Dr. John Zinkel, MD

Dr. John Zinkel, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 61
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Dr. John Zinkel, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Saint Clair Shores, MI. He is 61 years old and has been practicing for 34 years.

21605 E 11 Mile Rd

Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081

Contact Information

(586) 774-4600

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HAP Insurance
  • Humana

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Top Care Areas


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Low Back Pain
very high
more than 98% of peers
Spinal Stenosis
very high
more than 94% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 92% of peers

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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Michigan.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1983
  • Detroit Rec Hospital and University Health Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Hospital SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Zinkel has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Zinkel's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Zinkel to family and friends
based on 31 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Zinkel's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
in Grosse Pointe, MI |
Nothing but good things from me. I spent a total of over 8 weeks DAILY, in hospital, under his care. He saved my brain and sanity from a massive bilateral subdural hemorrhage, and early this winter performed an elective arthroscopic lumbar decompression. I had other opinions from three prominent neurosurgeons and all said there was nothing to do but pain management and/or PT. His bedside manner is the model for every medical professional. I often felt that I was the good doctor's only patient.
Westland, MI |
Great surgeon.. very thorough and knows exactly what and how to do things. Would recommend highly.
in Swanton Ohio |
Love Dr. Zinkel! He has been there every time I have needed back surgery (4) and (1)neck surgery. He is thorough, patient and very kind. He has the best staff around! ?????? I recommend him to anyone who needs surgery
in Warren, MI |
Totally a five start surgeon! I had total trust in Dr. Zinkel since he was once of the first to perform minimally invasive surgery. I had a herniated disc and sciatica in my left leg. It has only been 30 days for me but I can tell the difference already. According the staff at Beaumont, he is a perfectionist, which I absolutely loved to hear. I want a surgeon that truly cares about his patience and wants the best for them. It may take a couple of months to get an appointment but so worth it
in Ann Arbor, MI |
Dr. Zinkel has always been very trustworthy in everything that he's told me. I respect that he well known in the industry as a leading expert and has dedicated his life to neuroscience. I would recommend him to anybody I know as I can guarantee he will provide the best service known to mankind at that period of time.
in Columbus, mi |
Dr. Zinkel exuded confidence that with this surgery, lumbar fusion, I would be 90-95% pain free. 4 months post surgery, I am 100% pain free and feeling wonderful, couldn't be happier! He was straightforward, personable and answered all of my questions before I even asked them. I never felt rushed or patronized. He was also proactive in securing treatment for another medical issue that was unrelated to the surgery. I was in extreme pain prior to the surgery and he gave me much hope for the future
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Zinkel accepts 5 insurance carriers
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HAP Insurance
    Preferred PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Zinkel has admitting privileges

Beaumont Hospital - Grosse Pointe Campus
468 Cadieux Rd
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
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Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak Campus
3601 W 13 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48073
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Beaumont Hospital - Troy Campus
44201 Dequindre Rd
Troy, MI 48085
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