L. Robert "Doc" Fallot, M.D.
Pioneer in Sports Medicine

On March 2, 1922 Leon Robert Fallot was born to Robert, an Amityville Village motorcycle policeman, and his wife, Marion. An only child, Bobby went on to excel in school both scholastically and athletically as a straight A student and a three-letter varsity athlete. Graduating high school at the age of 16, he enrolled at Columbia University on a full scholarship, majoring in premed while playing three varsity sports, football, basketball and baseball and also working as a short order cook for his spending money. After medical school, a stint in the US Navy on a hospital ship in World War II and his medical residency, he returned to Amityville where, in 1949, he established his private practice. But it wasn?t long before his love of sports crept into his practice of medicine.

"Doc" as he affectionately came to be known, was a pioneer in sports medicine. As the team doctor for Amityville, then Lindenhurst and later Hampton Bays and East Hampton, Doc was a great friend of wrestling for more than three decades. His genius was using ground breaking medical techniques, especially for the cauliflower ear, that became textbook to those who came after him and remain so to this day. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Long Island?s wrestlers were returned to the mats through Doc?s talents. His presence at local tournaments was a common sight and a comfort to coaches, parents and wrestlers alike. His concern and caring for the well being of athletes was unwavering ? not just for their physical wellness but also for their whole self. Many a wrestler came to his Amityville, and later Hampton Bays, office not because they were hurt, but because they just wanted to see Doc and his beloved wife, Betty. His love of wrestling did not stop at the local level. He was attending physician for many years at the New York State Wrestling Championships, New York Athletic Club tournaments and the team physician for the 1964 United States Olympic Wrestling Team. Dr. Fallot was inducted into the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1972 and was named Suffolk County Wrestling Man of the Year in 1976, but the greatest honor of all was his 2007 induction in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

A practical joker, with an infectious laugh, Doc was a generous man who loved what he did. Perhaps the love and respect gained of the athletes whom he cared so much for are best summed up by these words of Jack Mahoney. "Those of us in Suffolk County who were treated by Doc know that we were treated by the best. To this day we miss Doc and Betty Fallot. Their medical help, their moral support, their lessons taught, their smiles, their laughter, their willingness to help and treat anyone, at anytime, without asking for an insurance card. We were blessed to be friends of Doc and Betty. They changed our lives. They shared our love."

In 1993, a year after Doc"s passing, the Section IX Suffolk County Wrestling Championships were renamed the Doc Fallot Memorial Suffolk County Wrestling Championships. Today, his memory lives on through the Doc Fallot Scholarship Fund, which every spring awards a substantial college scholarship, in his name, to a deserving Suffolk County Wrestler Scholar/Athlete.