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Why We Exist

We envision a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery. 

Through our expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, we create solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most.

For too many families around the world, safe surgery is not an option.

At Operation Smile we believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care. We believe all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own.

That’s what drives each and every one of us: our global network of medical professionals, who donate hundreds of thousands of hours toward the care of children around the world each year, and our supporters who are moved every day to make a difference in the lives of children they’ve never met.



As long as there are children in the world who need our help, we'll do whatever it takes to give them the quality care they deserve. 







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Medical Programs

Our work around the world goes beyond just a medical mission. 

Patient Spotlights

Be inspired by our patients' stories of hope. 

Volunteer Spotlights

Our volunteers reflect on why they care about families and children around the world.