Operation Smile medical programs are almost entirely volunteer-based, so we rely on medical professionals who can take charge of their roles with confidence, conviction and world-class skill. These traits have made Operation Smile a global leader in performing safe cleft surgery in resource-limited environments for more than three decades. Guided by our Global Standards of Care, medical volunteers must be able to work as a team to balance the highest possible quality of care with the efficiency to serve as many patients as our time and resources will allow.

This demands stamina – physically, mentally and emotionally – as long hours and a fast pace are expected of our volunteers. Our work also requires travel to locations across the globe, which presents its own set of demands and challenges.


Volunteer specialties


  • Cleft Surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists/Pediatric Anesthesiologists
  • Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Physician/Pediatric Intensivists
  • Pediatricians
  • Dentists
  • Operating room nurses
  • Recovery room nurses
  • Ward nurses
  • Genetic Specialists
  • Speech pathologists
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Researchers


  • Paper Medical records
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • PIT (medical photographers)
  • Photographers
  • Translators
  • Others…

For more information and to apply, please contact us at

[email protected]