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 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

157 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
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Dr Zins was thorough, friendly and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

Dr. Zins is respectful and and an excellent practitioner.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

dr. zinc was sooo nice. truly human

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

This is a very caring Doctor. He is even funny

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Dr. Zinns and his staff are excellent. I've recommended him to several people.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Dr. Zins is a wonderful doctor who always explains everything.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

If I could give Dr. Zins and his PA/nurses and fellow a 10 on a 1-5 scale, I would! Dr. Zins exceeded every expectation I had -- his work was FANTASTIC, his pre-and post-care was kind and attentive, and he was very warm with a good bedside manner. His nurses/PAs (Melinda, Jamie and the last one whose name I forgot) were terrific -- good cheer, kind, patient. This was just a terrific experience!

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Dr. could not have been nicer. He felt really bad about the waiting room experience.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Dr. Zins is the Dr. Fauci of Plastic Surgery! He is the BEST!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Dr. Zins was very attentive and answered all of my questions. Very reassuring.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Dr Zin's and his team are great. Always prompt, professional and a pleasure to work with. They always take a minute to listen to any concerns and suggest the best solution.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Martha and the entire dr Zins team are fabulous!

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Dr Zins is compassionate, caring and incredibly knowledgeable about best course of treatment and options.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Dr. Zins is an excellent care provider!

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Dr. Zins staff is fabulous as is the good doctor!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

great doctor & staff. everyone at this office is friendly, pleasant, efficient and they ALL do a great job!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

dr. Zin is the best!!!

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

excellent information shared by dr Zins nurse prior to my meeting with him

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

I have recommended dr.zins and his fine team to local people. they are top notch.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

I found it strange dr zinns did not identify the man he came in with. I assume he was a scribe but actually have no way of knowing that as he was ignored ....

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

dr Zins is the best!

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

I was highly impressed with Dr. Zins. Exceptional medical experience.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

For the consultation with Dr. Zins, the facetime interaction was very effective.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Covid19 was a little hurdle. not anything that could be controlled by the doctor but did cause a delay.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr Zins is always very caring and spends as much time as you need to discuss any concerns/questions

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Dr. Zins you are great and your presentation is excellent

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr. Zinz and his staff was very professional.

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

Dr. Zins was excellant

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Martha and Dr. Zins exceeded expectations.

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Dr. Zins exceeded expectations.

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

Excellent staff aand Dr.

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

Dr. Zins and staff is awesome!!!

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

very happy with Dr. Zins results and care.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

dlDr. Zin is a skilled surgeon but also a kind & compassionate man. i could not have asked to be in better hands!!!!!

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr. Zins was so kind and thorough. This was one of the best appointments I've ever had.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

I absolutely love Dr. Zins. He is a wonderful man.

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.

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