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.