Lifetime Achievement Award for Professor Michael Earley

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Professor Michael Earley at the NEXT Conference with Operation Smile Co-founders Bill and Kathy Magee.

For a small country, Ireland has always punched above its weight on the world stage. This is as true within Operation Smile, as anywhere else. We’re so proud of all of our Irish volunteers, and thrilled to report that Irish plastic surgeon, Professor Michael Earley has been awarded the Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award by Operation Smile Co-founders Bill and Kathy Magee.

Professor Earley received the award at the NEXT Conference, a gathering of more than 250 Operation Smile medical leaders and volunteers from 35 countries, which took place in May in Virginia, U.S.A. Over the past 15 years Michael, and his wife Finola (a medical records volunteer) have been integral members of the Operation Smile family both in Ireland and internationally.

On 19 medical missions to locations all over the globe and often as the surgical team leader, Professor Earley has not only provided surgery directly, but has trained and mentored countless peers with a view to increasing the quality of cleft care globally. As Chair of the Surgical Council of Operation Smile International – a position he held for 10 years – Professor Earley has driven home the message of quality and ensured that all Operation Smile patients treated on our medical missions will receive the same treatment as children here in Ireland. He and Finola have also taken an active role in Operation Smile Student Programmes which aims to develop young socially responsible leaders to carry the torch for future generations. The next generation will have large shoes to fill.

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“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President