Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bernard Cahill, specializing in sports medicine and research for 20 years, put Peoria on the Olympic Games map in 1992 after years of dedicated effort to make central Illinois a part of the U.S. Olympic training scene. The culmination of years of planning and dedication was climaxed last spring when the United States Olympic weightlifting team was selected during competition with several other nations in Peoria.
Twenty-five years ago, sports medicine was a lot of talk. Today, sports medicine pioneers such as Dr. Cahill can take credit for faster, more complete recoveries by athletes and the general population alike. Dr. Cahill worked to establish the Great Plains Sports Medicine Science/Training Center, and has devoted much of his career to the wellbeing of youngsters.
Respected for his knowledge and work with sports medicine throughout the world, Dr. Cahill is clinical professor of Orthopedics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria and an ad hoc professor of sports medicine at Illinois State University.
He is a founding member and immediate past president of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, a member of President Ronald Reagan's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and chairman of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Asian Fellowship Program.