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Florida Surgeon Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, Elected Chair of ACS Board of Regents


Michael J. Zinner, MD, FAC

CHICAGO (December 7, 2016): Nationally recognized cancer surgeon, Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, Coral Gables, Fla., was elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the College’s annual Clinical Congress, held in Washington DC, October 16-20.

A Miami native, Dr. Zinner is a general surgeon with expertise in pancreatic-hepatobiliary diseases. Since 2016, he has been the founding chief executive officer and executive medical director of the Miami Cancer Institute - Baptist Health South Florida. Prior to that time, he practiced in Boston, Mass., where he served as surgeon-in-chief and Moseley Professor of Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During this time, Dr. Zinner also served as clinical director and chief of surgical services at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.

In his role as Chair of the Board of Regents, Dr. Zinner will work closely with the ACS Executive Director and will chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The College’s 24-member Board of Regents formulates policy and is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the College. The Board’s diversity and variety of experiences and interests among its members enable the Regents to represent views related to myriad issues in contemporary surgery.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) since 1983, Dr. Zinner has previously served as Vice-Chair of the ACS Board of Regents (2010-2015) and Chair of the ACS Board of Governors (2008-2010).

He has also held leadership positions in other prominent surgical organizations. He served as Chair of the American Board of Surgery (1991-1994); Chair of the American Surgical Association (2007); President of the Society of Surgical Chairman (2000-2001); President of the Halsted Society (2004-2005); and President of the New England Surgical Society (2015-2016).

As the author of more than 230 academic articles in the scientific literature, Dr. Zinner brings his expertise to the editorial boards of several surgery journals including the of Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Annals of Surgery, and Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Zinner has served as the principal investigator of numerous funded projects, many of which focus on researching various aspects of gastrointestinal disease or investigating ways to improve care of critically ill patients in the surgical intensive care unit.

He has received numerous awards and accolades for his devotion to teaching and mentoring students, surgical residents, and research colleagues, and has been recognized by Harvard Medical School and the Association of Women Surgeons for his advocacy role in the advancement of women in medicine.

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About the American College of Surgeons
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit

About Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS
Dr. Zinner holds a B.E.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Florida School of Medicine. He performed his surgical residency training at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes. Midway through his residency training he traveled to Bristol England serving as Registrar for one year in Thoracic surgery at the Vrehay Hospital. He is a U.S. Army Major (Retired), who performed three years of military service (1973-1976) at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, division of Surgery, Medical Corps, Washington, DC.


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