Our Team

A medical practice is only as good as its physicians. Luckily, South St. Louis Medical Associates has the best. And this matters to you, the patient, because internal medicine doctors are your first line of defense. From the common cold to ongoing and complex cardiac conditions, the first physician you see can affect the length of your treatment and the outcome of the healing process.

Our team includes:

Dr. James Compton

Dr. Kamlesh Vyas
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Dr. James (Jim) S. Compton, M.D.

Dr. Compton is a board-certified internist who founded South St. Louis Medical Associates in 2011. Prior to founding a practice based in premium patient care, he was a physician with Southwest Medical Center for almost two decades. He began private practice in 1986 when he was asked by Dr. John Matthews, a long-time fixture in the St. Louis community, to assume his internal medicine practice.

Dr. Compton graduated with honors and in the top tier of his class from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He served his residency at the University’s medical center, where he was Chief Resident. Following his residency, Dr. Compton was the Director of Outpatient Medicine at St. Louis County Hospital.

He currently teaches at St. Louis University, where he is a Full Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine. He has hospital privileges at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, SSM St. Clare Health Center, Des Peres Hospital, and St. Louis University Hospital. He is Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the Alpha Omega National Medical Honor Society.

A lifelong St. Louian, Dr. Compton is committed to the community in which he lives and works. He routinely contributes both time and money to Wings of Hope humanitarian Organization St. Louis Pilots; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; St. Louis Humane Society; The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA); and the Humane Society of the United States.

When he is not serving his large patient base that extends beyond St. Louis into surrounding cities and states, Dr. Compton enjoys spending time with his wife, flying airplanes and helicopters with his wife (also a long-time pilot), target  shooting, and spending time on his farm in Kentucky.

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Dr. Kamlesh Vyas, M.D.

Dr. Vyas is your Board Certified Internist who joined South St. Louis Medical Associates at its beginning. Born to a family of physicians in India, Dr. Vyas began his journey towards today.  He migrated to U.S.A. in 1997, already a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist.

He joined St. Louis University, Dept. of Geriatric Medicine (GRECC) to participate in the Research for better understanding and future cure of Alzheimer’s dementia. He served a General Surgery Internship at The Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Returned to St. Louis in 2002 to serve postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at Forest Park Hospital and served as Chief Resident in the last year. He continued on as a Teaching Attending Physician at the Internal Medicine Residency program until he joined Southwest Medical Center a Practicing Physician in 2006.

He continued  to also work as Emergency Medicine Physician at Forest Park Hospital ER and Des Peres Hospital ER, until 2008. In 2011, both Drs. Compton and Vyas left Southwest Medical Center, now providing premium, patient centered medical care at South St. Louis Medical Center. Dr. Vyas also served in US Air Force in the Reserve Forces and resigned his commission in 2014 as a Major.

Dr. Vyas has made St. Louis his home since 1997 and continues to provide a complete solutions care to his patients with added insight and expertise through his training in Internal Medicine, OBGYN and General Surgery since 2005. He also practices in a few nursing homes for his patients in Rehab and long term care settings.

When not serving his patients, Dr. Vyas enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, reading novels, and writing poetry.



Visiting Specialists:

Dr. Clayton Perry (Orthopedics)

Dr. Liwa Younis (Cardiologist)

Dr. Tammam Al Joundi (Cardiologist)

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