Class of 2012
Born in Philadelphia, Bernard Feldman attended Lower Merrion High School in Ardmore, PA. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was a 1961 graduate.
For almost 30 years, Doctor Bernard Feldman has donated his time and expertise to providing quality medical services to the wrestling community, both within the United States and around the world.
He has worked at over 130 international events since he began his career in wrestling in 1983, where he volunteered his time to work as the Medical Director for the Junior World Wrestling Championships in Oak Lawn, IL. According to Dr. Feldman “I was approached by the event director, (IWCOA Hall of Fame Member) Bill Vail, to provide medical coverage. I said that I would come out for the first session and I’d have my residents work the others. I was so captured by the excitement and the intensity of the sport that I attended all twelve sessions.”
Doctor Feldman has served in many capacities, doing whatever he can to assist the athletes and help the sport. He has been a FILA appointed physician, USOC appointed physician, a USA Wrestling assigned physician, a medical director, a staff physician, a team physician or a delegation member during his career. He has taken time away from his medical practice and his family to attend these events, working long hours to attend to the needs of wrestlers of all nations.
In his various medical positions, he has traveled to 25 different countries on six continents. Major events where Doctor Feldman has served included five Olympic Games, 18 Senior World Championships, four Junior World Championships, two Cadet World Championships, five World Cups, two Pan American Games, ten Pan American Championships, one Junior Pan American Championship and one Cadet Pan American Championship. He will be attending the 2012 Olympics in London as one of four FILA appointed physicians who will provide medical care, as well as monitor drug testing, to wrestlers who compete at the Games.
He has also worked numerous major events within the United States including the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the U.S. National Championships, the U.S. World Team Trials, the Olympic Festival, and the University National Championships, the Virginia Duals, the Concord International Greco-Roman Tournament, the NCAA Wrestling Championships, the Big 10 Wrestling Championships and many others.
Doctor Feldman is currently a member of the FILA Medical Prevention and Anti-Doping Department, having served on this FILA Commission since 2001. He has been honored with a FILA Silver Star and FILA Gold Star and he has been inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame under the Order of Merit. He is the first physician to receive this national honor.