Ruben Ayala

From Hopelessness to Possibility

Ruben Ayala

Talk: From Hopelessness to Possibility

Around the world, thousands of children are born with cleft lips and palates, a facial birth deformity with potentially severe implication in the lives of those who suffer from it and their families. For the last 35 years, Operation Smile has been committed to these children and their well being. To date, close to three hundred thousand patients have received free life changing reconstructive surgery, ancillary care, and the opportunity to lead a new life. And with every one of the thousands of children still waiting for a chance, a profound opportunity to use our innovative spirit to create better tools and models of care, and help change the face of our world, one smile at the time.

Ruben Ayala

Dr. Ruben Ayala is the Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, Operation Smile, Inc.

Operation Smile

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children's cleft lips and cleft palates.

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