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Magee Selected As 2021 Noordhoff Humanitarian Award Recipient

William (Bill) P. Magee Jr., DDS, MD, will receive the 2021 Noordhoff Humanitarian Award during Plastic Surgery The Meeting in Atlanta. Magee will present his lecture on "Love and Leadership" from 2:30 -3:00 p.m., ET, Sunday, Oct. 31 in room C301 of the Georgia World Congress Center.

Dr. Magee is a plastic and craniofacial surgeon who founded Operation Smile in 1982 with his wife, Kathleen S. Magee, and serves as the organization’s CEO.

Dr. Magee received a DDS from the University of Maryland, MD from George Washington University Medical School, served his general surgery residency at the University of Virginia Medical School, and received the Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Grant to study in Paris with Dr. Paul Tessier in 1975. He then received his plastic surgery training at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Magee was awarded the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Honorary Citation Award in 2014, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons’ Tagliacozzi Award in 2013. Dr. Magee was highlighted in U.S. News & World Report’s issue “America’s Top Leaders” in November 2009 and was given the National Medal for Peace and Friendship Among Nations in Vietnam in 2009.

In 2007, UNICEF presented the Magees with a special recognition on behalf of Operation Smile and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Noordhoff Legacy

The Noordhoff Humanitarian Award was established to honor the legacy of Dr. Samuel Noordhoff and has been funded by the Department of Plastic Surgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.

The endowment works to recognize plastic surgeons that lead a life dedicated to humanitarian outreach and use their skills to provide care for less fortunate patients. The endowment will fund an award that will be issued annually at Plastic Surgery The Meeting.

The remarkable story of Dr. Noordhoff's dedication to mission work and impact on Chang Gung Memorial Hospital can be read here.

Applicants were invited to nominate a plastic surgeon or group of plastic surgeons that meets the following criteria:

  • A plastic surgeon (or plastic surgery group) from anywhere in the world that inspires others to live a life of service
  • The type of individual or group who "least expects to be honored but deserves it the most"
  • Have a portfolio of demonstrated humanitarian service to patients, community, in education or for other surgeons
  • Given to the plastic surgery specialty through the scholarship of service, education, and/or capacity-building