Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author and inspiring speaker, writes about the gravity of current events and suggests that instead of joyful celebrations that the typical events of June be acknowledged in more solemn ways.
OMAHA, NE – June 14, 2020 – Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author and inspiring speaker, has posted a new blog on her website entitled, “Typical June Celebrations Take On A More Serious Tone This Year.” Dr. Adetayo asserts that perhaps June events should be honored instead of celebrated in the usual joyful way.
Dr. Adetayo states, “June is a month that usually has everyone joyfully celebrating a number of things including Father’s Day, emancipation of slaves on Juneteenth, cancer survivors, and the natural beauty of parks and scenic open spaces around the country.” She continues, “Celebrating is a way of acknowledging joy; however, this year brings with it little joyful expression as the mental, physical, and emotional health of Americans is being affected by many viruses – not just COVID, but also the ongoing social outcry against racism, violence, inequality, and social injustice that was reawakened by the murder of George Floyd.”
As Dr. Adetayo explains, “Celebration is often directed at an event, while honor is usually to a person.” She continues adding, “If you or someone you know is a cancer survivor, I hope you honored this amazing accomplishment on the First Sunday of the month and celebrated them by truly showing your appreciation in a heartfelt way.”
Dr. Adetayo, goes on to say, “I hope future generations will be celebrating Juneteenth as a day that marks the beginning of true freedom for all people of color. Just as we all have a part to play in flattening the curve of COVID-19 by social distancing, we all have an active part to play in finding a cure to our nation’s system of injustice and inequality..”
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About Dr. Adetayo
Dr. Seun Adetayo currently practices in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon and a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is a Professor of Surgery, and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Adetayo is unique in her field. As a gifted surgeon operating in a competitive field, Dr. Adetayo is also the first foreign-born (Nigerian) female minority surgeon to have built a successful nationally accredited multidisciplinary program for children with birth defects in Northeastern New York. Her journey has been dedicated to caring for patients and their families; mentorship for students, residents, and faculty; advocacy for legislation at local and national level; research; education; and community engagement and leadership. She shares her journey and strategies for success via her print material, meeting panels, blogs and speaking engagements.
Dr Adetayo has authored several book chapters in leading texts, including the second edition of Comprehensive Cleft Care which is an authoritative text volume on cleft and craniofacial disorders and treatment. She also authored a chapter in the Family Companion Guide for educating patients and families with cleft and craniofacial diagnoses. She was also the author of the chapter on treatment of zygoma fractures in the text Operative Techniques in Plastic Surgery.
She has received over 40 awards and recognition, and her work has resulted in over 50 published works and over 60 presented works at regional, national, and international meetings. She is published in peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, and Journal of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics.
Dr Adetayo plays an important role in mentoring and education in surgery, healthcare, and professional circles. She served as an invited surgeon and surgical educator during her last mission trip to Zimbabwe, where she served as the lead surgeon and guest lecturer for various hands-on plastic surgical reconstructions and teaching sessions. She is active in Women In Leadership lectures and advocacy. She served as a speaker for the Synthes collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Company on Improving Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare, and was one of four selected panelist speakers on Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery International Program by L’Oreal in conjunction with Resurge International. She was an invited speaker at the 2019 Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA) annual Women In Leadership Conference in upstate New York. In January 2020, she served as the Keynote Speaker for the Stryker Women’s Network National Conference National Women in Surgery and Leadership event in California.
Dr. Adetayo has served in various community leadership positions including Chairperson of the Long Beach Rescue Mission, Co-President of the Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Society, Co-President of the Pritzker REMEDY Cuba Medical Aid Mission, Coordinator of the Chicago Local Chapter of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) program for inner city Chicago school kids. She currently serves as Managing Editor and Co-Chair of the Learning Resource Committee of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA).
She has been involved in various medical education and surgical trips to several countries including Cuba, Haiti, Nigeria, Peru, and Zimbabwe as educator and surgeon. She was awarded a Diploma of Honor conferred by the President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru. She collaborates on meaningful initiatives with various international organizations including Rotary International and The Smile Train on improving surgical outcomes, healthcare delivery, patient safety, and quality control standards in surgical reconstruction. She continues to be active in advocacy and philanthropic efforts in developing children and advancing communities.