About Us


Honorary Board Board of Directors
Irwin Cotler Robert Grant  Frank Sommers
Leslie Dan Daphna Grossman  Lisa Tarshis
Bernard Goldman Carole Gruson  Larry Weiss
Barbara Kay Jocelyn Kadish
Robert Lantos Leon Kadish (Chair)
Mary Seeman Howard Price
Imam Mohamad Tawhidi Steve Samuel (Treasurer)


Since March 2009, DARA has achieved many accomplishments:

  • 700 members of the medical, dental, and academic community
  • Spur the petition of support for the IMA and WMA president, Dr. Yoram Blachar, in response to a discriminatory call for his dismissal
  • Collaborated with HonestReporting to rouse a response from the membership in response to publishing of a non-scientific and editorialized anti-Israel article in a medical journal, CMAJ.
  • Challenged “medical” conferences at the University of Toronto for disguising medical lectures as a platform for disseminating non-scientific and hate inciting views.
  • Started a constructive dialogue with the University of Toronto over intimidation faced by those with dissenting views.
  • Responded to calls to action by DARA members
    • OMA sponsored cruise to Dubai was cancelled as a result of restriction to certain members based on nationality.
    • Successfully pressured sponsor of breast cancer conference to allow participation of all expert physicians regardless of nationality.
  • Hosted CME accredited conference that focused on the medical and psychological impacts of terrorism. Over 200 medical professionals attended.

But our work is far from over; in the future DARA will:

  • Continue to monitor medical literature for bias and coordinate effective large-scale responses to it
  • Act as an up-to-date source of news pertinent to discrimination within medical and academic realms
  • Lead a response to hateful and misleading events in our community