Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, addresses the racism, inequality, and social injustice that is causing mental, physical, and emotional distress in the U.S. and around the world making two important dates even more significant this year.
OMAHA, NE – June 27, 2020 – Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, has posted a new article on her website entitled, “Juneteenth And Father’s Day Require Greater Awareness This Year,” in which Dr. Adetayo points out the gravitas of both events.
Dr. Adetayo states, “As with any disease, one must be made aware of its presence before it can be properly treated or cured. In addition to COVID-19, there is another type of viral disease that is threatening the health and well-being of everyone in U.S. at this time. It is the disease of racism, inequality, and social injustice.” Dr. Adetayo explains that this “calls for shining a brighter light of understanding on these threats because of how different Father’s Day is going to be for too many families and communities, and how much more important the recognition of Juneteenth is this year. Hopefully, it can be the launching of greater enlightenment and true emancipation.”
As Dr. Adetayo reminds readers, “Most of the U.S. thinks of June as the month we celebrate Fathers. This year, however, it’s important to remember that there are many children who have lost their fathers since last Father’s Day – George Floyd’s little daughter being at the top of the list. Many people have also lost their fathers to COVID-19.”
“If you still have a father to celebrate,” says Dr. Adetayo, “shower him with all the love and affection you can. If he is a man of color, pray that soon he and his children will be able to freely walk the streets of this country without being afraid for their lives.
Dr. Adetayo goes on to talk about June 19, 1865 as the official end of slavery in the U.S. She notes that although “Juneteenth may have been the official end of slavery, but unfortunately it was not the end of racial prejudice.” She elaborates, “We are being made aware of that right now.. This gives Juneteenth a place of even greater significance this year. Hopefully, future generations will be celebrating Juneteenth as a day that marks the beginning of true freedom for all people of color.”
The entire article can be read at: https://seunadetayo.com/2020/06/18/juneteenth-and-fathers-day-call-for-greater-awareness-this-year/
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.