What Drove Dr. Saad Saad To Become A Pediatric Surgeon

Dr. Saad Saad was raised in Kuwait and earned his medical degree in Egypt, from Cairo University. He completed his internship in England and then later on immigrated to the United States, 45 years ago.

Having a career in medicine spanning 47 years, he has performed thousands of pediatric surgeries, done 8 missions to Jerusalem in order to do complex surgeries, and patented 2 inventions in order to improve pediatric surgical procedures. Before retiring, he was the Co-Medical Director and Surgeon-in-Chief at K Hovnanian Children Hospital.

Being born in Palestine in the 1940s, as a result of the creation of the State of Israel, his family was forced to relocate to West Bank and never see their home again. His father was a petroleum mechanic, a skill which was in high demand in the 1950s.

His family moved to Kuwait. While he was in school, his father taught reminded him of his tough situation, noting that they have seemingly no future. He pointed out that the only way for him to be respected was if he would pursue a high level of education, as being armed with knowledge could help him be anybody and do anything in the world.

In the 1960s, while Dr. Saad Saad was in high school, he worked on a construction site. Due to the fact that the weather was intensely hot, the heat affected him and made him faint.

Once he regained consciousness and realized that he suffered a heat stroke, he realized that he wasn’t cut for outdoor labor. Upon discovering that the only location in the country that was equipped with air conditioning was the operating room, he set his mind to become a pediatric surgeon, and never steered away from his goal. Read more: When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon

Once he eventually immigrated to the United States, his goal was to become pediatric surgeon that is US Board Certified. At that time it was a very rare accomplishment for surgeons in the United States, but due to his drive and dedication to achieve his goal, in the 1980s he became the only pediatric surgeon who was fluent in English and Arabic in the entire country to be board-certified.

This honor led him to be the pediatric surgeon of the children of the Saudi Royal family, and he also had the opportunity to perform pediatric surgical procedures on children in Saudi Arabia. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/saad-saad and http://medicaldailytimes.com/doctors/hard-to-swallow-advice-from-dr-saad-saad/3663/

Upon returning to the United States in 1989, he focused on improving surgical procedures in order to minimize pain, which led to him patenting two medical inventions, an endoscope and a catheter.

Talking about current trends, Dr. Saad Saad notes that he is excited about the way genetics are currently impacting the ability to prevent, understand and treat chronic diseases and cancer.

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