Michael A. Poles, MD, PhD

Physician Profile

Michael Poles, MD, PhDDr. Michael A. Poles is Associate Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Pathology, and Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program at the NYU School of Medicine. He is Section Chief of Gastroenterology at the Veterans Affairs Hospital - New York Harbor Healthcare System (VA NY Harbor) in Manhattan. Dr. Poles is highly respected for his dedication to excellence not only in patient care, but also in research and teaching.

Board certified in Gastroenterology, Dr. Poles’ patient practice is focused on general gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy. He takes care of patients with a range of gastrointestinal health issues, from colon cancer screening to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to liver disease, though his expertise is in HIV or AIDS-related gastrointestinal disease as well as other immune-related gastrointestinal diseases.

As a researcher, Dr. Poles’ focus includes the evaluation of gastrointestinal disease related to HIV infection, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and the role of the gut microbiome in gastrointestinal and immunological health. He has contributed numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, books, and book chapters to the Gastroenterology, Microbiology, and Immunology scientific literature.

In his role as a teacher at NYU, Dr. Poles is Director of the gastroenterology section of the medical school curriculum and teaches medical students in the areas of gastroenterology and physiology. He is Director of the colorectal cancer pillar of NYU’s Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21 Curriculum). He is also Director of the gastroenterology fellowship training program. Dr. Poles’ has received several teaching awards, including the NYU Gastroenterology Faculty of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and VA Hospital Teacher of the year.

Dr. Poles received his medical degree from the NYU School of Medicine. He served his internship and residency at the NYU Langone Medical Center (Tisch Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and Veterans’ Affairs Hospital) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, after which he served as the NYU Department of Medicine’s Senior Chief Medical Resident under Dr. Saul Farber. He completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology and his PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center.

Specialty: Gastroenterology

Practice Focus:
General gastroenterology
Gastrointestinal endoscopy
Gastroenterology education
HIV-related gastrointestinal disease
Immune-related gastrointestinal
   and hepatic disease
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Liver disease

Upper endoscopy (EGD)

Veterans Affairs New York Harbor
423 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

Appointments: Dr. Poles sees veterans who are referred to him through the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System.