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: http://www.jerseyshoreuniversitymedicalcenter.com/jsumc/newseventsandclasses/pressreleases/Press-Release.cfm?customel_dataPageID_2021=495087

Betsy Devos – on topic article

There are those who have underestimated Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos. But don’t let that polite, easy-going demeanor fool you; she’s a fighter. And her hardcore, conservative stance on education is something she fails to budge on. Learn more: http://www.betsydevos.com/education/

 

DeVos was born in Holland, Michigan. A close-knit Dutch community that stays true to its strict Calvin theologies. Her father, industrialist Edgar Prince was a rich billionaire, who taught DeVos to always stand on principles.

 

Even throughout college, DeVos was involved in campus politics. Education was always at the forefront. She was always thinking of ways to better it for children who lacked the financial means. Both she, and her husband, Dick DeVos, son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos, have always felt this way about education and many other initiatives in Michigan.

 

In 2006, she fought hard to help her husband unseat incumbent Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D). While it seemed that the Republicans had Granholm on the ropes, she ultimately came out victorious.

 

Through their rich family ties, they have wielded a great deal of power and political clout. DeVos served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party for nearly 10 years.

 

She pushed for school choice — not a popular stance in Michigan in the 90s. It was DeVos’s idea that children who lived in deprived districts have the opportunity to receive vouchers to go better schools. She even tried to get it passed into law; it failed.

 

But that didn’t stop her. She managed to carry her message to schools in surrounding states. Now 24 states accomplished what she couldn’t in Michigan: charter schools or voucher programs.

 

While DeVos failed to get certain laws passed in Michigan, she has successfully help the state see the largest number of charter schools in the nation. Her stance has come under a great deal of criticism from political foes.

 

Opponents believe her ideas are only making the issue of improving education worse. For example, charter schools in Michigan are among the worst performing in the nation. There is no oversight, which has led to a great deal of chaos. On the flip side, public school continue to deteriorate.

 

A number of educators, including American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, believe DeVos’s hostility to education may be her undoing. “She is as dangerous as she is plainspoken. There are a number of laws she didn’t want to go into effect because she simply wanted to see public schools fail,” said Weingarten.

 

Since her senate confirmation, she has done her best to reach out to opponents, including Weingarten and National Education Association President Lily Eskelen Garcia.

 

All three plan on visiting schools together and work toward a common goal.