Our GI Team

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

Ronald D Szyjkowski, MD

Ronald D Szyjkowski, MD
Appointed 05/24/99
Women's Health Network
318 Campus West Building (CWB)
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
315 464-5804

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

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

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Medicine


Web Resources

Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, 1997, Adult Gastroenterology
  • Residency: William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas, 1993, Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • Internship: William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas, 1990, Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • MD: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, IL, 1989

Clinical Interests

  • Barrett's esophagus and endoluminal therapy of Barrett's esophagus, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Diagnostic and therapeutic.

Education Interests

  • Development and teaching of endoscopic ultrasound techniques and advanced endoscopy techniques

Research Interests

  • Barrett's esophagus and endoluminal therapy of Barrett's esophagus, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Diagnostic and therapeutic.

Specialties & Certification

  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • 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
  • Chest Pain (Lung Related)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Weight Loss


  • Adults


  • Agile Capsule
  • Anorectal Manometry
  • Anoscopy
  • Barrx
  • Biliary Manometry
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
  • Endoscopic Argon Plasma Coagulation
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Esophageal Manometry Test
  • Esophageal Ultrasound
  • Esophageal pH Test - 24-Hour
  • Esophageal pH Test - 48-Hour
  • Esophagoscopy
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Ileoscopy
  • Lactose and Glucose Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Paracentesis
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Photofrin Laser Therapy
  • PillCam Esophageal and PillCam Small Bowel
  • Stool Occult Blood Testing


  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
  • American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)
  • American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital

Web Resources


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Selected references
Rensch, M.J., Szyjkowski, R., Shaffer, R.T., Fink, S., Kopecky, C., Grissmer, L., Enzenhauer, R., Kadakia, S. The prevalence of celiac disease autoantibodies in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Am J. Gastroenterol. 96(4):1113-1115, 2001.
Clinical Profile Shortcut: http://www.upstate.edu/findadoc/szyjkowr
Faculty Profile Shortcut: http://www.upstate.edu/faculty/szyjkowr
Raja VadlamudiRaja Vadlamudi, MBBS, MPH, FACP, 3rd Year Fellow, graduated from Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, India.  He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
Arundeep KahlonArundeep Singh Kahlon, MBBS, 2nd 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, MDPramod Pantangi, MBBS, 2nd 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 PavelockNatalie Pavelock, MD, 1st 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 AswathGanesh Aswath, MBBS, 1st Year Fellow, graduated from St. John's Medical College, India.  He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.
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.

Kathleen HillShioban Reilley
Shioban Reilley, RN worked as a RN for the Gastroenterology Division at University Hospital for 6 years. Shioban graduated from Onondaga Community College in 2000 and worked as an ICU/ER nurse. Shioban is currently working as a Nurse Administrator for University Gastroenterology at the Philip G. Holtzapple Endoscopy Center, newly certified in August 2012 as an Ambulatory Surgery Center.