The contributions that Dr. Saad Saad has made to medicine are many and even after his retirement, the efforts that he has made are still being remembered. While he was raised in the country of Kuwait, the pediatric surgeon was born in Palestine. Dr. Saad Saad has 7 brothers and sisters who have each achieved a lot in their careers as teachers, surgeons, and engineers. The graduate of Cairo University graduated as the 2nd in his class with honors almost 50 years ago. After moving to England to complete his internship in medicine, Dr. Saad Saad decided to immigrate to the United States to begin his career in medicine where he completed his pediatric surgery and surgery residencies and became USA Board Certified.
The Palestinian native was not only dedicated to serving the children in the United States, but he also did several medical missions to help children in Palestine who were suffering from diseases and the injuries of violence. One example was a young teenage boy who was flown to the United States after receiving a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He had difficulty eating because of his injuries and had suffered extensive burns along with the wounds themselves. When Dr. Saad Saad operated on him, he was near the brink of death. The 7-hour surgery that he underwent saved his life and was able to repair the numerous internal injuries that he had suffered.
In 2010, yet another child was brought to Dr. Saad Saad to receive life-saving surgery. The one and a half-year-old little girl had been born with a severe birth defect which caused her intestines to be located outside of her body. While the doctors in Palestine had done their best to try to solve the problem, they were unable to because of lack of technology and experience. Dr. Saad Saad was able to create a cover for the birth defect which gave her a second chance at life after a surgery that lasted approximately 5 hours. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-saad-saad
While the surgeries that Dr. Saad Saad performed were admirable, to say the least, the missions that he made in Palestine were able to make a long-lasting impact in the country. Not only did he perform multiple surgeries himself, but he also trained the surgeons in the country on how to perform these surgeries themselves and taught them the methods that he had found such success with. The first mission that Dr. Saad Saad took part in was in 2008 during the month of May. Since then, he had continued to make trips to the war-torn country that is still in desperate need of help from qualified medical professionals. He is dedicated to helping the underprivileged children in the world no matter their background.
Dr. Saad Saad was a pediatric surgeon for over forty years. During his time practicing medicine, he said it was common to get calls from concerned parents about a wide variety of symptoms their child may be experiencing. Dr. Saad Saad is now retired but he continues to share advice on a wide variety of health topics. He recently gave his opinion on vaccines. This is a sensitive topic, as there are many who worry that vaccines can cause more harm than good. There are individuals who say that vaccines can cause the very diseases they are supposed to prevent, can cause autism, or contain hazardous toxins. Dr. Saad Saad understands that parents are concerned about their child’s health, but he reassures parents that getting their children vaccinated is the right thing to do and benefits all children. Learn more: http://drsaadsaad.com/
If a child is sick, a pediatrician will first ask a parent if their child has received vaccinations. Children who are not vaccinated may get severely sick and, in some cases, may need to be rushed to the emergency room if the illness could be life-threatening. It is also possible that the child could have spread the sickness to other children who also may not have received vaccinations.
Vaccinations can mean the difference between life and death for a child. Vaccines have also prevented many children from becoming disabled. There are numerous reasons to make sure that children get their vaccinations. Many diseases have been eliminated because of vaccines. An example is Polio. This was a disease that many children became paralyzed and died from, but today, there are no reported instances of the disease. Vaccines can save people money and time. If a child is sick with a disease that could have been prevented with a vaccine, they could be forced to stay home from school or from the daycare facility they attend. This forces a parent to miss work and must pay extremely expensive medical bills.
There are individuals who will still say how dangerous it is to give a child vaccine. Dr. Saad Saad points out that vaccines are quite safe since scientists and other professionals in healthcare study the effects of vaccines for a great amount of time. If vaccinations were to stop, diseases that were thought to be nonexistent would return. The only time people should not be vaccinated is if a baby is younger than two months or if a person does not react well to a vaccine. For these reasons, it is critical that the rest of the population of individuals get vaccinated. Dr. Saad Saad encourages parents not to believe the myths surrounding vaccinations and to make sure that their child gets their vaccinations for everyone’s benefit.
Dr. Saad Saad is a retired pediatric surgeon, who has had a very successful 47-year career as a pediatric surgeon. Before retiring he was the co-director and surgeon-in-chief of K Hovnanian Children Hospital. Born in Palestine in the late 1940s, but because of the creation of Israel was reduced to the status of a refugee. Like so many other native Palestinians, his family was forced to relocate. Dr. Saad Saad’s family became refugees in the country of Kuwait.
In Kuwait, Dr. Saad Saad experienced two fateful events that was to lift him from his status as a refugee to a prestigious career as a pediatric surgeon. First, while in school Dr. Saad Saad’s father told him that he needed to pursue a high education so that he may be respected by all. Second, Dr. Saad Saad experience a faithful heatstroke that convinced him not to pursue a career working as a laborer outdoor but rather one that would afford him the amenity of working in an air-conditioned environment. Since the only location with an air conditioner is the ER, Dr. Saad Saad set his mind to becoming a pediatric surgeon. To this end Dr. Saad Saad attended Cairo University in Egypt studying medicine and graduating therefrom with honors and ranking second in his class.
Eventually, Dr. Saad Saad was able to immigrate to the United States, where he did a residency in pediatric surgery. Thereafter, Dr. Saad Saad was able to further distinguish himself by becoming a United States Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon. This accomplishment together with his ability to fluently speak both English and Arab made possible his obtainment of the prestigious position of pediatric surgeon to the children of the Saudi royal family in the 1980’s.
Doctor Saad Saad’s legacy in pediatric medicine includes making it easier and safer to perform procedures on children. In order to achieve this, Dr. Saad Saad developed several new procedures. One such procedure permitted the elimination of a previously required second incision but produced the same result. This new procedure not only spared a second incision for over two thousand children but also the possibility of complication that may result therefrom. Apart from developing new procedures, Dr. Saad Saad also devised two enhancement to existent medical devices. The first enhancement was to the endoscope, which is currently being used by doctors around the world. This enhanced endoscope has a suction device on its end to suck bodily fluids so that the endoscope does not become fogged-up requiring it to be taken out for cleaning. This enhanced endoscope saves a great deal of valuable time for the pediatric surgeon. The second enhancement was to the catheter. This enhanced catheter has a built-in electromagnetic location device in one of its ends to allow doctors to detect its location inside of a patient with a hand-held device, which eliminates the need for harmful X-rays and MRIs that includes unwieldy MRI machines.
Dr. Saad Saad believes if a Palestinian refugee can achieve the success he achieved in his life and his career as a pediatric surgeon, anyone can achieve success in his/her life and career. Dr. Saad Saad believes that “reaching your goals in not impossible if you insist on it.” Learn more : https://angel.co/saad-saad-2