Nationally recognized cancer surgeon Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, Coral Gables, FL, is the 2016–2017 Chair of the Board of Regents (B/R) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He was elected at the Annual Business Meeting of Members in October 2016.
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 at Baptist Health South Florida. Prior to that time, he served as surgeon-in-chief and Moseley Professor of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and clinical director and chief of surgical services, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston, MA.
As Chair of the B/R, Dr. Zinner will work closely with ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and will chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The College’s 24-member B/R 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.
Previous organizational leadership roles
A Fellow of the ACS since 1983, Dr. Zinner has previously served as Vice-Chair of the B/R (2010–2015) and Chair of the ACS Board of Governors (2008–2010).
He also has 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).
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 Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Annals of Surgery, and the 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.
Dr. Zinner holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, and earned his medical doctorate from the University of Florida School of Medicine, Gainesville. He performed his surgical residency training at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes. Midway through his residency training, he traveled to Bristol, U.K., serving as registrar for one year in thoracic surgery at the Vrehay Hospital. He is a retired U.S. Army Major who performed three years of military service (1973–1976) at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, division of surgery, Medical Corps, Washington, DC.