Operation Smile and the Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Center: Multidisciplinary Global Activism in Plastic Surgery

Plast Surg Nurs. 2016 Oct/Dec;36(4):180-181. doi: 10.1097/PSN.0000000000000167.


Participation in a medical mission in an underserved area is both a challenging and deeply satisfying experience. The global burden of cleft lip and palate is significant, and as plastic surgery providers we are all empowered to help these patients. Surgery for cleft lip and palate is life changing for patients, and the privilege of participating in a mission can be life altering for the providers as well. The Comprehensive Cleft Care Center in Guwahati, India, is a prime example of multidisciplinary collaboration resulting in excellent care in the developing world.