Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Saad Saad’s Life Lessons

Dr. Saad is a prestigious pediatric surgeon who recently retired after a 47 year-long career. These are some of his life lessons that he has to share.

Dr. Saad was born in the late 1940’s in Palestine which, at the time, was undergoing a lot of social and political changes. His father, a skilled petroleum mechanic, moved his family to Kuwait in the 1950’s. It was then that Dr. Saad learned from his Father that since he was part of a diaspora with no country, passport, or stable future, becoming well educated was the only solution to become notable in the world. While in high school, Dr. Saad once went with his brother to a construction site during the middle of the day. The weather was so hot that he eventually fainted from heat stroke and decided that he was not meant for outdoor work. The only place that was indoors with air conditioning in Kuwait was the operating room. So, Dr. Saad set out to become a surgeon. It was this simple choice that lead Dr. Saad to his successful career, and his belief that anything is possible. He says “If a poor Palestinian refugee can make it and be successful in America, you can too!”

After graduating from Cairo U Med Hosp as a salutatorian, Dr. Saad immigrated to the United States. It was then that he set out to become a US Board Certified pediatric surgeon. By the mid 1980’s, Dr. Saad was the only surgeon on the board that was fluent in both English and Arabic, making him a well sought after doctor. He was asked to serve the Saudi Royal Family’s children and to do complicated surgeries for any children in Saudi Arabia up until 1989. With regards to productivity, Dr. Saad says “you should never wait for tomorrow to do something you can accomplish today.” Living by this rule, Dr. Saad has learned to be efficient and to hold a strong work ethic, which is a reason for his great success.

Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Saad became interested in minimizing pain and recovery time for patients of surgery. He dedicated time to discovering a new surgical method that required one less incision than previously practiced. This surgery was preformed on over 2,000 children by Dr. Saad. He says “reaching your goals is not impossible if you insist on it.” For Dr. Saad, it was his father’s words and the various experiences he had as a young child that lead him to become so determined and ultimately successful. Learn more:

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