Our People

Operation Smile is an international medical charity whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from over 80 countries is committed to helping improve the health and lives of children from more than 60 countries. Since 1982, we've worked with local medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other NGOs to deliver the safest care to each of our patients, and have established care centres wherever possible to give children ongoing medical treatment. Operation Smile continues to provide training and education for local medical professionals so they can provide care within their own communities and help others around the world. To date, we have provided more than 240,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

DR WILLIAM (BILL) P. MAGEE, JR.

OPERATION SMILE CO-FOUNDER & CEO


Dr William (Bill) P. Magee Jr., is a leading plastic and craniofacial surgeon who founded Operation Smile in 1982 with his wife, Kathleen S. Magee, and serves as the organisation's Chief Executive Officer.

Dr Magee has trained and mentored thousands of physicians worldwide. A featured guest on many network television programmes, Dr Magee is also a sought-after keynote speaker for corporate and national meetings. In July 2013, he gave one of the keynote addresses to the National Speakers Association (NSA) in Philadelphia.

Dr Magee received a D.D.S. from the University of Maryland, M.D. from George Washington University Medical School, served his general surgery residency at the University of Virginia Medical School, and received the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Grant to study in Paris, France with Dr Paul Tessier in 1975. He then received his plastic surgery training at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr Magee has been awarded honorary doctorates from some of the finest universities worldwide, including the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in 2014. He was awarded the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Honorary Citation Award in 2014, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons’ Tagliacozzi Award in 2013, was highlighted in US News & World Report’s issue “America’s Top Leaders” in November 2009, and was given the National Medal for Peace and Friendship Among Nations in Vietnam in 2009. In 2007, UNICEF presented the Magees with a special recognition on behalf of Operation Smile and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

He entered into the Plastic Surgery Practice in Norfolk, Virginia in 1978 and became president of the group which at the time was the largest private training program in the USA.

Dr Magee maintains a private practice in Norfolk, Virginia, USA and is the Director of the Craniofacial Institute at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. He is also an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, Virginia.

KATHLEEN (KATHY) S. MAGEE

OPERATION SMILE CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT


Kathleen S. Magee, B.S.N., M.Ed., M.S.W., a former nurse and clinical social worker, founded Operation Smile in 1982 with her husband, William P. Magee Jr., D.D.S., M.D. Mrs Magee serves as the president of Operation Smile on a full-time, volunteer basis and is a lifetime member of the Board of Directors.

A dedicated advocate for children around the world, Mrs Magee travels overseas extensively to nurture and maintain key corporate, diplomatic and medical partnerships that enable Operation Smile to carry out its surgical missions. She has been instrumental in establishing several Operation Smile international foundations, which handle all of the logistical aspects of the medical missions and has led a majority of the organisation’s fact finding missions.

Mrs Magee is deeply involved with Operation Smile's Student Programmes, which provide the opportunity for students to learn about volunteerism and support Operation Smile's work by raising funds and awareness. Since the mid-1980s, Student Programmes have grown to involve thousands of students in hundreds of student associations around the world.

Mrs Magee's work on behalf of children around the world has led to the receipt of numerous awards and honours including the first $1 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 1996 for "… exemplary and significant contributions to ease human suffering" and the Servants of Peace Award from the UN representative to the Vatican in 1997. In 1999, the Magees received the Golden Plate Award, "representing the many who excel in the great fields of endeavour" by the American Academy of Achievement. In February 2004, Mrs Magee was inducted into the Toledo-based Medical Mission Hall of Fame, in honour of making a difference in the health of her fellow human beings; and in 2004, the organisation was awarded The Humanitarian Rose Award from The People’s Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc., London, England. In 2005 Mrs Magee was awarded the Operation Smile Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award, and in 2007, USAID presented the Magees with the President’s Call to Service Award from President George W. Bush. 

Mrs Magee is the recipient of honorary degrees from Fordham University, Mt. St. Mary's College, Loyola College, Old Dominion University, College Misericordia and Denison University and was inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame at the University of Maryland in 2000. In 2014, she received a prestigious honorary doctorate from the Karolinska Instituet in Sweden. She has also remained active in the World of Children organisation and serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Hilton Laureates Collaborative.

A New Jersey native, Mrs Magee received her B.S.N. from College Misericordia in Pennsylvania, her M.Ed. from the University of Maryland and her M.S.W. from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She also completed graduate work at the University of Virginia and the Jung Institute in Switzerland.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The current Board of Directors maintains responsibility for governance and administrative issues, as well as providing leadership and opening doors for new fundraising opportunities to accelerate the growth of Operation Smile Ireland.  The Board of Directors is also responsible for signing off our annual, independently audited accounts found in our Financial Information section. All directors are volunteers, and do not receive compensation of any kind.

Jack O’Keeffe 
Chairman of the Board
Investment Banker 

Teresa Cosgrove 
Chief Executive Officer and Board Director 

Michael J. Earley 
Board Director/ Medical Director 
Plastic Surgeon

Ruth Farrell
Board Director
Theatre Nurse 

Robert Keily 
Board Director 
PEI Surgical 

Mary Martin 
Board Director 
D4 Consultancy 

Eleanor McGovern 
Board Director 
Paediatric Dentist 

David Orr 
Board Director
Plastic Surgeon 

“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President