Three dentally-minded brothers at Tufts University follow in their parents’ footsteps—on charitable missions all over the world.

When not working toward their doctoral degrees, twins Zachary (above left) and Benjamin (above right) Golub, 25, (shown in Jamaica) unite with their brother Dr. Michael Golub, 28, who is in the midst of his residency at Tufts, in efforts to give back globally.

The three brothers have made 14 trips among them. The humanitarian aspect of dentistry has become such a passion project, in fact, that that’s what they named their nascent advocacy campaign: On Instagram, the Passion Project (@jointhepassionproject) documents the siblings’ work overseas, highlighting the dental needs of poor communities around the world.

They recently spent time sharing their motivation with Incisal Edge magazine in an interview with Joshua Coe.

The desire to serve others, they say, is primarily the legacy of their dentist parents, Drs. Jon and Jamie Golub.


(Incisal Edge photo)

Dr. Michael Golub, 28 explains how their parents met at the university more than three decades ago.

“As Michael tells it, their mother, then known as Jamie Diament, had already sent her deposit to Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine when she met third-year Tufts doctoral student Jon Golub at an “interview social” for current and prospective Tufts students. He was evidently persuasive: She decided to switch schools, and the two got married not long after.

They have since maintained two practices—one ortho (his), one pediatric (hers)—that serve three towns in Bergen County, New Jersey. Their humanitarian work began a decade and a half ago when Columbia Dental (apparently having gotten over her slight) offered Dr. Diament-Golub the chance to lead service trips.

Working with aid groups Kids International Dental Services (KIDS) and Health Care International, she has led as many as six trips a year—often accompanied by her husband or their sons—to spots as far afield as Guatemala and Cambodia. During a six-day KIDS mission to Mongolia with 13 other dental professionals in 2014, the elder Golubs helped more than 2,000 children get fluoride treatment and removed some 1,200 teeth.”

Find out how the brothers aspire not just to duplicate but, naturally, to triplicate their parents’ work ethic at home and abroad @jointhepassionproject :