Biography & Education

Biography

"I like to work with every patient as an individual, through communication and education. I try to teach each person about their disease and understand how their symptoms affect their life. It is important for patients to understand why they may or may not benefit from surgery, what type of surgery would be best for them personally, and what to expect if they do have surgery. This allows patients to be proactive and involved in their own care, with the goal of a smoother recovery."

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. Yu, 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.

Areas of expertise

Acute Care Surgery, Open and Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery, Gallbladder Surgery, Breast Disease, Melanoma, Colon & Small Bowel Disease, Laparoscopy, and Soft Tissue Tumor

Education
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Urbana, IL, 1999
  • MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2004
  • Internship, General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR, 2004-2005
  • Residency, General Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR, 2005-2007; 2008-2010
  • Research Fellowship: Trauma Research Laboratory, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR, 2007-2008
  • Advanced Laparoscopy Training, Legacy Health Systems, Portland, OR, 2008
  • Ultrasound for Surgeons, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR, 2009
Languages
  • English

Care Locations

The Oregon Clinic-Portland Surgeons
5050 NE Hoyt St.
Suite 651
Portland , OR 97213
Fax 503-935-8701

Specialties