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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( LGBT Health)
  • Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
View all 5 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anal Dysplasia
  • Anemia
  • Cirrhosis
  • Diarrhea
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Liver Disease
  • Microscopic Colitis
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 11 Specialties +


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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 USA

Residency - MetroHealth Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Graduate School - Saint Louis University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA

Graduate School - Washington University
St. Louis, MO USA

Specialty Interests

Anal dysplasia, colonoscopy, Liver Disease

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/13/2020, Dr. Inkster has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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* 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

135 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Dr Inkster was very kind and compassionate!

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

As stated previously, because this was my first virtual visit, I failed following the steps completely. The staff and provider were very helpful, I am just fairly new at virtual visits.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Had been have issues for several just a few minutes of listening and looking at my chart Dr Inkster explained my problem and prescribed a medication to help.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Service before the procedure was great. However, during the procedure I was in pain and the pain continued after the procedure. Perhaps this is normal, but no one asked me about it or provided guidance afterwards. As well, the doctor did not tell me about my ulcer after the procedure. I found out by reading mychart report.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

The only reason I wouldn't recommend the practice to someone else is because I was in pain during and after the procedure which doesn't seem common based on my family and friend's experiences with the same procedure. As well, I would have liked the doctors to speak with me or my family about the results after the procedure so I could ask questions. This was done for my husband at Northwestern hospital.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

I guess the doctors ways are different from what I was used to. I had tests schedule every 6 months (liver and Blood) and egd every 6 months. None were scheduled at my appt. I was told to call in december to get a March EGD scheduled and a dr visit the same day prior to procedure, no test mentioned. I messaged the doctors on 7-15 about that. I have not gotten an answer. I did receive notice that my message was forwarded to the doctor. I since read the summary of the test and visit, It said I had covid, which I did not. My MELD score seems to have risen as well...not urgent but I feel I should have had a note next to test result like with prior dr to show the change. To be honest I actually wanted a different dr but was told she was on maternity leave. A bit disappointed BUT I realize I can't base care on 1 visit.with Dr. Inkster

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr Inkster is the best

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Dr. Inkster is excellent!

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

I appreciate the care that Dr. Inkster gives to me during my appointments.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Really liked Dr Inkster

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

dr. inkster is very pleasant which I believe is how a dr should be. I don't feel uncomfortable so I feel I can ask her more questions that bother me.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Dr. Inkster is a great asset to my care team. I would not trade her.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

Dr. Inkster makes me feel like she really cares about me and my health issues.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

This was a preliminary. The doctor did not have all the information regarding my health history. The conversation I had with her was comforting and enjoyable.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

pleasantly surprised by Doctor Inkster. she tuned in to me quickly, explained things well, and has a great personality to accompany the good bedside manner with a sense of sincere caring.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

I think Dr.Inkster is very kind and genuinely cares and that's very important .

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Care provider was excellent

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Excellent Doctor treats patients great

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Dr. Inkster is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

Dr Inkster went beyond expectations to explain the procedure

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr. Inkster & her team are amazing! I can ALWAYS count On the team. I am going through some health issues. I have FULL confidence it will get handled. I know Dr. Inkster is involved in finding the issues or Getting me where I need for be for help. I am overwhelmed with the care that she gives not only me but my family. I am grateful that she is in involved with my care. i cannot speak enough or find the appropriate words to explain what it feels like with a team on your side. I have been feeling hopeless due to my continuing bad health. When I speak to Dr. Inkster and listen to her Confidence In finding answers, I get my hope back. I am so grateful to her & The Cleveland Clinic. Thank You!!

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Very patient doctor, I had difficulty with video conference call and she called me back and explained my situation. I was very relieved after my visit with her.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Dr. Inkster definitely made me feel at ease about my health. She listened to my concerns and explained everything to me in a way that I can understand. She is very knowledgeable and professional. I am so happy I found her!

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

very happy with Dr Inkster- she was wonderful put me at ease too and she explained it all she also smiles at her patients- lovely doctor

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Dr Inkster is the best!

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Thoroughly, enjoyed Dr Inkster. Her care was genuine. I felt like she had concern for me as a person and a patient instead of being treated like just another number.

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