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Michael J. Zinner, MD
Senior Surgeon, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Moseley Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
Surgeon in Chief, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Executive Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Surgery
General / GI Surgery
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

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Dr. Michael J. Zinner currently serves as the Moseley Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Surgeon-in-Chief at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH).  Dr. Zinner is a native of Florida and received his M.D. degree in 1971 from the University of Florida (Gainsville).  Following three years as a laboratory investigator at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, Dr. Zinner finished his surgical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He subsequently served for five years on the faculty at Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital, where he was Director of the Surgical Residency Program and Chief of Surgical Oncology.  Dr. Zinner returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1985 to serve as Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Co-director of the Gastrointestinal Service.  In 1988, he became Chairman of the Department of Surgery at UCLA Medical School and Medical Center and the first William P. Longmire Professor of Surgery.  Dr. Zinner was appointed Dean for Clinical Affairs at UCLA Medical School in 1993.  He served in both capacities until 1994 when he moved to Boston to become the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at BWH.

During his tenure at UCLA, Dr. Zinner observed and participated in the market-driven changes that were taking place in health care.  It is in that area that he developed his interest in health care policy.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, Missouri (1992-1998); a health system composed of eleven hospitals and multiple medical practices operating in five states, as well as an independent HMO.

In 1997, Dr. Zinner was appointed to the Board of Directors of Partners HealthCare System, the parent organization that oversees BWH and Massachusetts General Hospital, its affiliated hospitals, and integrated delivery system.  He also served on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Health Care Policy at the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University.

Dr. Zinner is a member of the editorial boards of several distinguished journals, including Annals of Surgery, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  He is the past and current Editor for "Maingot's Abdominal Operations", a two-volume textbook and atlas on gastrointestinal surgery.

Dr. Zinner was past President of the Association for Academic Surgery, past President of the Society of the University Surgeons and past President of the Society of Surgical Chairman.  He has previously served as a Director of the American Board of Surgery, a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and a member of the Board of Directors of Collegium Internationale Chirurgiac Digestivae.  He currently serves as a Governor of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of their Executive Committee.

Dr. Zinner remains a busy clinician and his current clinical focus center on diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.  His clinical practice centers on pancreatico-hepatobiliary disease and diseases of the colon and rectum.  At the Brigham, he won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for 2003 and 2004 awarded by the residents in the general surgery residency program.

He is Co-founder and Co-director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, a multidisciplinary clinical program of surgeons, oncologists, radiation therapists, radiologists, and pathologists.  Dr. Zinner was recently appointed Clinical Director of the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center.

Outside of the clinical, teaching and laboratory sphere, Dr. Zinner is involved on the local, regional and national levels on issues relating to the impact of changes in the health care delivery system on the practices of surgery and the viability of academic medical centers.  He established the Center for Surgery and Public Health, a collaboration between the Harvard Medical School (through the Department of Surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital) and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Zinner's community activities include being a member of the Physician Advisory Group of the Wellness Community, current member and past Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Aid for Cancer Research, an Overseer to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Overseer to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

University of Florida (Gainsville), 1971, MD

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Maier RV, Freischlag JA, Hoyt DB, Pellegrini CA, Torchiana DF, Zinner MJ. Is There Life After Surgery?: American Surgical Association Forum 138th Annual Meeting, April 20, 2018. Ann Surg. 2018 10; 268(4):551-556.

2. Zinner M. The three paradigm shifts of the 1980s and the AAS. J Surg Res. 2017 09; 217:6-8.

3. Schwartz DM, Fong ZV, Warshaw AL, Zinner MJ, Chang DC. The Hidden Consequences of the Volume Pledge: "No Patient Left Behind"? Ann Surg. 2017 Feb; 265(2):273-274.

4. Tsai TC, Greaves F, Zheng J, Orav EJ, Zinner MJ, Jha AK. Better Patient Care At High-Quality Hospitals May Save Medicare Money And Bolster Episode-Based Payment Models. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 09 01; 35(9):1681-9.

5. Wakeam E, Hyder JA, Lipsitz SR, Cohen ME, Orgill DP, Zinner MJ, Ko CY, Hall BL, Finlayson SR. Hospital-level Variation in Secondary Complications After Surgery. Ann Surg. 2016 Mar; 263(3):493-501.

6. Goralnick E, Zinner MJ, Ashley SW. A Death in the Family: Lessons From a Tragedy. Ann Surg. 2016 Feb; 263(2):230-1.

7. Weissman JS, Cooper Z, Hyder JA, Lipsitz S, Jiang W, Zinner MJ, Prigerson HG. End-of-Life Care Intensity for Physicians, Lawyers, and the General Population. JAMA. 2016 Jan 19; 315(3):303-5.

8. Cooper Z, Goel N, Gutnik L, Reznor G, Lilley E, Williams KJ, Salim A, Kelly E, Zinner MJ. How Many Midnights?: Admission Status for Elders With Small Bowel Obstruction. Ann Surg. 2015 Dec; 262(6):904-6.

9. Nurudeen SM, Kwakye G, Berry WR, Chaikof EL, Lillemoe KD, Millham F, Rubin M, Schwaitzberg S, Shamberger RC, Zinner MJ, Sato L, Lipsitz S, Gawande AA, Haynes AB. Can 360-Degree Reviews Help Surgeons? Evaluation of Multisource Feedback for Surgeons in a Multi-Institutional Quality Improvement Project. J Am Coll Surg. 2015 Oct; 221(4):837-44.

10. Swain JD, Matousek AC, Scott JW, Cooper Z, Smink DS, Bolman RM, Finlayson SR, Zinner MJ, Riviello R. Training surgical residents for a career in academic global surgery: a novel training model. J Surg Educ. 2015 Jul-Aug; 72(4):e104-10.