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Welcome to
Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

As the Pacific Northwest's premier provider of progressive orthopedic care, the Slocum Center offers advanced, highly specialized musculoskeletal care that is designed to help restore and enhance your bone, muscle, and joint health.

Our practice is named for Dr. Donald B. Slocum, who was an early pioneer in the field of orthopedic sports medicine and a devoted champion of innovative approaches to orthopedic care. Today, we still share Dr. Slocum’s fundamental passion for improving patient health through a multidisciplinary team devoted to musculoskeletal care driven by research and innovation.

Proudly serving area residents since 1939, we provide world-class care and an exceptional patient experience at our main campus in Eugene as well as through our satellite office in Springfield.

To explore the history of Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and learn about why we are here and what we offer to help you and your loved ones live in motion, please use the buttons provided or continue reading.
 

Beginning of an Era

A memorable year in Ducks history, 1967 marked the beginning of an era in Autzen Stadium and the birth of what has since become one of the nation’s leading sports medicine programs—right here in Eugene at the University of Oregon.

Long before injury timeouts and sideline evaluations, a young yet talented orthopedic surgeon by the name of Donald B. Slocum, MD, completed his elite medical training in the Midwest and embarked on a journey to the West Coast. It was a move that many in his field advised against but, as it came to be, was one that placed Eugene in the books of medical literature.

After establishing his clinic in Eugene, Dr. Slocum served six years in World War II and practiced medicine at the nationally renowned Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. It was during his service time at Walter Reed that Dr. Slocum’s exposure to war injuries provided him with the expertise and experience to author An Atlas of Amputations. The text was so ahead of its time that it still serves as a definitive reference for orthopedists even today and signified to his peers at the time that he was one to watch.

Dr. Slocum returned to Eugene and slowly began to build his practice, handpicking skilled surgeons to join him in offering comprehensive orthopedic care. Although he primarily practiced general orthopedic medicine, Dr. Slocum’s focus, and that of his practice, soon changed after treating his son’s football-related knee injury.

While seeking resources to better understand the medical treatment of athletes, it became quite clear to Dr. Slocum that little was known about the lasting implications of sports-related injuries. This inspired Dr. Slocum to pursue this area of study in the hope of helping athletes return to their full form and function after an injury, his passion and dedication catching the eyes and ears of Oregon coaches.

Given the opportunity to provide orthopedic care for all University of Oregon and Oregon State athletes, Dr. Slocum took his expertise a step further. Now entrenched in the world of sports injuries and athletic performance, he along with three other orthopedists in the U.S. founded the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), which today is the international authority on orthopedic and sports medicine–related research and education. More locally, Dr. Slocum collaborated with the legendary University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman. And together, they finalized the trademark upright running posture of Oregon runners, a technique that led former Oregon runner Otis Davis to an Olympic gold medal in 1960.

His name now synonymous with the term “sports medicine,” Dr. Slocum remained committed to the field of medicine and made history once more with his studies of knee joint ligaments and their role in joint stability during movement—findings that further demonstrated orthopedic leadership from Eugene and prompted peers like Drs. Robert Larson and Stanley James to pursue a chance to work alongside him. Immediately impressed with their skill and expertise, Dr. Slocum included them both in his work with Oregon Athletics and sports-related injuries, creating the start of an elite team of sports medicine experts. A short time later, the specialists of Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, then referred to as Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic of Eugene, formally became The Official Orthopedic Sports Medicine Team Physicians for University of Oregon Athletics in 1967.

Five decades later and still proudly serving Oregon Athletics, Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has maintained its team approach to athletic care both on and off the field. From the athletes, coaches, and athletic trainers to the current sideline care and support of the orthopedic partners and staff of Slocum Center, the collaboration between teams requires a level of commitment beyond most expectations, clearly differentiating Oregon Athletics from others in the Pac-12 and the nation at large.

“For us, there has been no greater reward than contributing to such an extraordinary athletic program alongside this talented group of athletes and professionals,” said Oregon Athletics and Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician emeritus Dr. Donald Jones.

By continuously displaying leadership, commitment, and innovation, Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has remained one of the nation’s leading authorities in sports medicine care. Established by one of the founding fathers of sports medicine and having grown to be a 26-physician group with three American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame inductees, Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is proud to live up to the honor of being The Official Orthopedic Sports Medicine Team Physicians for University of Oregon Athletics Since 1967.

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Donald B. Slocum, M.D.

Our Mission

Our mission at Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is to enhance health and knowledge by providing advanced, comprehensive, and integrated orthopedic care for all patients in the Pacific Northwest.

Our Values

Patient Experience

Provide equal access to orthopedic specialists who partner with patients to restore health and function.

Excellence

Recognized as regional leaders in evidence-based care, committed to superior results, outcomes, and value for our patients.

Teamwork

Care providers work together to ensure the best orthopedic services are available for patients at all of our locations.

Culture

Physicians and staff take pride in creating an organization that promotes trust, respect, support, and professional development.

Community

Give back through education, service, research, resources, and partnerships.

Professional Leadership

Pioneering advancements in the orthopedic and sports medicine fields through professional affiliations and collaboration, with a commitment to service, training, and mentorship.

Independence

Carry on our legacy of a fiscally responsible, physician-governed private practice serving two hospitals for the benefit of our patients.

Main Campus Overview

We are proud to be Oregon’s center for orthopedic excellence—a place that exists to help restore and enhance your musculoskeletal health. By conveniently locating all you need in one place, you’ll be assured of the highest level of care for your aches and pains. 

Our state-of-the-art Eugene facility encompasses:

  • Diagnostic imaging
  • An outpatient surgery center
  • Rehabilitation services
  • A therapy pool
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Durable medical equipment services

Our four-story, 80,000-square-foot building was completed in the summer of 2007 and received the coveted LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Because we focus on health, it is only natural for us to protect and enhance our community’s environmental health as well in the construction and operation of the Slocum Center.

We look forward to assisting you in attaining higher levels of health while you’re here.