Upon graduation from the Norfolk Academy, Dr. Zemmel attended the prestigious College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. There he studied both science as well as fine arts. Dr. Zemmel discovered a passion for art and architectural history. Dr. Zemmel obtained a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Chemistry and minored in art history. He also concentrated in Physics, Mathematics, French, and Literature. He received numerous awards and scholarships for his work at William and Mary.
In 1994, Dr. Zemmel began studying medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Here Dr. Zemmel studied the basic sciences including physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, and pathology. He also rotated through all of the core medical specialties including internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and family medicine, before pursuing his studies in surgery. Dr. Zemmel obtained the outstanding score of 98% on the United States Medical Licensing Exam Part I. Dr. Zemmel participated in medical research while at the University of Virginia and published four research papers in peer-reviewed medical journals.
Dr. Zemmel was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and attended the Norfolk Academy preparatory school founded in 1728. During his early years, Dr. Zemmel was exposed to the internationally renowned plastic surgery program at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. This early exposure had a tremendous influence on Dr. Zemmel, and he decided to pursue a career in Plastic Surgery in junior high school.