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James C. Vailas, MD


Sports Medicine Specialist

James C. Vailas, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He subspecializes in sports medicine.

About James C. Vailas, MD

James C. Vailas, MD is a sports medicine surgeon who specializes in shoulder and knee reconstructions.

Dr. Vailas is committed to the long-term health and success of local athletes and understands their passion as an active athlete himself.

He finds satisfaction in helping athletes, from middle school to middle age, return to the activities they love.

“I find it very rewarding because most people are very motivated to get back. And the challenge for me is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon is to get them back to that level that they had before they got injured.”

He has always remembered one professor’s wise words. “You have to remember that each person is different. Even though they have the same knee injuries, your job is different. Their health is different, their expectations are different, their habits are different.”

Injury prevention and safety for young athletes are primary goals of the Safe Sports program of the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute, a nonprofit organization Dr. Vailas serves as President.

“Our athletic trainers provide evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation for students in the greater Manchester area and educate coaches, administrators and parents about preventing injuries.”

Education & Training

Dr. Vailas graduated medical school from Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH. He interned and did his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, California and did a traveling fellowship for pediatrics at St. Sophia’s Children’s Hospital, Athens Greece.


James C. Vailas, MD is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Vailas is President of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute which he co-founded in 1993.

He is also the team physician for St. Anselm College and Southern New Hampshire University.


Dr. Valias was voted top sports medicine doctor and top Orthopaedic Surgeon by New Hampshire Magazine

Hobbies and Interests

Dr. Vailas loves the outdoors and has been involved in sports his whole life. He likes to bike, hike, hunt and fish.


  • Knee
  • Pediatric
  • Shoulder
  • Sports Medicine

Dr. Vailas's Care Team

  • Scott M. Evans, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Scott works closely with Dr. Vailas and may see you before and after surgery. He is board certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants. Scott completed his master’s program for Orthopaedic Physicians Assistant at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska.

  • Pam K.

    Physician Coordinator


    Pam manages Dr. Vailas’s patient schedule and communication. If you have any questions or requests about your care, please give Pam a call.

Exceptional orthopaedic care designed to keep you in motion.