Dr Saad Saad, a pediatric surgeon from New Jersey has touched the lives of many children with the numerous surgeries that he has performed. He has been in the business for more than 4 decades and during this time he has made medical missions to Jerusalem where underprivileged kids receive free surgeries.
While in high school, he had the option of taking after his elder brothers who were both engineers. Most of their work was in outdoor construction. Dr. Saad preferred an indoor job due to the uncomfortably high temperatures that Kuwait experienced at certain times of the year. Operating rooms had air conditioners and this appealed the most to him. He chose to pursue surgery.
The Palestinian international earned his medical degree from Cairo University, Egypt. He was among the best students in his class and graduated with honors. He attributes his hard work to coming from a poor family and the desire to live a better life. Saad took and passed the ECFMG exam in 1964 when he was in his 3rd year. This gave him an opportunity to pursue further training in the US once he was done with the formal medical education.
He made the US his home after successfully going through his internship in England. At K Hovnanian Children Hospital, he doubled as both the Co-Medical Director and the Surgeon-in-Chief. These administrative positions did not keep him from taking part in the design of new surgical techniques to alleviate the suffering of young patients.
In the 1980s, the Middle East came calling. He moved with his family to Saudi Arabia where he offered his services to the Saudi Royal family. His fluency in both English and Arabic earned him this opportunity. He kept this job for four and a half years before getting back to the US. Apart from performing surgeries to members of the royal family, he also offered lectures to the surgical club. He also went out of his way to establish a Surgical Residency Program during his time there.
In Riyadh, he took on a very peculiar case. The youngest child with an aneurysm was brought to him and he saved the child’s life. Dr Saad had no problem helping out the less fortunate as his mentor, Dr H Biemann Othersen, had taught him well. He emphasized the need to handle all children with kindness and honesty without paying attention to their background. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/drsaadsaad12
Dr Saad took part in the development of medicine by inventing the suction endoscope and a catheter with tracking mechanism. He believes that hardwork and perseverance can get anyone to the top.