Destination: Southwest General Hospital

By: Steven Ramos, MD
Monday, November 4, 2013

My interest in medicine began at an early age. When I was 5 years old, I fractured my wrist in a bike accident. The physician who cared for me not only tended my wounds, he made the whole experience a fascinating, educational adventure. From then on, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was, “I want to be a doctor.”

Growing up in an Air Force family, I’ve lived all over the world — Washington, D.C., France, Germany, the Philippines. I speak three languages and make yearly medical mission trips to the remote mountains of Guatemala. Exposure to diverse cultures has enabled me to find common ground with almost everybody.

Throughout my career, I continued to have practices in the Northside, Downtown and the Southside areas of San Antonio. Yet I feel most at home in my Southside practice. The people at Southwest General Hospital remind me of my family in west Texas, and I am proud of the top-notch level of care I can offer here.

Southwest General Hospital’s enhanced endoscopic facilities empower my practice to stay abreast of advances in gastroenterology. By offering anesthesia assistance, I can utilize total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) to make exams safe and comfortable for the patient. This, combined with recent strides in the area of pancreato-biliary disease, enables me to routinely perform a technique less than half of gastroenterologists are trained to perform: endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, using digital fluoroscopy and allowing unlimited therapeutic modalities.

I have worked in every part of San Antonio, and I believe the level of care in gastroenterology at Southwest General Hospital is unsurpassed. Highly trained physicians work here, and quality service can be expected here. With state-of-the-art equipment and medicine, technical expertise and a compassionate staff, Southwest General Hospital allows me to provide quality care for my patients, to treat them like family.

That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.

Dr. Steven Ramos is a board-certified gastroenterologist who has practiced at San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates PA since 1986. He received a doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine, where he finished his residency and served as a faculty member before completing his training at Northwestern University. San Antonio Gastroenterology Associates is located at 520 East Euclid Ave. For more information, call 210-271-0606 or visit

Southwest General Hospital has provided high-quality health care for residents of southwest San Antonio for over 30 years and continues to be the only healthcare facility in this section of the city. Southwest General is a 327-bed facility staffed by experienced healthcare professionals. The hospital is committed to providing high-quality health services and an excellent patient experience. Southwest General is “A” rated in Patient Safety by The Leap Frog Group, Spring 2013. The hospital has also earned numerous distinctions for quality, including a HealthGrades five-star rating for maternity care seven years in a row, five-star rating for treatment of heart failure 2012, five-star rating for treatment of COPD 2012, five-star rated for pneumonia three years in a row (2010–12), five-star rated for treatment of sepsis three years in a row (2010–12). Southwest General has also earned the Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Stroke Certified with DNV. Southwest General Hospital is directly or indirectly owned by an entity that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff.