James C Vailas

Graduating class of 1974

Whether on the gridiron or on the operating table, Jim Vailas has always excelled. He was a multisport athlete at Central High School, an All State football selection in both his junior and senior years, and a captain of the New Hampshire Shrine Football Team. He attended Dartmouth College where he captained the football team and was selected to the All New England Team. In addition, Dr. Vailas was named the Alfred E. Watson Athlete of the Year in 1978 and received the Timothy Wright Ellis Award for the greatest overall contribution to the Dartmouth community. Dr. Vailas graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1981 and completed his surgical and orthopedic residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He continued his orthopedic training at the Kerwin Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles and completed a fellowship with the Los Angeles professional sports teams — the Rams, Dodgers, Kings and Lakers. In 1987, Dr. Vailas returned to George Washington and directed the sports medicine program. He returned to Manchester in 1990 to practice orthopedics and served as team physician for local college and professional teams. Recently voted the top NH Sports Medicine Physician by the NH Business Magazine, he remains active in the practice of orthopedics and sports medicine and as director of Safe Sports Network, a program that affords athletic trainers to local high schools and tends to other medical needs of student athletes and the Manchester community. Dr. Vailas has four children, twins Christina and Stephanie, Matthew and Nicholas. He joins his brother Arthur (recently appointed President of Idaho State University) who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.