Gratitude Prevails in 2021

The Beginning.

When I was 8-years-old, I dreamed of being able to help children feel normal, be accepted, and have an opportunity to live without judgement. When I was 12-years-old, I saw photographs of the life-changing worked performed by Austin Smiles that ignited the fire inside of me to become a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon. From that moment, I committed to an 18-year educational journey to become a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In October 2019, I attended my third mission trip to Latin America with Austin Smiles.  This particular trip to Guatemala was special for many reasons: 81 children evaluated; 48 successful and safe operations performed; mentorship with my colleagues, but I also brought my parents who volunteered alongside me.  I finally had the opportunity to show my parents the immediate positive impact we can have in our world with the skills and techniques I acquired on my educational journey.

The 35th Anniversary.

This year, Austin Smiles celebrates 35 years as an organization dedicated to caring for the cleft community locally and abroad! Austin Smiles is committed to ensuring, no child is denied a chance to receive life-changing surgeries, and the necessary care to live a healthy and fulfilling life.  In order for us to continue to do the life-changing work that we do, we need your support.  Join us on February 20th at 7 pm for the premiere of our 35th Anniversary Documentary & learn more about surgeons, supporters and volunteers who have helped shape Austin Smiles! For information about our online raffle and silent auction visit:

Our deepest gratitude and appreciation for your support,

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Rocco C. Piazza, MD, FACS

Dr. Rocco C. Piazza is the founder and visionary for The Piazza Center, a comprehensive clinic in Austin, TX for Plastic Surgery.  The Piazza Center has focused on having a positive impact in 2020 giving back to a community that has given so much to them.  We vow to continue to do the same for 2021.


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