Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker celebrates the history-making women while encouraging readers to acknowledge both, the men and women who have served to inspire, encourage and challenge them.
OMAHA, NE – March 22, 2021 – Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, has posted a new blog on her website entitled, “Celebrating The History-Making Women Who Have Impacted Lives.” Dr. Adetayo acknowledges the extraordinary efforts, struggles, and challenges that women have continuously and courageously faced and overcome to serve the greater good.
“National Women’s History Month begins on March 1st every year,” Dr. Adetayo writes, adding, “But it wasn’t always that way. In fact,” she notes, “it has been, and sometimes continues to be quite challenging for all women in different professions and countries to be recognized in their respective fields and often their society at large.”
Dr. Adetayo acknowledges, “As a pediatric plastic surgeon, a teenage immigrant, and a black woman, I have experienced my share of challenges both in my home country and following immigration. Fortunately,” she emphasizes, “I’ve had trailblazers – both women and men – who have inspired, supported, and challenged me along the way.”
“From two of the most familiar names – Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks – to lesser-known women in medicine such as Antonia Novello, M.D. and Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D.,” Dr. Adetayo states, “it is imperative to promote a well-rounded education about women’s history.”
Bringing the importance of women’s history to the attention of society at large required conviction and courage, which as Dr. Adetayo writes, “It all began in 1908. Thousands of women came together and marched in New York City for “better labor laws, conditions, and the right to vote.”
As Dr. Adetayo points out that men play an important role in women’s history too as she clarifies that, “Today, people everywhere understand and support the idea of gender equality. The consensus is that this is not just a women’s issue; it’s a human rights issue. HeForShe is an organization that extends an invitation for men and people of all genders to “stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible, and united force for gender equality. The men of HeForShe aren’t on the sidelines. They’re working with women, and with each other, to build businesses, raise families, and give back to their communities.” https://www.heforshe.org/en/movement
“Along with my mother and sisters,” says Dr. Adetayo, “I always acknowledge my dad and brothers for playing strong roles in making it possible for me to be who I am today.”
The entire blog can be read at: https://seunadetayo.com/2021/03/15/celebrating-the-history-making-women-who-have-impacted-lives/
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 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.