Operation Smile

Operation Smile Celebrates 35 Years

Cleft repair organization celebrates anniversary

Operation Smile is celebrating its 35th anniversary with new global initiatives that will help the organization reach even more children in need. William “Bill” P. Magee Jr., MD, and his wife Kathy founded Operation Smile in 1982 following a medical mission to the Philippines. Thirty-five years later it has provided hundreds of thousands of surgeries to children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities via 160 annual medical missions at 29 international care centers.