Surgeon, Author, And Inspiring Speaker, Dr. Seun Adetayo Wins The 2020 “Honorable Mention: Best Special Topic” Award

 Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker’s  manuscript, entitled “Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare” has won the “Honorable Mention: Best Special Topic” award in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open 

OMAHA, NE – October 07, 2020 – Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author and inspiring speaker, has been recognized for her work on “Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare.” She has been awarded the “Honorable Mention: Best Special Topic” paper award by one of the highest honor publication in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS). . This year, 19 publications from national and international authors were honored with the PRS Global Open Best Papers 2020.  Dr. Adetayo’s work is 1 of the 19 that received the Best Special Topic Award by PRS-GO.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Seun Adetayo on this incredible achievement and international recognition for winning the “Honorable Mention: Best Special Topic” Paper Award on her work in “Cultural Competence and Ethnic Diversity in Healthcare.”

Dr. Adetayo is working diligently to bring greater awareness to the inequities and inequalities that exist in both the patient and professional areas of the healthcare profession. Dr. Adetayo has worked diligently to share the importance and urgent need for equity and equality for patients and professionals in health care. She was interviewed on the PRS Global Open Keynote podcast by Dr. Damian Marucci where she discussed the importance of diversity, equity, and equality in healthcare after she overcame significant barriers as a black female immigrant and rose in a competitive and highly specialized surgical field. She discusses critical highlights from her paper and podcast on Cultural Competence And Ethnic Diversity In Healthcare and expounds on how  such competence can help improve healthcare experience and outcomes across a diverse patient population.”

Dr. Adetayo is committed to actively promoting diversity and cultural competency in her profession as a plastic surgeon as she mentors and sponsors others across all gender, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. She notes that “healthcare in a diverse society must be able to meet its diverse population with an equally diverse population of healthcare providers.” She continues to strive to educate and advocate for this need to be met and is grateful for the honor of the 2020 Honorable Mention: Best Special Topic Award by PRS-GO.

The links to both her article and podcast are below.


Listen to the full podcast here


Read the full article at


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. She continued in this trajectory of helping patients and families as she now heads the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery where she serves as the Chief at the Children’s Hospital.  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.