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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.

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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

187 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 4.8

58 Patient Comments

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

Dr. Zins and his team are fantastic!

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Always positive when seeing Dr.Z

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 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

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr zines knows exactly what you to fix to make everything work together for the better of the patient.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

the zoom sound did not work in Dr Zins office. we talked over the phone

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

When I called to report my condition, the staff member I spoke to was helpful in recommending the arnica, but no other options such as laser treatment for post procedure bruising is available. This post op treatment wouldn't have been necessary had the doctor taken greater care of me during the procedure... I actually thought the resident may have injected me and asked if that was the case.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr. Zine took care of my problem away.

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

I was disappointed that I wasn't asked more questions to determine the issues and the best course of action. The Dr. was pleasant, just not very understanding. The lady who assisted me afterwards with the before pics was extremely sweet and as helpful as she could be!

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

Pleased with care provider

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

I have been a patient of Dr Zins for over 39 yrs. He truly is remarkable in his treatment! You can tell he loves his job and his patients.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

I had a very easy time getting in touch with Dr. Zins and our appointment went very well.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

I was very impressed with Dr. Zins

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Dr. Zins is a wonderful doctor in every way.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

i am from California and I am so happy that I chose Dr. Zins to care for me at the Cleveland Clinic. I do believe he is Michaelangelo!!! staff was supportive and fantastic. I was taken exactly on time for each and every appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

Good experience, Dr Zins was thorough and answered all of my questions well.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

didn't like doctor only talk to me for 5 mins after paying 85 I only got 5 mins of his time acted like he didn't care about my concerns

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

dr Zin has been my doctor since 1989. I travel from atlanta Georgia so he must be excellent for a person to travel this distance to see him

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Dr. Zins is excellent.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021


Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Dr Zins and his staff are extremely professional and caring . They are the best in the entire state!

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

The level of care extend it to me as a patient has been like no other. The doctor even provide his cell phone number should there be a reason to contact him. I would highly recommend Dr Zins. In fact a referral has already been established

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

amazing doctor and surgeon. spends the right amount of time with me and addresses all my concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

always a trusted provider

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

dr zins took time with me I didn't feel rushed

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

Dr Zins is a magnificent surgeon and a kind and compassionate physician. I trust his expertise and opinion. He listens to concerns and will offer reassurance and solutions if there's something that still isn't resolved to the patient's satisfaction.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

would definitely recommend Dr Zins for facelift surgery.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

I was EXTREMELY pleased with Dr. Zins and staff. His dimeanor, skill level and willingness to provide as much time as necessary to my concerns and condition was far above & beyond my expectations.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Dr Zinn and his PA were caring and approachable

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr. Zins is the best! master of his trade. personable, friendly & is thorough!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

I love Dr Zinns , he is a very caring provider and I respect his decisions and recommendations

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

very great experience during my consult. Dr Zins put me at ease went over everything so thoroughly and made me feel comfortable the whole time. I am excited to schedule my surgery with him.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Dr Zins is very kind professional and makes you feel at ease. Always takes his time with you

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

*Dr. Zins is a talented, excellent surgeon & has a compassionate heart & cares about his patients - he is exceptional! HIGHLY recommended - very professional AND staff he works with also. EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE & RESULT.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

great doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

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

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