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William P. Magee, MD, DDS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
CHL Mail Stop 96 Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 361 4544


William Magee, III, MD, DDS, brings a unique, global background to the Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, which he joined in 2008. Dr. Magee is the oldest son of the founders of Operation Smile and was exposed to the challenges of children with craniofacial anomalies at an early age. Since he was 13, he has assisted Operation Smile teams all over the world in various roles.

Dr. Magee is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He earned his dental degree at the University of Maryland and then went on to obtain his medical degree at George Washington University. His introduction to Los Angeles began in 2001 when he entered the combined Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program at the University of Southern California, where he has remained. After completing the six-year program, he focused his attention in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Magee offers an energy and drive for pediatric work that extends beyond the boundaries of Los Angeles, which will help our department grow into the areas of service and education for children around the world.


A Comparative Analysis of rhBMP-2/DBM vs. ICBG for Secondary Alveolar Bone Grafts in Patients with Cleft Lip and Palate: Review of 501 Cases. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Mar 31. View in: PubMed

Ectropion in Facial Tissue Expansion in the Pediatric Population: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Treatment Options. Ann Plast Surg. 2017 Mar; 78(3):280-283. View in: PubMed

Patient Barriers to Accessing Surgical Cleft Care in Vietnam: A Multi-site, Cross-Sectional Outcomes Study. World J Surg. 2017 Jan 24. View in: PubMed

Intraflagellar transport 88 (IFT88) is crucial for craniofacial development in mice and is a candidate gene for human cleft lip and palate. Hum Mol Genet. 2017 Jan 09. View in: PubMed

A Model of the Unmet Need for Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. World J Surg. 2016 Dec; 40(12):2857-2867. View in: PubMed

Barriers to Reconstructive Surgery in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Cross-Sectional Study of 453 Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Patients in Vietnam. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov; 138(5):887e-895e. View in: PubMed

The evolution of surgical telementoring: current applications and future directions. Ann Transl Med. 2016 Oct; 4(20):391. View in: PubMed

Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Promotes Mechanical Stretch Induced Skin Regeneration: A Randomized Phase I/II Clinical Trial. EBioMedicine. 2016 Oct 1. View in: PubMed

The Medical Mission and Modern Core Competency Training: A 10-Year Follow-Up of Resident Experiences in Global Plastic Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Sep; 138(3):531e-8e. View in: PubMed

Familial Recurrence of 3MC Syndrome in Consanguineous Families: A Clinical and Molecular Diagnostic Approach With Review of the Literature. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2016 Jun 29. View in: PubMed

Reply: Presurgical Nasoalveolar Molding for Cleft Lip and Palate: The Application of Digitally Designed Molds. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 May; 137(5):904e-5e. View in: PubMed

The Expanding Role of Education and Research in International Healthcare. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 May; 76 Suppl 3:S150-4. View in: PubMed

The Tsao Fellowship in Global Health: A Model for International Fellowships in a Surgery Residency. J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Mar; 27(2):282-5. View in: PubMed

Epidemiology, Etiology, and Treatment of Isolated Cleft Palate. Front Physiol. 2016; 7:67. View in: PubMed

The Global Surgery Partnership: An Innovative Partnership for Education, Research, and Service. Acad Med. 2016 Jan; 91(1):75-8. View in: PubMed

Parental risk factors for oral clefts among Central Africans, Southeast Asians, and Central Americans. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2015 Oct; 103(10):863-79. View in: PubMed

Treating Parry-Romberg Syndrome Using Three-Dimensional Scanning and Printing and the Anterolateral Thigh Dermal Adipofascial Flap. J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Sep; 26(6):1826-9. View in: PubMed

Telemedicine in Cleft Care: Reliability and Predictability in Regional and International Practice Settings. J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Jun; 26(4):1116-20. View in: PubMed

Presurgical nasoalveolar molding for cleft lip and palate: the application of digitally designed molds. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jun; 135(6):1007e-15e. View in: PubMed

A Health Systems Perspective on the Mission Model for Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery: A Matter of Sustainability or Responsibility? J Craniofac Surg. A Health Systems Perspective on the Mission Model for Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery: A Matter of Sustainability or Responsibility? J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Jun; 26(4):1079-83. View in: PubMed

Genetic risk factors for orofacial clefts in Central Africans and Southeast Asians. Am J Med Genet A. 2014 Oct; 164(10):2572-80. View in: PubMed

Providing more than health care: the dynamics of humanitarian surgery efforts on the local microeconomy. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Sep; 25(5):1622-5. View in: PubMed

Scalable, sustainable cost-effective surgical care: a model for safety and quality in the developing world, part I: challenge and commitment. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Sep; 25(5):1674-9. View in: PubMed

Scalable, Sustainable Cost-Effective Surgical Care: A Model for Safety and Quality in the Developing World, Part III: Impact and Sustainability. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Sep; 25(5):1685-9. View in: PubMed

Scalable, Sustainable Cost-Effective Surgical Care: A Model for Safety and Quality in the Developing World, Part II: Program Development and Quality Care. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Sep; 25(5):1680-4. View in: PubMed

Surgical education through video broadcasting. J Craniofac Surg. 2014 Sep; 25(5):1619-21. View in: PubMed

Partial craniofacial duplication: A review of the literature and case report. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2014 Jun; 42(4):290-6. View in: PubMed

Establishing sustainable international burn missions: lessons from India. Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Jul; 71(1):31-3. View in: PubMed

Vallecular cyst as a cause of obstructive sleep apnea in an infant. J Clin Sleep Med. 2013; 9(8):825-6. View in: PubMed

Effectiveness of international surgical program model to build local sustainability. Plast Surg Int. 2012; 2012:185725. View in: PubMed

A Cross-sectional Comparison of Cleft Lip Severity in 3 Regional Populations. Eplasty. 2012; 12:e10. View in: PubMed

The medical mission and modern cultural competency training. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 Jan; 212(1):124-9. View in: PubMed

Evolution of a sustainable surgical delivery model. J Craniofac Surg. 2010 Sep; 21(5):1321-6. View in: PubMed

The role of humanitarian missions in modern surgical training. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Jul; 126(1):295-302. View in: PubMed

Cleft lip and palate as a cost-effective health care treatment in the developing world. World J Surg. 2010 Mar; 34(3):420-7. View in: PubMed

Surgical outcomes auditing systems in humanitarian organizations. World J Surg. 2010 Mar; 34(3):403-10. View in: PubMed

Application of outcome measures in international humanitarian aid: comparing indices through retrospective analysis of corrective surgical care cases. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2009 Jan-Feb; 24(1):39-46. View in: PubMed

Acute burn injury. Clin Plast Surg. 2005 Apr; 32(2):187-93. View in: PubMed

Inadequate gingivolabial sulcus remains an avoidable problem after bilateral cleft lip repair. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 Jan; 115(1):220-5. View in: PubMed

Use of fast-setting hydroxyapatite cement for secondary craniofacial contouring. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2004 Aug; 114(2):289-97. View in: PubMed

Cardioprotective effects of ingliforib, a novel glycogen phosphorylase inhibitor. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2004 Mar; 286(3):H1177-84. View in: PubMed

Novel N6-substituted adenosine 5'-N-methyluronamides with high selectivity for human adenosine A3 receptors reduce ischemic myocardial injury. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2003 Dec; 285(6):H2780-7. View in: PubMed

Isozyme-nonselective N-substituted bipiperidylcarboxamide acetyl-CoA carboxylase inhibitors reduce tissue malonyl-CoA concentrations, inhibit fatty acid synthesis, and increase fatty acid oxidation in cultured cells and in experimental animals. J Biol Chem. 2003 Sep 26; 278(39):37099-111. View in: PubMed

Differing cardioprotective efficacy of the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger inhibitors SEA0400 and KB-R7943. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2003 Mar; 284(3):H903-10. View in: PubMed

Use of octyl-2-cyanoacrylate in cleft lip repair. Ann Plast Surg. 2003 Jan; 50(1):1-5. View in: PubMed

A novel nonpeptidic caspase-3/7 inhibitor, (S)-(+)-5-[1-(2-methoxymethylpyrrolidinyl)sulfonyl]isatin reduces myocardial ischemic injury. Eur J Pharmacol. 2002 Dec 5; 456(1-3):59-68. View in: PubMed

Surgical treatment of nasal hemangiomas. Ann Plast Surg. 2002 May; 48(5):489-94; discussion 494-5. View in: PubMed

Neonatal cleft lip and cleft palate repair. AORN J. 2002 Mar; 75(3):490-8; quiz 501-4, 506-8. View in: PubMed

Assessing pediatric anesthesia practices for volunteer medical services abroad. Anesthesiology. 2001 Dec; 95(6):1315-22. View in: PubMed

A novel sodium-hydrogen exchanger isoform-1 inhibitor, zoniporide, reduces ischemic myocardial injury in vitro and in vivo. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2001 Apr; 297(1):254-9. View in: PubMed

Aldose reductase inhibition alone or combined with an adenosine A(3) agonist reduces ischemic myocardial injury. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2000 Oct; 279(4):H1447-52. View in: PubMed

Selective activation of adenosine A3 receptors with N6-(3-chlorobenzyl)-5'-N-methylcarboxamidoadenosine (CB-MECA) provides cardioprotection via KATP channel activation. Cardiovasc Res. 1998 Oct; 40(1):138-45. View in: PubMed

Relative importance of adenosine A1 and A3 receptors in mediating physiological or pharmacological protection from ischemic myocardial injury in the rabbit heart. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 1998 Mar; 30(3):579-85. View in: PubMed

Tracheotomy removal after early mandibular advancement in patients with pediatric craniofacial syndrome. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Dec; 117(6):S187-91. View in: PubMed

Selective adenosine A3 receptor stimulation reduces ischemic myocardial injury in the rabbit heart. Cardiovasc Res. 1997 Feb; 33(2):410-5. View in: PubMed

One-stage reconstruction for defects caused by cancrum oris (noma). Ann Plast Surg. 1997 Jan; 38(1):29-35. View in: PubMed

Clinical and epidemiologic studies of cleft lip and palate in the Philippines. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 1997 Jan; 34(1):7-10. View in: PubMed

Studies of the candidate genes TGFB2, MSX1, TGFA, and TGFB3 in the etiology of cleft lip and palate in the Philippines. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 1997 Jan; 34(1):1-6. View in: PubMed

Cleft palate closure in the neonate: preliminary report. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 1996 Jan; 33(1):57-61; discussion 62-6. View in: PubMed

The effect of very early cleft palate closure on the need for ventilation tubes in the first years of life. Laryngoscope. 1995 Sep; 105(9 Pt 1):905-8. View in: PubMed

Vasoconstrictor action of angiotensin I-convertase and the synthetic substrate (Pro11,D-Ala12)-angiotensin I. Hypertension. 1994 Jun; 23(6 Pt 2):857-60. View in: PubMed

Cartilaginous histology of the cleft lip nose: proving the extrinsic etiology. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1988 May; 81(5):655-61. View in: PubMed

Use of a latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap for closure of an orocutaneous fistula of the cheek. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1988 Mar; 46(3):224-8. View in: PubMed

Prosthetic replacement of the condylar head for temporomandibular joint disease. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1987 Oct; 80(4):536-46. View in: PubMed

Cancer of the floor of the mouth and buccal cavity. Surg Clin North Am. 1986 Feb; 66(1):31-58. View in: PubMed

The kleeblattschadel deformity: neurologic outcome with early treatment. Pediatr Neurol. 1985 Nov-Dec; 1(6):379-81. View in: PubMed

Pectoralis "paddle" myocutaneous flaps. The workhorse of head and neck reconstruction. Am J Surg. 1980 Oct; 140(4):507-13. View in: PubMed

Extended muscle and musculocutaneous flaps. Clin Plast Surg. 1980 Jan; 7(1):57-70. View in: PubMed

Uses of the trapezius and sternomastoid myocutaneous flaps in head and neck reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 1979 Jan; 63(1):49-57. View in: PubMed

Biomechanical comparison of a fully threaded, variable pitch screw and a partially threaded lag screw for internal fixation of Type II dens fractures. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Aug 01; 32(17):E475-9. View in: PubMed

Biology of infections of split thickness skin grafts. Am J Surg. 1975 Jul; 130(1):63-7. View in: PubMed

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