warm and reassuring. I felt like I was royalty with the attention I received.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Dr. James Zins is professional, caring, and an absolute expert. I couldn't have asked for more.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Dr. Zins is the best and I am so pleased with the results!!! I have continued to recommend patients to him and will continue to do so in the future.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

I like that Dr. Zins used technology,he had me take pictures by phone to ensure successful results.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Very compassionate and caring doctor. Really listens to my concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

dr Zins is the most kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable physician I have ever encountered!

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

I have and will continue to recommend dr zins to anyone who needs a plastic surgeon

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Dr. Zins was professional, listened to my concerns and was straightforward with his opinion and recommendations. He was very kind.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

this past visit I felt very rushed and no time to answer questions. previous visits, some were excellent . this one not so satisfactory. he is a wonderful physician but extremely busy.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Dr Zins combines his personal charm withmedical excellence.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Dr. Zins is an excellent doctor. he always treats me with respect and discusses my options and benefits for me. I highly recommend him to others.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Dr. Zins is always courteous and expedient during appointments-also very good at his job!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

My experience with Dr. Zin's and his office is excellent just a wonderful surgeon and department

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

I wish we had more providers like Dr. Zin's and Denise they are just sooo thoughtful and kind Just a great office visit and a wonderful support staff.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

I recommend Dr. Zin's to everyone I know and meet he is just a fabulous surgeon and human being. I really like Denise the PA she is a wonderful provider.... The office has a good vibe everyone works well together... The financial counselor is really nice to work with too.....

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Wait time was satisfactory, provider and support staff respectful and considerate.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

My experience was excellent. Dr. Zins is very patient and thorough in his field. All great things to say about him, I was very happy with the results.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Really liked Dr.Zins! Very good bedside manner. Will make an appointment with him again!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Dr Zin and his nurse were extremely nice and answered all my concerns and questions... made me feel very comfortable

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Dr. Zins is not only an exceptional doctor, his bedside manner is second to none.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

The doctor cared about what was going on with my issue I like that a lot

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

Dr. Zinn is very personable and caring. He made me feel so comfortable.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Appointment was at 1:45 pm. Physician spoke to me at 3 pm. I was minutes away from walking out.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2019

Always pleasant experience with CC, doctors and staff

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