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Department Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Health
  • Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
View all 5 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anal Dysplasia
  • Autoimmune Chronic Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Fatty Liver Disease (Hepatic Steatosis)
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Liver Disease
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Wilson Disease
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About Michelle Inkster, MD, PhD

Michelle Dawn Inkster, MA, MBA, PhD, MD, is a Staff Gastroenterologist at Cleveland Clinic. She is board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine. Dr. Inkster was born in Adelaide, Australia.

One of my interests is anal dysplasia. Anal dysplasia and anal cancer have traditionally been something that is just not discussed by the population at large as if it is something shameful. This disease is associated with the human papillomavirus. The majority of people have been exposed to this virus at some time in their life but not everyone is at risk for anal cancer. Those who are at risk are women who have had cervical cancer, persons who have had liver and kidney transplants and others who are immuno suppressed such as patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, for example. Patients who have HIV are at the greatest risk. In collaboration with one of my Colorectal colleagues we have established an anal dysplasia clinic in our Infectious Disease department. My personal professional goal is to work to have screening for anal dysplasia accepted as a routine part of health care for those who are at risk.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - MetroHealth Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Graduate School - Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Cellular and Molecular Biology
St. Louis, MO

Graduate School - Washington University
St. Louis, MO


  • Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

Specialty Interests

Anal dysplasia, colonoscopy, Liver Disease

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/25/2024, Dr. Inkster has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

232 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

50 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Dr Inkster is very personable, and of course very expert in her field

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

I really felt she cared about me. She helped to put me at ease.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Extremely pleased with appointment. This was my first appointment with Dr and I felt very good about it.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

Dr. Michelle was very engaging, helpful, and encouraging. I am pleased to have her as my doctor

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

Dr. Inkster is amazing! She spent so much time with me trying to figure out what was wrong with me and asking questions and really listening to me. She was wonderful.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

This was the first time meeting Dr Inkster and she was delightful. She took the time to explain my ongoing care plan, answer all my questions and never made me feel like she was in a hurry for the next patient.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

Dr Inkster is amazing, by far the best provider I've seen in my 50 years. Straight to the point, understands her work and has a great demeanor.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2024

Dr. Inkster was so great! As were all the nurses.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2024

Dr Inkster and her staff were amazing. I would recommend her over and over

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Dr. Inkster was professional and respectful. She explained the procedure prior to the start time, performed a time out prior the procedure, and sat with me to explain the results of the procedure after it was done. I had nothing but a positive experience with Dr. Inkster.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

I was very anxious about the procedure but Dr Inkster and the nurses were so great. They helped me relax.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr. Inkster was STELLAR in all areas of care. I was so impressed by her and her team!!!

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

My wife drove me and after I waited months for this appointment they would no perform the procedure because she wasn't in the waiting room with me. I didn't see anywhere in my chart and no one told me my wife had to be seen before I could be taken in. All I was told is I needed a driver so my wife dropped me off and went for a coffee.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

Good experience meeting with Dr. Inkster

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

Always a pleasure meeting with Dr Inkster, explains things very well making sure its makes sense to me

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Dr Inkster personable, professional, informative; clearly explained the results of my procedure. Would definitely see her again if needed.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Dr. Inkster was very informative and courteous and put me at ease before the procedure. Thank you.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

I appreciate the wisdom and attention Dr. Inkster gives to my care.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

Dr.Inkster is absolutely phenomenal. She has wonderful bedside manner, and I was very lucky to have her as my doctor for that procedure.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr. Inkster was greatI felt as though I was in good care

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr Jacob and her nurse were excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Kiosk,, front desk administration, nurse to doctor was flawless.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Dr. Inkster is very professional and pleasant.Due to her expertise I requested her to perform my colonoscopy, as she has done in the past.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

The RN in preoperative and post op was terrific. I was very impressed with Dr Inkster.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

She had a great bedside behavior. She said ahead of what she was going to do before she did it

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Dr took time with me before the procedure and explained things thoroughly.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Inkster is fantastic. My only issue was the hour delay for the procedure. Communicate the delay - all I ask.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Inkster is a wonderful doctor and communicator.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Inkster is the reason I would recommend

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr Inkster was amazing!!!

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr. Inkster is a kind, caring doctor who takes her time and answers your questions. She makes me feel like I am in the best hands.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

We just met Dr. Inkster and LOVED her instantly. She was warm and invited questions and explained the procedure thoroughly. Asked about family history and previous colonoscopies. We will return to Dr. Inkster in the future.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

Dr. Inkster was wonderful before and after the procedure.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

I have nothing bad to say. It was easy to connect with Dr Inkster and just as usual she was easy to talk to and my questions were answered. Dr Inkster is genuinely concerned about my conditions. She is knowledgeable and she makes me feel confident in the decisions on my treatment path.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Like I said before, Dr Inkster is knowledgeable, kind and lets you participate in your treatment

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Doctors don't come any better than Dr. Michelle D Inkster SHE IS THE BEST!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Dr. Inkster was very thorough and she went above and beyond my expectations. I have never had a physician listen to my concerns and answer all my questions. Dr. Inkster took notes, showed me my scans and even asked my husband if he had any questions or concerns. She even spoke to me about my previous surgery I had in January.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

Dr, Inkster is outstanding in every way. This was a difficult procedure and I was very nervous. She took the time to explain everything and answer my questions. She is very kind and caring.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

My video didn't work but the phone visit went very well I uploaded a picture and the Dr seen how I looked so she felt for me and wanted to get me in touch with a surgeon that could possibly help me have a better life. Thank you for that.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr Inkster visited before the procedure and answered all of my many questions. I felt completely satisfied by her bedside manner and time she spent with me.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Dr Inkster Is a true gem and a true top notch professional. I always feel I get the best of the best when she Is my doctor It will be a sad day when she retires!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2023

Pam, Maria and Dr.Inkster we're all very kind and informative.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Dr Inkster was amazing. So personable. She made me feel very comfortable and was genuinely concerned about my care

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr Inkester is a very good Doctor in every aspect.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

I felt the provider really cares about me as a patient and explains things

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2023

Dr. Inkster was wonderful. She called me Saturday evening to give me the results of my biopsy so I wouldn't continue to worry. She spent time explaining the report from the pathologist while allowing me to ask questions. Very relieved and impressed by her concern.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

The Dr & staff was very nice. However I did start waking up during the procedure.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Doctor Inkster was very informed with my history and provided much reassurance and professionalism as well as friendliness during my time spent with her.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

I would highly recommend Dr.Inkster. I feel lucky to be in her care.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Dr. Inkster Is a polished professional who has a pleasant "bedside" manner ...

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