New Jersey dentist spearheads Operation Smile campaign

New Jersey dentist Avi Weisfogel has launched a campaign to help Operation Smile bring the gift of reconstructive surgery to thousands of children throughout the world who suffer from birth deformities like cleft lip and cleft palate. This is just the latest drive Weisfogel has initiated in the service of worldwide charity for kids. The surgeries not only give kids a chance at a normal life, they are often life-saving, as third world countries often lack even basic medical care and the facial deformities can quickly lead to infections, malnutrition and quickly worsening general health.

A career of helping others

Dr. Weisfogel is best known as the dentist who transformed the practice of dentistry and sleep medicine by combining the two disciplines in a way which has opened new frontiers for patients and dentists alike. Through his seminar compnay, Dental Sleep Masters, he’s brought the newly formed discipline of sleep dentistry to an entire generation of dentists, combating the scourge of sleep apnea and saving lives in the process.

Prior to that, Dr. Weisfogel ran his own private dental practice, Old Bridge Dentistry, for over a decade. Quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most skilled practitioners in Central New Jersey, Dr. Weisfogel grew his practice to stratospheric heights.

But recently the accomplished man of medicine has turned his attention to the ongoing epidemics of childhood illnesses which have laid waste to the third world. Many of these diseases are highly treatable with simple interventions.

Dr. Wiesfogel has zeroed in on the problems of cleft lip and cleft palate because they represent some of the most tractable illnesses that continue to pose serious mortality risk to small children worldwide. Through his fundraising efforts on behalf of Operation Smile, he has brought the miracle of reconstructive surgery to thousands of children across the globe. In 2014 alone, Weisfogel’s efforts helped Operation Smile potentially save the lives of 13,000 children.

Weisfogel is already planning his next major charity drive. These have proven so successful that Dr. Weisfogel has been recognized as a crucial part of Operation Smile’s international funding apparatus.