Patricia Bacuros


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Vice President Gifts-In-Kind and Corporate Partnerships
Operation Smile

Pat Bacuros is an experienced and recognized leader in development and execution of approaches and programs that are aiming to support the advancement and strengthening of health systems, complement health education activities, as well as support disaster/emergency response efforts. For over 25 years, Pat has been enabling programs around the world to maximize impact and reach out to those most in need by building strategic partnerships for efficient and targeted Gift-In-Kind development.

Pat joined Operation Smile in August 2018 as the Vice President, Gifts in Kind and Corporate Partnerships. For almost 40 years and after hundreds of thousands of surgeries, OSI is one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits mobilizing thousands of medical volunteers from over 80 countries. Their work advances health care delivery, trains local medical professionals, and delivers surgical care for patients with cleft lip and cleft palate in their communities. In collaboration with the corporate sector, with crucial donations of RX, OTC’s, equipment and supplies, OSI will continue to help increase access to surgical care. This will create lasting impacts not only on the people served but on the entire health system through comprehensive cleft care, training and education programs.

Pat’s previously led the Philanthropic Investment team at Direct Relief whose areas of responsibility focused on relationship building with healthcare companies to support programs with in-kind donations focusing on maternal and child health, disease prevention and treatment, health systems strengthening, and emergency response internationally and domestically. Pat spent several years traveling to Central Asia, Asia, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe working with regional staff in the placement of gift-in-kind deliveries to medical facilities while relationship building with in-country representatives from the pharmaceutical sector.

Pat also serves on the board of PQMD (Partnership for Quality Medical Donations), a global alliance leading the development and championing of high standards in medical supply and service donations. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education and holds a teaching license in the state of Virginia. She also studied emergency management and disaster response at American Public University.