Dr. David-Martin Milot, President
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.
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.”