Surgeon, Author, And Inspiring Speaker, Dr. Seun Adetayo, Shares A Near Devastating Winter Tale She Recently Experienced Which Reminded Her Of The Importance Of Attention To Detail.

Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, shares a personal experience that happened to her on the coldest of winter’s nights and how instead of giving into frustration, she mustered the necessary strength to get things done and was subsequently reminded of Steve Jobs and his reputation for passionate attention to detail.

OMAHA, NE – March 31, 2021 – Dr. Seun Adetayo, renowned plastic surgeon, author, and inspiring speaker, has posted a new article on her website entitled, “My Flooded Basement Reinforced Steve Jobs’ Lessons on Excellence And Attention To Detail.” Dr. Adetayo relates a story that could have brought many people to their knees in frustration and shares how she learned early on in her training the importance of excellence and attention to detail.

Dr. Adetayo begins, “On February 22nd, I got home from the hospital after a 14-hour workday.” She adds, “The temperature hit 25 below zero that day – I checked the weather app and saw that was colder than Finland or Alaska!”

“When I got home,” Dr. Adetayo writes, “there was an unusual gentle hum I had never noticed before. Even though I was tired and simply wanted to do my workout, shower, and get to bed, for some reason, I decided to track down the subtle gentle humming sounds.” She continues, “I checked the living room, kitchen, and office but could not find the source. As I was about to head upstairs, intuitively I decided to check out the basement with the expectation that I wouldn’t find anything out of the ordinary. Much to my surprise,” she writes, “as I took the last step, I felt something swish over my boots. As I looked down, I realized my basement was a total flood zone.”

Dr. Adetayo acknowledges, “My initial reaction was confusion, then as I opened the basement door, that’s when I saw that everything was flooded.” She elaborates, “It was a few minutes before 10p.m.  I was tired, and the frustration of coming home to this made me just want to succumb to the frustration. I needed to find the source of the leak, which was not visible, but the gentle sound I was hearing previously was a bit louder now. I saw one of the living room walls bulging out and as I walked toward the sound, I realized the sound was coming from within that wall. The bulge was due to water collecting behind the wall where the broken pipe was located.”


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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. 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.