Our GI Team

Ronald D. Szjkowski
Ronald D. Szyjkowski, MD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology

Philip G Holtzapple, MD

Philip G Holtzapple, MD
Appointed 12/30/14
Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-1600

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Medicine

Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1970, Gastroenterology
  • Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania Health System, 1968, Gastroenterology
  • Residency: University of Pennsylvania Health System, 1966, Internal Medicine
  • MD: Pennsylvania State University, 1963

Specialties & Certification

  • Gastroenterology

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • AVM - GI Vessel
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia
  • Acute Pancreatitis
  • Alcoholic Fatty Liver
  • Anal Fissure
  • Anal Sphincter Tear
  • Anemia
  • Angiodysplasia of Intestine
  • Ascites, Malignant
  • Barretts Esophagitis
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Bright Red Blood per Rectum
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Chronic Pancreatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Colitis, Unspecified
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Duodenal Ulcer
  • Dyspepsia
  • Dysphagia
  • Early Satiety
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Dysmotility
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophageal Ulcer
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Esophagitis
  • Fatigue
  • Fecal Impaction
  • Fecal Urgency
  • GI Bleed
  • Gallstones
  • Gastritis
  • Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases
  • Gastroparesis
  • Guaiac Positive Stool
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatoma, Malignant
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Incomplete Defecation
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Gas
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Jaundice
  • Liver Transplant
  • Malabsorption, Intestinal
  • Melena
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Pancreatic Cyst
  • Pancreatic Mass
  • Polyps in the Colon and Rectum
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Pouchitis
  • Proctalgia Fugax
  • Proritis Ani
  • Rectal Pain
  • Stomach Flu
  • Stomach Ulcer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Vomiting Syndrome
  • Weight Loss


  • Adults


  • Agile Capsule
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Anoscopy
  • Biliary Manometry
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
  • Endoscopic Argon Plasma Coagulation
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Manometry Test
  • Esophageal pH Test - 24-Hour
  • Esophageal pH Test - 48-Hour
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Ileoscopy
  • Lactose and Glucose Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • PillCam Esophageal and PillCam Small Bowel
  • Stool Occult Blood Testing


  • Northeastern Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA)
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
  • American Federation for Clinical Research
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
  • Gastroenterology Research Group (GRG)
  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • American College of Physicians (ACP)


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Research Abstract

Selected References

Holtzapple, P.G. (1992) The diagnosis and therapy of cirrhosis and it's complications. The Office Management of Digestive Diseases. Ed. J.T. Danzi and J.A. Scopellitis, Lea Febriger.

Veerabagu, M.P., Opara, E., Meguid, M.M., Nandi, J., Gleason, J.R., Oler, A., Holtzapple, P.G., and Levine, R.A. (1996) Mode of food intake reduction in Lewis rats with indomethacin-induced ileitis. Physiology & Behavior, 60:1.

Faculty Profile Shortcut: http://www.upstate.edu/faculty/holtzapp
Arundeep Kahlon
Arundeep Singh Kahlon, MBBS, 3rd Year Fellow, graduated from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, India. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Jad Bou-Abdallah, MD
Pramod Pantangi, MBBS, 3rd Year Fellow, graduated from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India.  He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine; and a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Natalie Pavelock
Natalie Pavelock, MD, 2nd Year Fellow, graduated from Poznan University of Medical Sciences Center for Medical Education in English, Poland. She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Ganesh Aswath
Ganesh Aswath, MBBS, 2nd Year Fellow, graduated from St. John's Medical College, India.  He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.
Dhruv Lowe 
Dhruv Lowe, MBBS, 1st Year Fellow, graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College, India.  He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Natalya Iorio 
Natalya Iorio, MD, 1st Year Fellow, graduated from Temple University School of Medicine, US.  She completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
DFarenga Debra Farenga, NP, is a 1995 graduate of Syracuse University with a Masters of Science as a Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health and continued a post-masters in Family NP. She has an extensive background in critical care nursing and education prior to advanced practice. Before joining the University Gastroenterology practice, Debra has practiced in both primary care and internal medicine, hematology/oncology, and most recently in Emergency Medicine. She is board certified by the ANCC in Adult Health and is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of NYS.
Andrea Hone

Andrea Hone, RN has worked as an RN for Upstate University Hospital for the past 14 years.  She worked both in the Pediatric ICU and Surgical ICU.  Andrea was the Patient Service Supervisor for the 5e Pre & Post Care unit for 5+ years and is now currently working as the Endoscopy Nursing Unit Director.

Michelle Henry, RN Michelle Henry, RN, Nurse Administrator Suite 205 University Gastroenterology.  1995 graduate of Crouse Hospital College of Nursing.
Andrea Cerone, RN Andrea Cerone, RN, BSN, has worked as an RN for 16 years with 9 of those years as an Endoscopy Nurse.  During that time, she has functioned as an Endoscopy Charge Nurse and Infection Control Coordinator.  She is currently working as the Endoscopy Nurse Manager at Upstate Gastroenterology, LLC (d/b/a University Gastroenterology at the Philip G. Holtzapple Endoscopy Center).