Our volunteers are driven by one goal: taking care of children around the world and providing them with the highest quality surgical care. Our network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from more than 80 countries generously donate their time, knowledge and unique skills to change children’s lives.



- Professor Michael Earley, Plastic Surgeon, Operation Smile volunteer for 13 years





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“I’ve seen children who have walked for four days to receive surgery, so to be able to reward that determination with a new smile and the chance of a better life is a wonderful feeling.”

– Dr Clive Duke, Consultant Anaesthetist, United Kingdom, Volunteer for 5 years


"Whether you’re in Stockholm, or you’re in Ethiopia — A mother is a mother. When a mother hands me her child, I look after that child as if they were my own child. You dedicate yourself to helping the children. You dedicate yourself no matter what.”

- Gunilla Loof, Anaesthetist, Sweden, Volunteer for 4 Years

"Seeing a child smiling, seeing a mother’s tears — that’s so moving. People have a great bit of problems around the world. If we can try to help them, that’s the humanitarian thing that we must do.”

- Dr. Anil Madaree, Plastic Surgeon, South Africa, Volunteer for 8 Years



“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