Dr. Saad Saad is a world-renowned pediatric surgeon. The Palestinian native is also an innovative medical professional. He has invented several medical devices designed to reduce the pain patients endure during medical procedures and to make it easier for doctors to perform those procedures more effectively. Raised in humble circumstances, Dr. Saad has made regularly doing needed technical surgical procedures at no cost for poor children part of his practice. He has done medical missions to poor communities in Jerusalem, Palestine and the United States.
After getting his MD with honors from Egypt’s Cairo University, Dr. Saad Saad went to England where he did an internship. He then completed his residency in the U.S. and became board-certified in pediatric surgery. Dr. Saad, who has lived in the United State for over 40 years, is fluent in English and Arabic. That led to him being chosen to go to King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Saudi Arabia to serve as the Saudi, Bahrain and Persian Gulf royal families’ personal pediatric surgeon for 41/2 years. During that time he also performed complex surgical procedures on poor children as well.
Once back in the United States, Dr. Saad Saad worked with the Hackensack Meridian Health Care System in New Jersey. He was co-medical director and surgeon-in-chief at K Hovnanian Children Hospital for many years. Dr. Saad credits Dr. H. Biemann Othersen for mentoring him and ingraining in him the importance of treating all patients equally regardless of the religion, culture, social standing or ability to pay.
Married for over 40 years and a father of two, Dr. Saad Saad is retired and lives in Red Bank, New Jersey. Throughout his career he enjoyed sharing his knowledge. When he performed surgery on the youngest baby to be treated for an aneurism, to educate others, he published details of the delicate, intricate procedure in a top scientific journal. He also created a surgical residency program for medical students in Saudi Arabia in connection with England’s Royal College of Surgeons. The program allows students to receive surgical training in Saudi Arabia and receive certification in the United Kingdom.
In addition to helping patients all around the world, Dr. Saad has created surgical protocols to help train young surgeons. They include closely reviewing the patient’s medical history, carefully going over the steps of the planned procedure and studying information from the latest textbooks on operative pediatric surgery before complex pediatric surgical procedures. Dr. Saad Saad also teaches young surgeons the importance of being well-rested, focused, organized and efficient to be their most productive.
Dr. Saad says if a poor Palestinian refugee like him can use hard work and perseverance to become successful, anyone can do the same. Learn more: http://medicaldailytimes.com/doctors/hard-to-swallow-advice-from-dr-saad-saad/3663/