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Gabriela C. Poles, M.D., M.P.H.

Gabriela C. Poles, M.D., M.P.H.

Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery , Surgery , Cancer

4.9 out of 5 stars
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Appointment (585) 273-2727


Colorectal Surgery

90 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642

Colorectal Surgery

1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Surgery Center at Sawgrass

180 Sawgrass Drive, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14620

About Me

Dr. Gabriela Poles received her Medical Doctorate and her Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2012. She then completed her General Surgery Residency at Maine Medical Center in 2017, followed by a Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at St. Mark's Hospital in 2018.

Dr. Gabriela Poles received her Medical Doctorate and her Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2012. She then completed her General Surgery Residency at Maine Medical Center in 2017, followed by a Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at St. Mark's Hospital in 2018.

Dr. Poles' special interests are minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic, robotic and trans-anal surgery. She provides services for the breadth of colorectal surgery, including colorectal, appendiceal and anal cancer, diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease, pelvic floor disorders and anorectal diseases. Dr. Poles has a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease and complex diverticulitis. Her other interests include outcomes research and community health.

Dr. Poles' goal is to provide treatment to her patients with compassion, education, and patient partnership. She believes that this approach, combined with the most current knowledge available, achieves the best outcomes in the ever-changing field of medicine.

Dr. Poles is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Outside of work, Dr. Poles enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, hiking, biking and skiing.

Certified Specialties

Colon & Rectal Surgery - American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery

Surgery (General Surgery) - American Board of Surgery

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Surgery, Colorectal Surgery (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Colon & Rectal Surgery, St. Marks Hospital. 2017 - 2018

Residency, Surgery (General Surgery), Maine Medical Center. 2013 - 2017

Internship, Surgery (General Surgery), Maine Medical Center. 2012 - 2013


MD | Tufts University School of Medicine. 2012


Journal Articles

Surgical Informed Consent: A Scoping Review of Physician-facing Decision Support Tools.

Melucci AD, Erlick MR, Loria A, Russell MM, Temple LK, Poles GC

Annals of surgery open : perspectives of surgical history, education, and clinical approaches.. 2023 March 4 (1):e259. Epub 01/30/2023.

Evaluating Age as a Predictor of Postoperative Opioid Use and Prescribing Habits in Older Adults With Cancer.

Melucci AD, Lynch OF, Wright MJ, Baran A, Temple LK, Poles GC, Moalem J

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.. 2022 March 2 Epub 03/02/2022.

Motivations and Barriers Toward Implementation of a Rectal Cancer Synoptic Operative Report: A Process Evaluation.

Bidwell SS, Poles GC, Shelton AA, Staudenmayer K, Bereknyei Merrell S, Morris AM

Diseases of the colon and rectum.. 2022 March 165 (3):353-360. Epub 1900 01 01.

Colorectal carcinoma in pediatric patients: A comparison with adult tumors, treatment and outcomes from the National Cancer Database.

Langer M, Vasudevan SA, Nuchtern JG, Doski JJ, Goldin A, Gow KW, Goldfarb M, Beierle EA, Mayo SW, Clark DE, Poles GC

Journal of pediatric surgery.. 2016 July 51 (7):1061-6. Epub 12/01/2015.

Differential effects of blockade of dopamine D1-family receptors in nucleus accumbens core or shell on reinstatement of heroin seeking induced by contextual and discrete cues.

Bossert JM, Poles GC, Wihbey KA, Koya E, Shaham Y

The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience.. 2007 November 1427 (46):12655-63. Epub 1900 01 01.

Systemic and central amygdala injections of the mGluR2/3 agonist LY379268 attenuate the expression of incubation of sucrose craving in rats.

Uejima JL, Bossert JM, Poles GC, Lu L

Behavioural brain research.. 2007 August 6181 (2):292-6. Epub 05/01/2007.

The mGluR2/3 agonist LY379268 attenuates context- and discrete cue-induced reinstatement of sucrose seeking but not sucrose self-administration in rats.

Bossert JM, Poles GC, Sheffler-Collins SI, Ghitza UE

Behavioural brain research.. 2006 October 2173 (1):148-52. Epub 07/10/2006.

Ratings & Comments

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During this visit, did this provider spend enough time with you?

4.8 stars

During this visit, did this provider show respect for what you had to say?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider give you easy to understand information about these health questions or concerns?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?

4.8 stars

Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Dr. Poles interacted with me in the way I wish all providers would.

Jul 31, 2023

5.0 stars

So impressed with Dr. Poles - she made a scary hospital visit very calming and reassuring

May 19, 2023

5.0 stars

Dr. Poles is wonderful. She spent at least 40 mins. with me explaining everything.

May 17, 2023

Dr. Poles addressed my medical questions and concerns regarding my [...] which is quite tortuous and reassured me that she will be using a pediatric pentax scope or small scope if needed to advance to a further level to view the colon. Dr. Poles assurred me that she will advance this scope very slowly and will stop if my colon does not allow her to safely advance the scope. She addressed my fears and worries about a possible perforation. I discussed my new symptoms that occurred during the weekend and she explained why this happen and assurred me that this will not interfer with the colonoscopy and she will be able to perform the colonoscopy as planned for [...]. Dr. Poles advised me that she will use a different anesthesia that will allow her to safely advance the scope through my colon and I will not have the extremely uncomfortable experience where I woke up in the middle of the colonoscopy in [...]. I was concerned due to my present [...] fistula would this condition not allow the colon to fill up with air so that I may have a successful complete colonoscopy she addressed this and reassured me and provided me with confidence in knowing that I can take comfort that I am in the hands of a gifted colorectal surgeon who care about her patient well being both physically and mentally. She address my extensive list of allergies and stated that she will be able to recommend a Colon Prep which will allow me to have a successful colonoscopy. Her professional words provided me with a greater understanding, comfort and peace of mind.

Oct 28, 2022

5.0 stars

Because of other medical issues, there were stressful issues that Dr. Poles knew needed to be addressed & I cannot say enough how great she was dealing with this.

Oct 25, 2022

5.0 stars

Dr. Poles is an extraordinary physician - her care and concern for me made a difficult journey much easier.

Aug 30, 2022

4.2 stars

I truly appreciated how Dr. Poles was so open and made me feel relaxed and she addressed the fact that I had questions which I had typed up and had with me. I was thankful that Dr. Poles was honest and stated that she would take my questions and review them and answer them at my next scheduled appointment. I am so thankful that she recognized my medical questions and was willing to discuss them at my next scheduled in person visit and this made me feel respected due to the fact that she was willing to answer my questions and address them! I felt very confident with Dr. Poles - who took the time to do a internal exam which was the first Rectal Exam I had since my onset of my symptoms in [...] of 2021. [...] Dr. Poles is very professional and demonstrates that she has the welfare of her patients first and foremost. Dr. Poles made me feel that she wanted to have me scheduled for a Virtual Colonoscopy to see through the CT scan what is my present internal condition of my colon. She also physical examined me externally and did a complete physical assessment. I was so appreciative of Dr. Poles taking the time with me as a new patient.

Jun 14, 2022

5.0 stars

Dr. Poles spent a great deal of time with me. She listens to my concerns and answered all my questions. Dr. Poles suggested insightful ways in which I can deal with my stress.

Apr 29, 2022

5.0 stars

Dr. Poles is an excellent physician. She is very nice and compassionate with her patients.

Feb 25, 2022