Information for Residents
Operation Smile (OS) was founded in 1982 by plastic surgeon Dr. William Magee Jr. and his wife Kathy, a nurse and social worker. Since then over 200,000 cleft lip, cleft palate, and correction of facial deformity surgeries have been performed in developing countries around the world. The result is felt not only by the children OS treats, but also by the transformation of donors, volunteers and staff, who fulfill a shared vision and see immediate, life-changing results for these children and their families.
Residents in Anesthesia, Plastic Surgery and Pediatrics interested in volunteering can apply for the Reagan Fellowship. This usually requires application months in advance. Applicants selected for this opportunity will spend 10-14 days on an Operation Smile surgical mission alongside a mentoring physician. The application can be downloaded under the tab “Get Involved” on the OS website: www.operationsmile.org. The mission schedule and other useful information can also be found on the website.
Drs. Brill and Keyes have gone on many Operation Smile missions and can answer any questions you may have about the organization and going on a mission. Dr Christine Myo has also recently been on a mission with OS. Dr Nitin Dhamija went on a mission to India while a resident and is also a resource for more information.
Hearts with Hope
This organization provides medical/dental screening and care to underprivileged children as well as catheterization laboratory interventions and surgical repair for children with congenital heart disease. Volunteers work side by side with local medical professionals to provide skills necessary to diagnose and care for children with complex congenital heart conditions. Currently they operate in Latin America (Arequipa, Peru) with hopes for expanding worldwide. Dr Brill and Dr Swati Patel have volunteered with this organization and Dr Patel is also on the board of directors. Their website is: www.heartswithhope.org
Medical Missions for Children
MMFC operates about 15 trips a year worldwide and provides cleft lip/palate repairs, microtia surgery and dental care for children. Dr Swati Patel can give more information regarding this mission.
Their website is www.mmfc.org, their address is
10-G Roessler Road, Suite 500
Woburn, MA 01801