Dr. David-Martin Milot Elected Chair of Doctors of the World Canada

Montreal, October 5, 2020 – Following the Annual General Assembly held on September 24, the new Board of Directors of Doctors of the World Canada elected Dr. David-Martin Milot, a physician specializing in public health and preventive medicine, as President of the organization.


  • Public Health and Preventive Medicine Specialist, DSP Montérégie
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Substance Abuse Services, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Researcher, Institut universitaire sur les dépendances
  • Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Young Leaders Award (Emerging Physician) – 2019 Recipient


After earning his M.D. from McGill University as a Loran Scholar, David-Martin Milot completed a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Université de Montréal. He then developed a specialization in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke, before embarking in a subspecialty training in Paris, where he studied empowerment through citizen participation and social representations of psychoactive substances and their regulatory models.

Today, he practices as a medical advisor with the DSP Montérégie and as a research professor in the field of psychoactive substances at the Université de Sherbrooke, where he also teaches in the Department of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Committed to addressing health inequities

Dr. Milot is particularly interested in inequities and issues relating to health access for marginalized, excluded, and disaffiliated populations and, more generally, health promotion and prevention strategies.

In addition to his professional activities, he is the co-founder of Jeunes médecins pour la santé publique (JMPSP Young Physicians for Public Health). He has been an administrator of the Réseau francophone international pour la promotion de la santé (REFIPS – International Francophone Network for Health Promotion) and the Association pour la santé publique du Québec (ASPQ – Association for Public Health of Quebec). Moreover, Dr. Milot has been involved with Doctors of the World Canada since 2008 and has been a member of the organization’s Board of Directors since 2012. He has also worked on several international cooperation and community health projects in India, Senegal, Argentina, Colombia, and Haiti.

“For access to health care to be truly universal, it is essential to consider all the facets of human beings that influence their well-being. Therefore, the health system must allow for an approach tailored to individuals’ complexity while improving their living conditions. Doctors of the World Canada combines these individual and population-based approaches, both in Canada and internationally. As President of the organization, I wish to support its teams in strengthening these complementary approaches as to create lasting changes in the lives of those who are too often left out of the equation. I had the opportunity to discover the organization at the very beginning of my academic career. Since then, Doctors of the World Canada’s values of inclusion, equity, and commitment have become part of my personal and professional identity.”

  • Dr. David-Martin Milot, President, Doctors of the World Canada


It is with great enthusiasm that Doctors of the World Canada welcomes its new President!


A new Board of Directors

Doctors of the World would like to thank the outgoing President of the organization, Dr. Nicolas Bergeron (Psychiatrist, CHUM). In addition to welcoming a new President, Doctors of the World Canada is pleased to welcome Dr. Michel Welt (Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Medical Director of the Social Perinatal Team, Centre de pédiatrie sociale de Saint-Laurent) and Professor Karine Bertrand (Clinical Psychologist and Scientific Director of the Institut universitaire en dépendance and Researcher for the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke) as well as Valérie Martin (Head, Talent and Culture for the LCI Education Network) on its Board of Directors.

“I believe Doctors of the World’s actions are necessary for those who are not served or those who are under-served by existing government services. Contributing to this organization is very rewarding for those involved. Doctors of the World’s mission and vision are entirely in line with my commitments.” Dr. Michel Welt

“I am particularly interested in linking research with organizations such as Doctors of the World to reflect on the actions that need to be taken to improve the health of people in vulnerable situations and to influence public policy. ” Dr. Karine Bertrand

“Over the past few years, I have been personally involved in the integration of immigrants and refugees into our society as well as with street-involved people. Awareness, acceptance, and action as they relate to mental health are also close to my heart. Doctors of the World’s mission speaks to me and perfectly reflects my raison d’être and my convictions. ” Valérie Martin


→ To know the members of our board of directors click here



Media contact: 

Mélissa Cabana
Communication Senior Advisor
Doctors of the World Canada
Phone : 514-799-8985 

Published on 05/10/2020


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