Pediatric Surgeon Receives Presidential Award for Overseas Charity Work
ALBANY, N.Y., June 18, 2014 — Albany Med pediatric plastic surgeon Oluwaseun (Seun) Adetayo, M.D., received a distinguished accolade from the President of Peru in honor of her work to help children with significant craniofacial abnormalities.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala issued a Diploma of Honor lauding the work Dr. Adetayo and a team of physicians from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine performed during a week-long mission trip at a children’s hospital in Lima last year.
The surgeons triaged more than 100 cases involving cleft lips, cleft palates, craniosynostoses, and other craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgical conditions, and were able to successfully complete 19 complex surgical cases, including some surgeries that lasted several intense hours.
On the surgeons’ final day in Peru, word came that a presidential convoy was waiting for them at their hotel. President Humala sent his delegates of the Congress of the Republic of Peru to thank them for their work.
Dr. Adetayo, who had been on four mission trips prior to traveling to Peru, says the recognition was completely unexpected.
“The media featured a segment on some of the operations on their news, and that’s how the president likely found out we were there. We were told that he wanted to invite us over for a formal dinner, but on such short notice he was unable to,” said Dr. Adetayo. “We were honored to receive such recognition, both on a personal level as well as on an organizational level for the team. The Diploma of Honor is a reminder both of the work we did and all the work that still needs to be done.”
Dr. Adetayo is the Greater Capital Region’s only fellowship-trained pediatric plastic surgeon. She specializes in correcting cleft and craniofacial anomalies in children and adults.
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