The founder of Operation Smile
William P Magee Junior is the leading US plastic and craniofacial surgeon who set up the global children's charity Operation Smile with his wife Kathleen in 1982. Negin Shamsian met Magee at a Fight for Life charity event
When I was six, my mom used to kick us out of the house at weekends and we used to go on rounds with my dad, who was a physician. He would sit at his patient's bedside and talk to them about their hopes, their dreams, and their fears. I remember how gentle he was with them, and I enjoyed watching that relationship of him being able to help them and them respecting him. It seemed so human to me and so I always thought about becoming a physician.
The United Kingdom is a major financial and business centre in the world and is renowned for excellent education. There are a lot of wonderful doctors who have now begun to volunteer with us. In those countries where people have money and have had opportunities in life, you find people who want to share their affluence with others and to help