After a long and successful career as an international pediatric surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad recently chose to retire. His career took him from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia to New Jersey. Additionally, he has volunteered to travel to Palestine a number of times during which he performed complex pediatric surgeries for free on wounded children with some of these operations taking 10 or more hours. His life started out with his family being ejected from their home after the creation of the State of Israel.
Dr. Saad Saad says that his father was a petroleum mechanic which meant that he was able to find a well-paying job in Kuwait as oil had just been discovered there. He spent most of his childhood there along with his six brothers and sisters. His father would remind him that he was a person without a country or passport which left his future very much in doubt. The only way to be a success was to go to college.
His brothers were engineers but Dr. Saad Saad said that wasn’t for him given they worked out all day in the scorching heat which he definitely didn’t want to do. He chose his profession because the work took place indoors in an air-conditioned surgical room. After graduating from medical school he emigrated to the United States.
Because he could speak English and Arabic, and had become a board-certified pediatric surgeon in the US, he was asked by the Saudi Royal family to move there. They wanted him to treat the children of the royal family and other Saudi children. He accepted and moved his family back to the Middle East. He worked in this position for about six years, up through 1989. He has said it was a great adventure and he’s glad that he did it.
He returned to the United States and started working in medicine in New Jersey. In addition to performing operations, he has also come up with a few really innovative inventions. Dr. Saad Saad wanted to come up with ways to reduce the pain of children after surgeries and help them recover faster. One of these innovations was his modifying an endoscope so that it doesn’t have to be put into and taken out of a body during a surgical procedure, reducing complications and speeding up the operation. He also came up with an electromagnetic catheter which makes it far easier to locate catheters placed in patient’s bodies to reduce pressure.
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