Dr. Saad Saad, From Refugee to an Accomplished Pediatric Surgeon

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

 

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