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 School - 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 1/26/2018, 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.5
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2018

Dr James Zins is a brilliant surgeon, compassionate and gave me emotional comfort throughout the entire surgery process.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Dr. spent a lot of time with me and was very tuned into my concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

When in the room, I appreciate Dr. Zins' presence, professionalism, and efficiency. I am always very satisfied with his care. However, it is rare to wait less than an hour for a scheduled appointment. Whether the wait is for an emergency surgery situation or a scheduling back up, it is rare not to wait--usually for 30-60 minutes. During this visit, I waited an hour past my scheduled appointment time. Since this seems to be a norm, I wonder why the office does not schedule fewer patients or allow more time before starting office hours.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

60 minutes wait time. Dr. Zins explained that he had to help a colleague who had an emergency, and was one hour late getting to the office.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

I really enjoyed meeting Dr Zins I wish more CCfF doctors would bring out that easy going touch that Dr Zins had. I definitely am going to refer him to my friends and family. They need to teach some doctors that it's ok to be easy going and still be able to do a great job.......

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

always positive with this doctor!

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Zins for his dedicated compassionate and highly skilled professional care. Dr. Zins is a highly experienced and a superior clinician,one of the finest plastic surgeons in the world. My family and I are also grateful to Cleveland Cliniic for pioneering superior health care

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2018

No waiting anywhere. Dr. was waiting for me.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2018

I was very stressed and doctor was very comforting and helped me was very concerned

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

An overall great office visit from start to finish. Very professional yet caring staff. Dr Zins was amazingly reassuring, gentle and kind.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

Dr Zins went into great detail in explaining my options. He was thoughtful and concerned about my peace of mind. I just can't say enough about his caring attitude while maintaining professionalism especially for such a large hospital where I would think a patient could be made to feel like a number. He is kind and comforting and seems to genuinely care.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

I was barely seated before I was called back. The PA came in immediately followed very shortly by the doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

The PA was positively wonderful. I even told her that she compliments Dr Zins beautifully.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

Dr Zins and his PA make a great team!

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2018

Dr. Zins really takes time to explain and answer any questions concerning my appointment. I don't feel rushed during my office visit.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018

provider had awful bedside manners. more concern with doing a procedure than explaining or answering my concerns

Reviewed on May 4, 2018

Dr Zins is amazing, fantastic care, concern,follow through. staff fantastic. he is the BEST!!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Dr Zins is one of thenCleveland Clinic's Best doctors. I've been to several. lately I have been uphappy with the treatment I have received by a couple of doctors, as well as the phone reps and even receptionists. Never with any of Dr Zin's staff. I even asked him why he was able to provide such an efficient, caring and pleasant experience compared to so many other doctors at the clinic. I wish he could bemy doctor for everything. I'm not exaggerating and I told hi. that.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Dr. Zins office ialways informative and on top of things

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2018

Dr. Zins and his team are excellent. I can't say enough about their care, concern and professionalism.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2018


Reviewed on Apr 6, 2018

Dr. Zins and his staff were very professional in discussion of possible treatment at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Zins was very attentive and completely answered all my questions. The entire staff from the reception to medical history with the NP to discussion of finances were all handled confidently and the entire visit was excellent.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2018

Excellent. All staff members were caring, courteous and involved. Dr Zins was generous with his time in consultation, making sure he understood my goals and concerns. He did a great job with the surgery and, following the surgery, I was assured I could reach himself or staff immediately if I had concerns or questions while recovering at home.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2018

I have going to Dr. Zion's for a long time and he is my favorite Doctor. He always is kind, concerned and offers great advise. He is a gifted physician on all levels.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2018

dr Zins is the best plastic surgeon I come to ohio from Atlanta Georgia

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2017

Dr. Zins has always treated me with concern and patience, and always respected my opinions and requests regarding my treatment needs.

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