March 14, 1938 – Feb. 13, 2020
Dr. Ronald G. Basalyga, longtime chief of gastroenterology at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, died Feb. 13 in his Hamburg home after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81.
Born in Buffalo, an only child, he was valedictorian of the class of 1956 at Lackawanna High School. While studying at Canisius College, he presented a paper on heart disease to the Seventh Interamerican Congress of Cardiology in Montreal.
After graduating summa cum laude from Canisius, he completed medical school at the University of Rochester in 1964, followed by a residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He served in the Navy as a surgeon from 1966 to 1968 with the Public Health Service in Washington, D.C.
Returning to Buffalo, Dr. Basalyga joined the gastroenterology staffs at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna and at Mercy Hospital. He headed the GI Department at Mercy Hospital for nearly 20 years and was made an honorary staff member when he retired in 2009.
He was a partner in Medical Associates PC in Hamburg and served on the staff of Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville prior to his retirement.
He was a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
A longtime resident of North Boston before moving to Hamburg 12 years ago, he founded the Basalyga Family Trust Scholarship Fund at SS. Peter and Paul Elementary School for students who want to attend a local Catholic high school.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Nancy Pandolfino, a retired medical secretary; two daughters, Lynn Carpenter and Rhonda Jank; a son, Ronald Jr.; and six grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Feb. 22 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Hamburg.