About Operation Smile and Cleft Conditions
What is a cleft lip and how often do cleft conditions happen? Why do cleft conditions happen and can they be prevented? Does a cleft condition cause problems for a child? Can cleft lip and cleft palate be repaired?
Through our expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, Operation Smile creates solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most. What started as a family-led, medical-mission based organization has grown into a global network of passionate individuals united under the belief that access to safe surgery is not a privilege, but a universal human right.
Operation Smile began nearly 40 years ago, through the compassion and commitment of our visionary co-founders, Dr. Bill Magee and Kathy Magee. Meet the Magees, our senior leadership and board of directors.
Operation Smile research informs programmatic and clinical activities, and is thoughtfully shared with the larger medical community to serve patients globally.
We hold ourselves accountable to the trust you place in our work to improve health and dignity through safe, effective and timely surgery.