Brick Lantz, MD, Foundation President

Brick Lantz, MD
Foundation President

Dr. Lantz initiated the first Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Update in 1993, and has served as the Program Chair for the past 21 years.  He has an active clinical research portfolio including investigating total knee arthroplasty outcomes using custom cutting blocks compared to a standard approach and evaluation of primary and revision ACL outcomes. Dr. Lantz joined Slocum initially in 1989 as a Sports Medicine Fellow, and returned to practice in Eugene after completing a Knee & Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Australia Institute of Musculoskeletal Research in 1991. He participates in regular medical missions to developing countries, including three recent trips to Haiti.

Jason Tavakolian, MD, Foundation Vice President

Jason Tavakolian, MD, MS
Foundation Vice President

Dr. Tavakolian is a fellowship trained orthopedic hand surgeon who has been in private practice at the Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine since 2005. He has published in his field. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Tavakolian holds a M.S. in Physics. He has served as the medical expert on the University of Oregon’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) since 2012. Dr. Tavakolian is actively engaged in the Foundation’s research projects, serving as PI and Co-I on new protocols.

Brian Jewett, MD, Foundation Treasurer

Brian Jewett, MD, MS
Foundation Treasurer

Dr. Jewett is a fellowship trained orthopedic adult joint reconstruction surgeon, specializing in total knee and total hip arthroplasty. He has been in private practice at the Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine since 2001. He has published in his field, most recently (November 2013) in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI) in collaboration with the University of Oregon’s Department of Human Physiology. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Jewett holds a M.S. in Neuropharmacology.

Dennis Collis, MD, Foundation Secretary

Dennis Collis, MD
Foundation Board Member at Large

Dr. Collis has been actively engaged in the Foundation since inception. Recently retired from surgical practice, he has one of the most comprehensive outcome data collections on total hip replacement procedures in the country. Having served in the highest leadership capacity in his field, including Chairman of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, President of the Hip Society, and Board member for the national Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation, Dr. Collis now provides direction to the Slocum Foundation on outcome data collection and research.

Lou Osternig, PhD
Foundation Board Member at Large

Dr. Osternig is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. His research has focused on exercise-induced adaptations of the musculoskeletal system and how they benefit or adversely affect health. Over the past several years he has collaborated with a number of Slocum orthopedic surgeons on various studies examining musculoskeletal function before and after injury and surgery. During the past 12 years he has teamed with other University of Oregon researchers investigating the acute and long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) on cognitive and motor functions in university and high school students.


Marian Blankenship, MPA
Foundation Board Member at Large

Marian is currently the Director of Government Relations and Executive Director of the Foundation at PacificSource Health Plans. She brings a healthcare policy and nonprofit management perspective to the Slocum Foundation Board. Her background is diverse with a long history of public service, including staffing the State of Oregon’s Safety Net Advisory Council (SNAP) and serving as a liaison between state healthcare reform efforts and local community healthcare collaboratives. Prior to joining PacificSource, Marian was a Senior Program Associate at Health Policy Research Northwest in Eugene, OR, where she played an essential role in translating research findings into actionable community-level policy recommendations. As the Director of the PacificSource Foundationfor Healthcare Improvement, she oversees the company’s community investment programs with the goals of improving access to high quality healthcare; testing and implementing innovating care models; improving community health; and lowering costs across the healthcare system.

Nicholas L. Strasser, MD
Foundation Member at Large

Dr. Strasser joined the Foundation in 2018. He has been active in research since the beginning of his career at Slocum. Dr. Strasser is currently the PI on one investigator initiated study examining pain control after total ankle replacement. His work on evaluating the types of medical services utilized at the 2016 Track and Field Olympic Trials has recently been published in the Orthpaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. Recently, Dr. Strasser was recognized by our community as a recipient of the "20 under 40" award, honoring young professionals who demonstrate a commitment to business growth, community involvement and leadership. 


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