Our GI Team

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

Sekou R Rawlins, MD

Sekou R Rawlins, MD
Appointed 08/13/12
Women's Health Network
205 Hill Medical Center
1000 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

315 464-8668

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Medicine: Gastroenterology
  • Women's Health Network: Gastroenterology


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2012, Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Additional Training: Jersey City Medical Center, 2005, Internal Medicine, Chief Resident
  • Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, 2004, Internal Medicine
  • MD: Howard University College of Medicine, 2001

Previous Appointments

  • SUNY Upstate Medical Center, 2005–2009

Clinical Interests

  • General Gastroenterology

    Basic and accessory endoscopy

    Bariatric Medicine

Education Interests

  • General Gastroenterology

Research Interests

  • Fatty Liver Disease, and its progression to liver cirrhosis

Specialties & Certification

  • Internal Medicine
  • Gastroenterology

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases


  • Adults


  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Colonoscopy
  • Conscious Sedation
  • EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
  • Endoscopic Argon Plasma Coagulation
  • Esophageal Manometry Test
  • Esophageal pH Test - 24-Hour
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Ileoscopy
  • Paracentesis
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)


  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), Member
  • American College of Physicians (ACP), Fellow
  • American Gastroenterological Association, Member
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Society
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), Member
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), Member

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
Clinical Profile Shortcut: http://www.upstate.edu/findadoc/rawlinss
Faculty Profile Shortcut: http://www.upstate.edu/faculty/rawlinss
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.