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Course Director - Dr. Robert Dorion


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Dr Robert B. J. Dorion is Director of Forensic Dentistry at the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale, Ministry of Public Security for province of Quebec since 1973. He graduated with a B.Sc. from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish N.S. in 1968 and a D.D.S. from Mc Gill University, Montreal QC. in 1972. He is a founding member and past president of the American Board of Forensic Odontology and recipient of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ prestigious "Distinguished Fellow" award in 2002, the Odontology section "Lester Luntz" award in 2005, and the Reidar Sognnaes Award of Excellence in 2006. He has lectured extensively at forensic conferences and universities throughout the world including Bermuda, Canada, France, China, Italy, Puerto Rico, and the United States. He has addressed law enforcement agencies including the FBI Academy in Quantico and the Canadian Police College in Ottawa, Canada. In 2000 he received an "Exceptional Service in the Public Interest" award from the FBI Director. A past president of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, he has served on various committees of forensic organizations in the United States and Canada as well as serving as consultant to the Law Reform Commission of Canada and to the FBI Dental Task Force, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), National Crime Information Center (NCIC). He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2007-2010, 2010-2013), past Member of the Executive Committee (2008-2009), and nominated to Vice-president (2014-2015). An innovator, he launched the first Forensic Dentistry Internet course with Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University in the fall of 2004. He has authored articles/chapters for various journals/textbooks/books/manuals on the subject of forensic dentistry. His accomplishments include chapters for the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Forensic Odontology manuals. He has edited the first stand-alone comprehensive forensic textbook on bitemarks entitled "Bitemark Evidence" in 2005 and a 2nd edition in 2011 (CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl., 2011, ISBN: 978-1-4398-1862-6)

Certificates, awards and accomplishments:

Certificate in Forensic Dentistry, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington D.C., 1972.

Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Odontology, Washington D.C., 1976.

Fellow, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 1977.

Fellow, Canadian Society of Forensic Science, 1997.

« Exceptional Service in the Public Interest » Award from the FBI Director, May 2000.

Distinguished Fellow Award, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 2002.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, 2003.

Lester Luntz Award, Odontology Section, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 2005.

Reidar Sognnaes Award of Excellence, Odontology Section, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 2006.

Fellow, L’Académie Dentaire du Québec, 2007.

Fellow, American College of Dentists, 2007.

Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Oral Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, SUNY at Buffalo, 2008.

Other Status:

Private practice of dentistry from 1972 to 2008.

Clinician, Operative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Université de Montréal from 1972-2009.

Consulting Editor, Forensic Dentistry, Journal of the Canadian Dental Association from 1980-2007.

Member, Editorial Board, Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal since 1975-2008.

Author of over 50 articles in forensic dentistry:
Journal of Forensic Science, Journal of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, Quebec Dental Journal, Ontario Dentist, R.C.M.P. Gazette, Q.P.P. Journal (La Sûreté).

Author and consultant to various textbooks, books and manuals:
Manual of the American Society of Forensic Odontology 1986; 2nd edition 1991; 3rd edition 1995; 4th edition 2007; Manual on Bitemark Protocol - La Sûreté du Québec 1995; Consultant to the New York Times Best Seller "Déjà Dead" 1997, and "Death du Jour" 1999 authored by Kathy Reichs; Postmortem Examination of Unidentified Remains, 2nd ed., College of American Pathologists 2003; Bitemark Evidence, Editor, Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, 2004; Bitemark Evidence, Editor, 2nd edition, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2011.

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