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“I really want the patient and their family to understand what’s going on with them. So I spend a lot of time working with patients, drawing pictures for them, trying to explain their disease processes, and then explaining the options for treatment.”
Dr. Zink completed her General Surgery Residency training at Oregon Health & Sciences University in 2010. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She earned her medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Zink is the Co-Surgeon Champion for the National Surgical Quality Improving Program for Providence Medical Center. She, along with Dr. Hayman, leads and oversees program implementation and quality initiatives aimed to improve surgical outcomes.
She is a general surgeon who is interested in the broad range of general surgery, with a focus on minimally invasive surgery. Areas of interest include gallbladder surgery, hernias (laparoscopic and open), colon and small bowel surgery, surgery for melanoma, and surgery for breast disease. She is particularly interested in working with athletes and others who participate in strong physical activity, on helping them return to a high level of function as quickly as possible after hernia repairs and other surgeries. She has experience working with long distance runners, advanced cyclists, people who do heavy lifting for work, and others interested in maintaining their physical activity.
When not working, she enjoys juggling, unicycling, trapeze, skiing, kayaking, cooking, traveling, camping, and playing with her family.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Ultrasound for Surgeons, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2009
Residency, General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2005-2007; 2008-2010
Advanced Laparoscopy Training, Legacy Health Systems, Portland, OR, 2008
Research Fellowship, Trauma Research Laboratory, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2008
Internship, General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2004
MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2004
BA, Anthropology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Urbana, IL, 1999
NSQIP surgeon champion
Leader of NW NSQIP Collaborative
Surgery Department Chair
Portland Monthly Magazine, “Top Doctors”, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023, 2024
OHSU Department of Surgery Student Teaching Award, June 2010
Committee on Trauma Clinical Science Abstract Regional Winner, November 2009
OHSU Graduate Medical Education Committee Distinguished Service Award, June 2008
Baker-Moseley Award for Basic Science, June 2008
Karen E. Deveney Award in Clinical Research, May 2008
Multiple Rose Award Recipient, OHSU
Washington University School of Medicine Class of 2001 Award, Fall 2002
Summa Cum Laude, University of Illinois, 1999