Dr. Shell Xue joined Smile Train as Chief Project Officer for China in 2006 and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Director, North Asia. She has used her coaching, resources development, and leadership skills to grow Smile Train’s partners from 143 to nearly 400 hospitals in China. Smile Train’s cleft repair surgeries in China now average 16,000+ children annually.
Dr. Xue has found great satisfaction in pursuing a career in the non-profit field, after spending 11 years leading up to receiving her M.D. and Master’s degree of clinical pharmacology from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Medical School in China, postdoctoral training from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and healthcare leadership training from Yale University's School of Medicine. She has never regretted her decision to discontinue her personal medical practice to work for charities providing continuous medical education and treatment. She remains inspired in her work with medical professionals who donate their time and talents to help children with clefts.
Prior to joining Smile Train, Dr. Xue gained experience working at various professional management positions in multi-national healthcare corporations in the US, UK and most recently, in China as the National Program Director of Project HOPE, a leading international non-profit organization for worldwide medical services and education, where she served for over eight years.
Dr. Xue is a member of Smile Train’s Medical Education Committee, the China Medical Doctors Association since 2003, and the Executive Committee of Evidence-Based Medicine of the China Medical Doctors Association since 2004.