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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 Breast
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face
  • Endoscopic Cosmetic Surgery
  • Eyebrow Surgery
  • Eyelid Lifts
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facial Implants
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Facial Surgery
  • Fat Injections
  • Forehead Lift
  • Forehead Surgery
  • 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
  • Noninvasive Face Lift, Brow and Neck
  • Noninvasive Rejuvenation
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Otoplasty (Ear Reshaping)
  • 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 53 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging
  • 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 11 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.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 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

250 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

77 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Dr Zins always involves me in the decisions about my procedures. He is a caring, professional expert in his field.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr. ZINS is absolutely fantastic,THE BEST!!

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr.Zins is hands down the kindest and most honest doctor!

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Always a perfect experience with Dr Zins

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Dr Zinns is the best! Great bedside manner very respectful and kind. Made me very comfortable. More should follow his example. His NP was also the same. Great bedside manner and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

EXCELLENT surgical team assembled by Dr Zinsin EVERY way.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Staff and Dr Zins we're both courteous & knowledgeable

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Dr Zins makes post-op communication and access a priority. Very flexible with scheduling.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Thank you for the incredibly soft touch of Dr zins. He was direct and perfectly slow paced and his touch was incredibly gentle. Thank you :)

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

The health care staff was more than wonderful! I would recommend (and have to two people already who are planning to come see them), Dr. Zins and his colleagues for anyone who is serious about their looks and want to make sure they're going to the best professionals around. It was well worth the five hour drive there and five back. I really wish there was a number 6 option of exceptionally good!

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

I already have recommended the clinic and Dr Zins and staff to two people who are very interested-with one who has already called for information about a meeting

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

I find Dr. Zins to be exceptional in every way.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

My experience with the Cleveland Clinic in general, and with Dr. Zins and his team in particular has been excellent. I feel extremely fortunate to have had access to them, and it has been well worth the commute from Erie PA!

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

Dr Zins is a professional and very courteous.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

I will highly recommend Dr Zin!!!!! He is an asset to Cleveland Clinic. Staff was wonderful!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr Zins and his team were excellent to work with. My appointments were scheduled promptly and I was given choices of dates and times.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr Zins always responded to my questions and concerns with direct answers, clear explanations and recommendations. I really felt I was in good hands. I felt very comfortable asking my questions no matter how basic.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr Zins office staff worked very well together. They were training someone new at the front desk but the nurses and other staff were very involved and made sure things were accurate.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Great experience-I loved doctor zinz!

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2023

Dr. Zins is an outstanding surgeon.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2023

Dr Zins is the best.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2023

Fantastic office. Dr. Zins just a wonderful disposition, kind,caring attentive. So gifted!!

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2023

Always recommend Dr. ZINS to friends and clients.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2023

I always receive excellent treatment from Dr. Zins and all the staff in that department.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

Dr. Zin was great!

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr. Zines has been excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Dr.Zins is kind, honest and respectful. He's the best

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr Zins is the greatest doctor. He listens, he cares and he gives you all the time you need. All that plus being an amazing surgeon. Wouldn't trust anyone else.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr. Zins is a great surgeon and a caring caregiver who I have been seeing for years at main campus and I have all confidence in him both personally and professionally

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Doctor Zins and his staff is an extremely welcoming and considerate group of people

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

I have never experienced another doctor as wonderful, caring and Considerate as Dr. Zins

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

I am so thankful that I found Dr. Zins and Cleveland Clinic after moving back to Ohio. Dr. Zins is a wonderful, experienced and excellent surgeon.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

I would recommend Dr. Zins to anyone considering cosmetic surgery.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

Dr Zins was kind, and very good. Kept me informed on what was going to happen, what to expect, etc.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2022

Dr. Zins is the best. I would not trust anyone else. He is kind, compassionate, makes himself available 24/7 and is a skilled and experienced surgeon.His staff is wonderful as was everyone in the ambulatory surgery.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr Zins was very nice and reassuring

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr Zinn is responsive, caring and addresses any raised concerns that I might have. He is very knowledgeable and a skilled provider.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Love Dr. Zinns!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr. Zins is truly amazing. He explains everything very well, and he is very thorough! I feel very confident with him.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr. Zins and his team are amazing! Great experience overall!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

I never met a doctor who cares about his patient like Dr Zens. He was seing me every day. Dr Zins is very friendly as well as all his wondeful team in Main campus and in Beachwood. It's a pleasure to deal with a doctor like him.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr Zens was taking care of me all the time. He was always with his big team, nurses, fellow,... But he was the one who was taking care of me

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

I feel so fortunate to have met a doctor and surgeon as skilled and kind as Dr Zins. I genuinely look forward to my visits with him, and am extremely happy with the results of his work every single time - he is simply the best! Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have a doctor as wonderful as Dr. Zins!

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2022

The staff at Dr. Zins office is excellent. Kind, courteous, and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2022

My experience with Dr. Zins and his office staff was exceptional. I felt welcomed, I was seen in a timely manner, and Dr. Zins himself offered excellent informative details to my particular treatment and answered my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2022

I would highly recommend Dr. James Zins and his staff to anyone needing his services.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Dr Z is wonderful!

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

I always look forward to seeing Dr Zyins and his staff. They are all very courteous and attentive to health needs

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

Dr Zins was GREAT!!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Both Dr Zins and Dr Coombs are excellent carers.

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.

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