August 5, 2022


SAN ANTOINO, TEXAS - On a daily basis, over 15 million Americans suffer from a painful, burning sensation in the center of the chest most commonly known as heartburn or acid reflux. Now patients on the Southside of San Antonio can find relief from this chronic condition and its side effects at the new Center for Reflux and Foregut Disease. 

Dr. Ashwini Kumar and the team at Texas Vista Medical Center have new technology to diagnose and treat heartburn, reflux disease and dysphasia, difficulty in swallowing. Manometry is a minimally invasive diagnostic tool used to assess pressure and motor function of the esophagus (food pipe). It is used to evaluate the causes of gastric reflux, heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and functional chest pain. 

“Serious symptoms of acid reflux, also referred to as heartburn or GERD, can be debilitating and can affect your ability to enjoy life,” said Ashwini Kumar, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Board Certified Surgeon.  “With Manometry we can pinpoint the exact cause of acid reflux to determine the most appropriate treatment for a more permanent solution.”

When left untreated, acid reflux can lead to more serious health complications including ulcers, inflammation of the esophagus, and cancer.  Temporary fixes such as over the counter medications can deteriorate the lining of the stomach, lead to vitamin deficiencies and cause side effects such as thinning of the bone and kidney disease.

“We are committed to offering the health care services our community needs, and deserves, right here in our neighborhood,” said Jon Turton, FACHE, President of Texas Vista Medical Center. “With board certified physicians, new technology and skilled team members dedicated to serving our community, we are creating healthy horizons for those on the Southside of San Antonio.”

With the use of Manometry, the expert team at the Center for Reflux and Foregut Disease can assess the best treatment option for acid reflux/GERD and treat this condition either medically or surgically.

For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Kumar, call 210-953-7047


About Texas Vista Medical Center  
Texas Vista Medical Center is a 327-bed acute care hospital with specialties in Cardiology, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Women’s Health, Emergency Services, Physical Therapy, Wound Care, and Psychiatric Services. Its medical staff includes skilled, board-certified physicians representing a wide range of medical specialties. Texas Vista Medical Center is part of Steward Health Care, a physician-led health care services organization committed to providing the highest quality of patient care.  

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care’s physician-owned and -led business model was built to unlock access to the highest-quality care at a sustainable cost, committed to providing personalized, ongoing medical services that positively impact patients’ physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.

Founded in 2010 by Ralph de la Torre, M.D., Steward Health Care is the largest physician-owned health care network with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 health care professionals empowering the health and wellness journey of 12.3 million patients a year through its extensive global network of hospitals, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and substantial behavioral health services.

Based in Dallas, Steward currently operates 39 hospitals around the world, including 34 across Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah, as well as five internationally within Malta and Colombia. For more information, visit