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forensic dentistry



Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae


The first online Forensic Dentistry Program was introduced by McGill University’s Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences in the fall of 2004.

The Course director graduated with a B.Sc. from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish N.S. in 1968 and a D.D.S. from McGill University, Montreal QC. in 1972.

Dr. Dorion 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 May 2000 he received an “Exceptional Service in the Public Interest” Award from the FBI Director Louis J. Freeh.

A past president of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, Dr. Dorion 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), Member of the Executive Committee (2008-2009), and AAFS Vice-president (2014-2015).

Dr. Dorion 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 “Bitemark Evidence: A Color Atlas and Text”, 2nd Edition in 2011.

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.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, McGill University, 2003.

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.

Director of Forensic Dentistry at the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale, Ministry of Public Security for province of Quebec for 47 years.

Other Standing


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 1975-2008.

Author of over 50 articles on forensic dentistry and in peer reviewed Journals:

American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.

  • 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 Unidentifed Remains, 2nd ed., College of American Pathologists 2003.

  • Bitemark Evidence, Editor, Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, 2005.

  • Bitemark Evidence: A Color Atlas and Text, 2nd Edition, Editor, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2011.

  • Laborier C., Danjard C. eds., Odontologie médico-légale – Identification des personnes: des bases fondamentales aux experts de terrain. Editions Arnette – CdP. Wolters Kluwer France, 2013. Contributor to the Chapter – IV. Les Morsures.

  • Sexual Assault: Victimization Across the Life Span, 2nd Ed.; Vol. 1: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team. STM Learning Inc., Saint Louis, Missouri, 2017. Contributor to the Chapter on Bite Mark Evidence.

  • Member, Forensic Odontology Consensus Body (CB) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB), 2022-2024.

  • Chairman, Forensic Odontology Subcommittee, Medicine Scientific Area Committee, Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science, Proposed Standard for the Photographic Documentation of Suspected Pattern of Dental Origin, 2022-2024.

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