IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

THE HONOUREE

Dr. Barry Dolman

Chair of the Canadian Division of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
Immediate Past President, Ordre of Dentists of Quebec

"Dentists are on the front lines of oral cancer detection as we execute preventive examinations. A successful prognosis depends on rapid access to qualified oral pathologists to confirm a diagnosis."


Meet Dr. Barry Dolman - click here...

Born in Montreal and holding a doctorate in dentistry from the University of Montreal as well as a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, Dr Dolman has been in private practice since 1975 and served as president of the Order of dentists of Quebec from 2011 to 2019.

From 1976 to 1986, he was a clinician at the University of Montreal. From 1985 to 1998, he sat on the board of directors of the Quebec Dental Surgeons Association and then at the Canadian Dental Association where he was elected only the 5th Jewish president in 1996 in the 100-yr. history of that organization. He was national secretary of the International Dental Federation in 1997, and elected President of the International Society for Dental Regulators in 2016.

During his professional career he was a consultant for emerging companies in the Quebec dental technology sector, an adviser for the dental and pharmaceutical industry in addition to contributing to the development of policies and federal taxation in dental health. He regularly contributes to the media on matters related to oral health.

Dr. Dolman is Chair of the Canadian Division of the International Pierre Fauchard Academy providing scholarships and grants to support projects of access to oral care.

He has been an ardent defender of philanthropy for oral care through the O.D.Q. Foundation and personally contributed more than $100,000 to date to Jewish Eldercare, a C.H.S.L.D. caring for vulnerable patients suffering from among others, Alzheimer’s disease.

As a practitioner, he is proud to care for many grandchildren of his original patients from various regions of Quebec. Dr. Dolman always maintains direct communications with patients, recognizing that fear continues to be a major barrier to accessing dental care in 2020.

His numerous implications have earned him various recognitions, including Fellowships of the L'Académie Dentaire du Quebec, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College and the American College of Dentistry. He is a life member of the Québec Dental Surgeons Association and an honorary member of the Canadian Dental Association, the highest distinctions awarded by those organizations in recognition of his exceptional contributions.

A passionate advocate for access to quality oral health care, Dr. Dolman has dedicated much of his career to advocating for a health care system that puts the patient first.

Whether as a practitioner, speaker, consultant, regulator or spokesperson, he takes advantage of all the forums available to convince decision-makers of the importance of considering oral care on the same equal footing as other parts of the human body, with universal health care coverage. His expertise, networking and national, European and international discourse continues to raise the skills of Quebecers in matters of regulation and mobility.

In his professional engagement, and more specifically as president of the Canadian Dental Association, he campaigned successfully for the federal government to grant a tax credit that would allow small unincorporated businesses to offer dental insurance to their employees. In Quebec City, he put pressure on the ministers responsible for the condition of the elderly and succeeded in obtaining recognition so that full oral care services intended for the elderly are now being integrated into the residential environment.

He pleaded with conviction for the medically required coverage of oral care by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), leading to the recent establishment of a pediatric oncology oral care program offered by the Department of Health and Social Services for young children with cancer.

In search of new models of governance and innovative technologies aimed at improving health services and modernizing the supervision of health professionals, Dr. Dolman without hesitation advocates for greater cooperation between health professionals and the urgent need for reforms to make health legislation more agile so as to meet the real needs of patients. Dr Dolman was also a tireless defender of the linguistic rights of his French colleagues to obtain obligatory examinations and certifications from all national dental accreditation organizations.

Throughout his tenure as President of the O.D.Q, he always engaged in constructive dialogue and networking with organizations, government and professionals to find solutions to the complex challenges that patients face today.

He remains the only Jewish President of The Order of Dentists ever elected, securing two consecutive mandates with the massive support of his Francophone colleagues from every region in Quebec, until he decided to legislate term limits and cede his own position under his conviction for best governance practices.

CAMPAIGN CHAIRS

Ruth Remer

Philanthropist

"I saw first-hand the skill, the knowledge and the kindness that Prof. Kaplan and Prof. Vered, from TAU’s Dental Pathology Laboratory, offer their patients."


Meet Ruth Remer - click here...

I’m Ruth Remer, and I’m most proud to act as Campaign Chairwoman for Tel Aviv University’s Dental Pathology Laboratory.

Born and raised in Montreal, I moved to Israel in 1971, where I now live in Avichayil, a small Moshav near Netanya. But, I remain a proud citizen of Canada. Though I live in Israel I spend considerable time in Canada. In one of my early longer sojourns, I attended Concordia University and received a degree in Psychology, and in Israel, an L.L.B. from Netanya Academic College.

Along with all this, I’ve raised four children, and today I have 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

My interest in Tel Aviv University’s Dental Pathology Laboratory

Some time ago, as a result of a severe gum inflammation, I was diagnosed with Oral PVL.

I came to know Professors Ilana Kaplan and Marilena Vered, of Tel Aviv University’s Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine. Two extraordinary dental pathologists, who continue to treat me at Beilinson Hospital, one of Tel Aviv University’s affiliated hospitals. I saw, and continue to experience, first-hand the skills, the knowledge and the kindness they offer patients.

I have visited their lab several times, and I can tell you, it is in dire need of renovation to bring the workstations and equipment up to 21st century standards, and thus greatly enable the work of these two professors and their colleagues. To that effect, I was happy to make a significant contribution to the purchase of a new, state of the art, microscope, which has been of immense help to them in their pathology work.

Diseases such as breast cancer and Aids get a lot of attention, especially when celebrities are unfortunately stricken. Consequently, funding follows. But I suggest that diseases of the mouth are less well-known to the general public, and thus research funding is needed more. For example, Oral cancer is the most common form of oral pathologies, and the deadliest as well – in fact, nearly half of patients with this condition won’t live more than five years past their initial diagnosis. This is because far too many cases of oral cancer aren’t caught until it’s too late. Without a strong funding commitment, the conquering of these diseases will be delayed.

Let us, together, open our hearts and wallets for this most worthy cause, and show the folks at the Tel Aviv University’s Dental Pathology Laboratory that we Canadians care like no other for research and treatments that will change the world.

I look forward to be working with you on this so important cause and campaign, and I thank you in advance for your generous contributions.

With warm regards,

Ruth Remer

Dr. Benjamin Saleh

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

“Growing up in Israel and being a Maxillofacial surgeon gave me a strong appreciation to the task at hand.  A well equipped oral pathology lab is a crucial component in the treatment of patients with Maxillofacial diseases and helping support Israel and its population is our obligation. “


Meet Dr. Benjamin Saleh - click here...

Doctor Saleh obtained his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in dental surgery at Université McGill in 1985. He received a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery from the Montefiore Medical Center in New York in 1989. He is a fellow of the American Society of Dental Anesthesiology and the Académie Pierre Fauchard. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Saleh is affiliated with the Jewish General Hospital of Montreal and McGill University where he teaches residents.

As a dedicated oral surgeon, he performs surgery, including several other related procedures on both soft and hard tissues of the oral regions, thus treating defects, injuries and diseases. He collaborates with other medical professionals, such as orthodontists and restorative dentists to provide the right treatment plan. He also performs the needed surgery in order to prepare the mouth for procedures such as dental implants.

In 2003 and 2004, he was President of the Association des chirurgiens buccaux et maxillofaciaux du Québec. He is a conference speaker for the Ordre des Dentistes as well as at national and international conventions.

THE COMMITTEE

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Alpha Omega Mount Royal Dental Society
Dr. Marcelo Bercovici, President

Israel Bonds Dental Division
Dr. Jacob Tink, Chairman

Israel Bonds Dental Division Committee
Dr. David Baker
Dr. Elliot Goldenberg
Dr. Sam Israelovitch
Dr. Ben Saleh
Dr. Melvin Schwartz
Dr. Marvin Steinberg
Dr. William Steinman
Dr. Michael Tenenbaum
Dr. Harry Wise
Dr. Martin Wise

Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University
Mr. Sharon J. Fraenkel, Executive Director, Ottawa, Quebec & Atlantic Canada
Mr. Stephen Adler, Executive Director, Ontario and Western Canada

Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University Campaign Committee
Dr. Joel Abikhzer
Dr. Jonathan Albilia
Dr. Roy Aviv
Dr. Arav David
Mr. Alex Elbaz
Dr. Noemi Elhadad
Prof. Liran Levin
Dr. Paul Lieberman
Dr. Ronnie Korman
Dr. Jason Retter
Dr. Marcy Schwartzman
Dr. Stewart Shapiro
Dr. Michael Tenenbaum
Dr. Avi Wurman

YOUR SUPPORT

Be Part of The Next Big Idea at Tel Aviv University
and Make a Double Mitzvah.

THE PROJECT

The Oral Pathology Laboratory


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Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University (CFTAU) has launched a nationwide campaign in support of the Oral Pathology Department at Tel Aviv University’s (TAU) Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine. This joint effort aims to raise funds for urgently needed renovations and to purchase the required technical equipment to up-grade the oral pathology lab. This will allow students and researchers to expand on their great work with the latest technology available.

Oral cancer is less known to the public than any other cancer. It is the most common form of oral pathology as well as the deadliest. In fact, nearly half of patients with this condition won’t live more than five years past their initial diagnosis.

We are committed to conquering these diseases and speeding up diagnosis and treatments through strong financial support under the chairwomanship of Mrs. Ruth Remer, who recently equipped the Lab with a brand-new state-of-the-art microscope. Originally from Montreal and now living in Israel, Mrs. Remer was diagnosed with Oral PVL and during her treatments came to know Profs. Ilana Kaplan and Marilena Vered, who run the Dental Pathology Laboratory. She saw first-hand the skill, the knowledge and the kindness they offer patients.

TAU has the only academic department in Israel to train oral pathologists. The importance of this lab at a national, and international, level is another aspect of these much-needed improvements.

It is our mission to bring the Facility to 21st century standards, so we can continue to improve the clinical and scientific outcomes while training professionals in oral pathology and medicine for the years to come.

The Department of OPOM offers five major courses including Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis -- Treatment Planning and Emergency Dental Procedures, Dental Treatment to Medically Compromised Patients, Oral Radiology.

In addition to the five courses, the undergraduate students participate in the Oral Medicine Clinic, which provides special care in the following areas; Mucosal Diseases and Oral Cancer, "Dry Mouth", "Burning Mouth", Geriatric Oral Care, Oral and Facial Pain, Medically-Compromised Patients, Oral Radiology.

There are two postgraduate programs: Specialty of Oral Pathology – 3.5 years and Specialty of Oral Medicine – 4.0 years.

Your support and generosity will enable Tel Aviv University’s Dental Pathology Laboratory to continue pursuing the unknown by pushing boundaries, transforming lives and making an impact in Israel and around the world.

Thank you for being part of the Next Big Idea!

THE DEPARTMENT

Prof. Shlomo Matalon

Head, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University


Meet Prof. Shlomo Matalon - click here...

Thank you to our Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University for taking the lead in raising the critical funds needed to improve our Oral Pathology Department at the Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine. On behalf of all professors, researchers, students, and patients, your generous support will enable us to launch new ideas and will help us to continue to thrive into the 21st century.

Toda Raba!"

Prof. Matalon graduated from the Goldschlager School of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, at Tel-Aviv University in 1986 where he obtained his DMD degree and serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation since his graduation. He attended a four-year Post-doctoral programme with emphasis on antibacterial properties of dental materials, at the Department of Prosthodontics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 2008.

Prof. Matalon has been a member of the IADR since 1989.  Served as the president of the Israeli Division of IADR (2014) and a board member of the Pan-European Region of IADR (since 2013). A member and co-founder of the International Academy of Adhesive Dentistry.

His primary research interest involves studies related to the interaction between bacteria, dental materials and dental implants, on which Prof. Matalon has published more than 50 original papers on peer- reviewed journals. Prof. Matalons is a reviewer for several journals and lecture nationally and internationally. In 2014, he became the Head of School of Dental Medicine in Tel Aviv University

Prof. Ilana Kaplan

Director, Oral Pathology Department, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University


Meet Professor Kaplan - click here...

I was born in Romania and my family immigrated to Israel when I was 2 years old. After serving in the IDF for 2 years, I studied at TAU’s Dental School where I graduated in 1982. I then went on to work as a dentist in a community clinic for several years, and at the same time became a mother of 3.

My interest in Tel Aviv University’s Dental Pathology Laboratory

I decided to specialize in oral pathology and was accepted back to the Dental School at TAU, graduating in 1995. I stayed on at the Pathology Department to teach dental students, as well as train residents in oral pathology and oral medicine within our department. As a researcher, my focus is on oral cancer and pre-malignant conditions of the oral mucosa, with over 70 scientific publications and active participation in conferences both in Israel and internationally.

Due to the lack of licensed oral pathologists in Israel, I am also head of the oral pathology services in two major medical centres in the Tel Aviv area, serving as a consultant to the Departments of Oral Surgery, ENT, Dermatology and Oncology.  Within the Oral Pathology Biopsy Service at TAU, I am involved in consulting for cases referred from other hospitals in which there are no oral pathologists.

I am proud to have taken part in teaching oral pathology to the next generations of dentists and specialists, a field which I feel is extremely important. Oral cavities are more than teeth and tooth aches - well trained dentists should be able to recognize and diagnose various abnormalities, which may represent systemic disease, pre-malignancy or oral cancer. Considering that for over 10 years, TAU has been the only place in which oral pathology is being actively taught in Israel, I feel even stronger that it should continue to thrive and provide the highest level of academic and research standards.

This has been my mission for the last 30 years, and I hope that with your generous contribution, we will be able to renovate our department and laboratory floor, as well as acquire state of the art equipment, so we can continue to keep a high level of research, diagnosis, teaching and training.

Prof. Marilena Vered

Professor of Oral Pathology, The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University


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“Under the pathologist's microscope, life and death fight in an illuminated circle in a sort of cellular bullfight..." Yann Martel, The High Mountains of Portugal

I was born in Romania and immigrated to Israel at the age of 10. I completed Elementary School and High School in Bat Yam, served 2 years in the IDF and graduated dentistry in 1992 at the Faculty of Dental Medicine, at Hebrew University, in Jerusalem.

My interest in Tel Aviv University’s Dental Pathology Laboratory

I was determined to continue my training in dentistry and therefore chose the specialty of oral pathology at the Department of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine, School of Dental Medicine at Tel Aviv University (TAU). I enjoyed every day of my training, as each time I looked at the microscope, I was able to discover an entire world speaking to me in a new language that I was eager to familiarize with as fast as possible. I also became well aware of the challenges and responsibility that a pathologist has to cope with, but this did not deter me from my plan to become a specialist in oral pathology!

I graduated my training in 2001 and remained in the department in which I was trained at TAU. My mentors, Prof. Amos Buchner and Prof. Dan Dayan (z’l), who founded the specialty of oral pathology in Israel, introduced me into the fascinating world of research in the field of oral pathology. So, being equipped with knowledge and terms of basic research I started to build up my professional way.

For nearly 20 years, I have kept passing my knowledge and experience to under-graduate students, trainees and specialists from various disciplines in dentistry, always emphasizing our main goal as doctors - listen to the patients, ask them questions, examine thoroughly the entire oral cavity, and even if a small “innocent-looking” lesion is found, a right diagnosis and fast treatment can save their lives!      

In addition to my work at TAU, I am also in charge of oral pathology services in the Department of Pathology in a large medical center near Tel Aviv. The oral surgeons that I work with, always mention the great advantage of having their biopsies examined by an oral pathologist, who is aware of both worlds of dentistry and pathology. I also feel very proud when my colleagues from general pathology consult with me on a challenging case from the head and neck area and tell me that I was able to help them solve their case. I cannot describe the enormous joy knowing that young patients with large and aggressive tumors are successfully treated by a pill that is taken twice a day instead of losing their jaws due to my finding in their biopsies!   

As the head of the Department in which I have been trained in the past, and given that this is the only department in Israel in which the specialty of oral pathology is taught nowadays, I feel that I am involved in a mission on a national scale, to keep passing the legacy of this important specialty to new generations at the highest academic level. Therefore, your generous contribution to the renovation of our laboratory floor will help us bring our facilities for teaching and researching to a state-of-the-art level!     

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