William Magee (physician)

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William Magee Jr.
Alma materGeorge Washington University
University of Maryland
Known forFounder of Operation Smile
Scientific career
FieldsPediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery
InstitutionsEastern Virginia Medical School
Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters

William P. Magee Jr. an American plastic and craniofacial surgeon, founded Operation Smile in 1982, with his wife, Kathleen S. Magee, B.S.N., M.Ed., M.S.W., and serves as the organization's Chief Executive Officer. Operation Smile is a private, non-profit volunteer medical services organization providing reconstructive surgery and related health care to indigent children and young adults in developing countries and the United States.

In addition to leading the organization as CEO, Magee also trains international physicians in craniofacial techniques through Operation Smile's annual Physician's Training Program. In 1999, the Magees envisioned and launched World Journey of Hope '99, the largest surgical mission in history dedicated to correcting facial deformities among some of the world's neediest children. The nine-week mission, the first-ever of its kind, transformed the lives of more than 5,300 children and young adults in 17 developing countries and in 10 cities across the United States.[1]

Magee's compensation from Operation Smile, Inc. was $517,944 for the year ending June 30, 2017; $518,471 for year ending June 30, 2016; $350,000 for the year ending June 30, 2014 according to the IRS Form 990 filed by Operation Smile, Inc. According to nonprofit tracker guidestar.org this salary level compared to total donations is considered highly above normal.[2] He has a very large family including his wife Kathy, his 5 children. Grandchildren including Riley, Will, Alec, and Isabelle Clifford.

According to the IRS Form 990 for 2012 Magee was paid $355,685 in reportable compensation by Operation Smile, Inc. for the year ending June 30, 2013.[3]


Magee attended Mount St. Mary's University before medical school at George Washington University and dental school at the University of Maryland. After completing his general surgery residency at the University of Virginia, he came to the EVMS for a plastic surgery fellowship (EVMS no longer offers a plastic surgery fellowship).[4] He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specializes in cleft lip, cleft palate, craniofacial deformities, and hemangiomas. He is currently employed at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, and simultaneously runs his practice, Magee-Rosenblum Plastic Surgery, in Norfolk, Newport News, and Chesapeake, Virginia.[5] Magee is also an associate professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Awards and honors[edit]

Magee's work on behalf of children around the world has led to the receipt of numerous awards and honors, including:


  1. ^ Operation Smile - Our Co-founders - William P. Magee Jr., D.D.S., M.D. Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
  2. ^ Form 990 for 2013 - retrieved from Foundation Center 2/13/15
  3. ^ Operation Smile Form 990 for 2012
  4. ^ Operation Smile Website: http://www.operationsmile.org/about_us/leadership/founders.html
  5. ^ Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters - Physician Profile - Dr. William Magee Jr.
  6. ^ "Golden Plate Awardees of the American Academy of Achievement". www.achievement.org. American Academy of Achievement.
  7. ^ "James Cameron Biography Photo". 1999. James Cameron presenting the Golden Plate Award to Operation Smile founders Dr. William P. Magee, Jr. and his wife, Kathleen Magee, at the Academy of Achievement's 1999 "Salute to Excellence" program in Washington, D.C.