Order of Merit recipient Dr Bernard Feldman

By National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum | June 04, 2010, 10:04 a.m. (ET)
Order of Merit
Bernard J. Feldman, M.D., Palos Park, Ill.

- Chosen to provide wrestling medical care at five Olympic Games

- Honored in 2008 with the FILA Silver Star

- Is the first physician honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his medical contributions

In 1983, Dr. Bernard Feldman volunteered to serve as Medical Director of the World Junior Wrestling Championships held in his home state of Illinois

Since then, he has worked over 120 international wrestling events, including five Olympic Games. He was selected as an official wrestling physician for 14 Senior World Championships, two Junior World Championships, two Cadet World Championships, five World Cups, two Pan American Games, nine Pan American Championships and two Junior Pan American Championships.

Feldman has served on the FILA Medical Prevention and Anti-Doping Department since 2001. In 2008, he was awarded FILA's Silver Star., one of the most prestigious awards given by the international wrestling association for his commitment to the sport.