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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 Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Abdomen
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Breast
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face
  • Ear Reshaping
  • Endoscopic Cosmetic Surgery
  • Eyebrow Surgery
  • Eyelid Lifts
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facial Implants
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Facial Surgery
  • Facial Treatments
  • Fat Injections
  • Forehead Lift
  • Forehead Surgery
  • Hair Plugs
  • Injectables and Fillers for Facial Rejuvenation
  • Juvederm
  • Laser Peels
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Health
  • Lip Enhancement
  • Lipoplasty
  • Neck Lift
  • Noninvasive Face Lift, Brow and Neck
  • Noninvasive Rejuvenation
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Perlane
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radial Artery and Saphenous Vein Harvesting
  • Radiesse
  • Restylane
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Sculptra
  • Septoplasty
  • Skin Care
  • Thigh Lifts
  • Wrinkle Fillers
View all 50 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging Skin or Painful Skin
  • Congenital Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Facial Aging
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nose Deformity
  • Ptosis
  • Scars
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

Undergraduate - Princeton University
Princeton, NJ


  • 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, www.bestdoctors.com, 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 2/20/2024, Dr. Zins has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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

230 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

58 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

I see Dr. Zins for plastic surgery and he is the GOAT ( greatest of all time)!

Reviewed on May 10, 2024

The staff was very courteous and friendly. Dr. Zins was very thorough and really explained every detail of the procedure I have scheduled.

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

Provider was exceptional.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2024

Provider was very professional, and very considerate. You

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr. Sins and his staff were very helpful, friendly and professional. All staff I encountered were extremely welcoming Dr Zins explained everything in full detail as well as encouraged me to reach out if I needed further assistance/explanation.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Best care ever . No other would compare would highly recommend Dr Zins and his staff!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2024

Dr. Zines office is run very efficiently

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2024

I would definitely recommend Dr. Zins. He is an exceptional Plastic Surgeon! Dr. Zins is kind and gentle with his examinations. He has an eye for how well the surgery has gone. Dr. Zins sees beyond the first several post op visits to the overall success of his expert surgical skills!

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Dr. Zins is very compassionate and cares totally about your wellbeing. He explains everything thoroughly and makes you feel at ease with his gentleness.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

You don't get much better than Dr. Zins. He has a great way of communicating and is very courteous.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2024

Dr. Zins stands out among any and all physicians. His true care and concern is a rare gem. So grateful to be under his care.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

Dr. Zins is one of my all time favorite doctors. Very skilled and a genuinely caring human being.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr. Zins, his Fellow and CNP were all very kind, professional and thorough in their explanations of the procedures I will be receiving

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Great doctor

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Such as caring and gentle doctor

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr.Zins excellent physician. Very caring and patient. Likeable.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

Dr Zins was excellent as usual. This is my third procedure with him. Extremely satisfied!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr Zins schedules me himself

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

This staff and physician is always excellent

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Excellent doctor. Would highly recommend to anyone.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Outstanding physician

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

I was extremely pleased with Dr. Zins and the staff. I had seen him a number of years ago and think he's the best in Cleveland!

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

The scheduling of my appointment with Dr. Zins went well. However, the new check in screen was difficult to manage and was frustrating...

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr. Zins is good at what he does...

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2023

Dr.Z is brilliant and wonderfully kind, compassionate and skillful!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr. Zins patiently listened and addressed all concerns. Additionally, he preemptively went through possible and likely issues I would/might encounter during recovery. He gave reassurance and set appropriate expectations. He provided a direct contact phone number and made it very clear that if I had ANY concerns I should contact him at any hour.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Dr Zins is CC's top doctor!! His patience, expertise and experience is a real asset! You are lucky to have him!!

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Dr Zins and his team are always great

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

It is evident -- even from our single encounter -- that Dr. Zins is a highly knowledgeable and conscientious provider. Hats off!

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

I particularly liked the "huddle" (his term) that Dr. Zins held with his staff prior to my surgery. It reassured me that all concerned were on the same page, and it gave me an opportunity to meet all of the people who would be involved in my procedure.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Dr. Zins and staff are the best.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Always a good experience with Dr. Zins and his staff

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Dr Zinns is a consummate gentleman, knowledgeable and a great doctor!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr. Zins was just wonderful. He explained all options. Never did I feel he was pushing me to a treatment.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

I have already referred Dr. Zins to some other women!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr Zins is one in a million. His techniques are exceptional. No pain and little to no bruising. He listens and discusses options. He takes his time and never rushes. We drive 2 hours to come and he is worth every mile.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr Zins is a gem and his team is amazing!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr Zins is the best of the best!

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

Dr. Zins made sure I was 100% comfortable going forward with my procedure and provided all the answers to my questions.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Excellent. Dr. Zins is fantastic! He's congenial " like Mr. Roger's for adult people". He listens and has an angelic soothing demeanor and smile. That's the best way to put it! One of my best doctors.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

I really appreciate the team Dr Zins has, and Dr Zins himself. It's always a positive experience for me when I come to see them. I really enjoy the relationship we have built and the trust that comes along with it.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr. Zins is always professional, helpful, and deals with any issues that I have.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Zins is one of the best doctors I have ever known!

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

I hard a very good experience with Dr. Zi s. He's always pleasant, listens to your concerns then offer his opinion about what he thinks is the best solution. Then you both decide

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr Zins is very professional and personable. He answered all my questions and explained my options thoroughly.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr Zins is awesome!!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Great experience. I am a returning patient of Dr Zins

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr. Zins is the most wonderful attentive and fabulous doctor I have ever encountered in my life

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr. Zins is a wonderful doctor. He's very caring and reassuring. Post-op communication is easily available if needed. Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have a great doctor like him. The surgical team and office staff are also outstanding.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr Zins in the most proficient and professional doctor I Know

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Very kind doctor. Explained everything perfect. Took so much time I did not feel rushed

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

I read about cosmetic surgery and was referred to the Cleveland Clinic by a former model. I first saw Dr. Allison Videmos who referred me to Dr. Zins. I am grateful Dr. Zins performed my surgery, it has changed my life for the better! I finally got rid of my excessive neck and feel and look so much better. Dr. Zins is the best along with being very kind and caring .

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

I have been with Dr. Zins since 1988. He is the best plastic surgeon anywhere & gives you the result you are attaining.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Dr. James Zins was very patient friendly and he made me feel comfortable and at ease during the procedure.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Everyone connected to Dr Zins' practice is wonderful.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Dr Zins is outstanding.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023


Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Dr Zin didn't try to persuade me to get a procedure that he knew would not correct my problem, however encouraged me to return in a few months which would determine what's next

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