Dr. Ginns received his BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. After his medical residency at Washington University in St. Louis, he trained in the Laboratory of Dr. Herman Eisen, in immunology, at the Center for Cancer Research of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (HMS) as a Clinical and Research Fellow in 1977. Since then, he has been part of the staff of the Department of Medicine at Mass General and HMS. Dr. Ginns has conducted basic research in immunology of lung disease as well as clinical research in lung transplantation and advanced lung disease. In 1990, he became Medical Director of the Lung Transplantation Program, a position held until 2010. At that time, he became Director of the Mass General Center for Advanced Lung Disease. He is currently Medical Director of the Mass General Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and Clinical Director of the Mass General Interstitial Program. Dr. Ginns is author and coauthor of over 100 professional publications as well as co-editor of Transplantation, an authoritative and comprehensive textbook in the field of clinical transplantation.
Dr. Ginns has made a substantial commitment to medical education and is a member of the Academy Center for Teaching and Learning at HMS. He has been lecturer, seminar leader, and teacher in CME courses in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Thoracic Surgery, and Pulmonary Pathology at Mass General and HMS. He has also been invited as lecturer at numerous hospital and meeting forums, regionally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Ginns is a member of the American Thoracic Society, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, American Society of Transplantation, The Transplantation Society, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.