In 1962, Dr. Donald Slocum and Bill Bowerman, the University of Oregon Track & Field head coach and future US Olympic head coach, as well as co-founder of Nike, published an article titled "Biomechanics of Running" in the journal, Clinical Orthopedics.
Bill Bowerman believed that running shoes had to be lighter and more customized. Not long after, Dr. Stanley James was recruited to join Dr. Slocum in Eugene. Together, Dr. Slocum and Dr. James, partnered with Bowerman to treat running injuries and attempt to prevent injuries by redesigning athletic footwear.
The collaboration resulted in a synergy that did not abide by the commonly known “facts” in the fields of biomechanics, athlete training or gear development. As Dr. James relays the story, “Nike has been running ever since.”
In the early 1970’s, Dr. James continued to produce collaborative research with the University of Oregon’s Department of Human Physiology. He has authored over 57 publications, including pioneering articles such as "Injuries to Runners," published in one of the first editions of the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 1976.
As a member of the first AOSSM research committee, Dr. James helped define, at a national level, the critical gaps in knowledge within the field of Sports Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Stanley James was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Achievement from the University of Iowa. The award was followed in 2010 by an induction into the University of Oregon’s Track and Field Hall of Fame.
More recently, Dr. James joined Drs. Slocum and Larson in the American Society American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Hall of Fame.
As the field of Sports Medicine matured under the leadership of Drs. Slocum and James, a young surgeon by the name of Dennis Collis joined the practice. The concept of joint replacement to treat osteoarthritis was emerging as a potential treatment modality for disabling hip disease.
Dr. Collis performed the first total hip replacement procedure in Eugene, OR in 1971. Committed to documenting the reasons for success or failure, Dr. Collis developed one of the first computerized, comprehensive outcomes tracking and monitoring systems in a private practice setting.
Following in the footstep of his partners and mentors, Dr. Collis’ provided leadership and mentorship on the local, national and international stage as the President of The Hip Society, Russell Hibbs Society, North Pacific Orthopedic Association, and Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.
In addition, Dr. Collis was the Chairman of the Board for the national Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation from 1995 – 1998 and served locally on the governing board of Sacred Heart Medical Center for 16 years.