When Dr. Saad Saad tells you how he decided to become a pediatric surgeon, it’s bound to make you smile just a bit. Dr. Saad went to work with his father one day in Kuwait — to observe, as he was only a boy. It was sweltering, and he passed out. When he awoke, he realized the villain was heat stroke. It was then he decided he would never be able to handle the heat of outdoor work and in his mind began casting about for a profession that ensured he would spend his days in air-conditioned comfort. The operating room, that’s the answer, he thought. At that moment he decided on a career as a pediatric surgeon and immediately began pursuing his goal.
Dr. Saad Saad was born in Palestine in 1940, and his family suffered greatly upon the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. They were forced out (for what they thought would be only a short time) with just the clothes on their back. Dr. Saad’s mother left the key under the doormat, confident they would soon return. They never returned to their home in Palestine.
For a while, the West Bank was home to the Saad family. But Dr. Saad’s father was a highly-skilled petroleum tech and moved his family to Kuwait where he found work in the petroleum industry. It was in Kuwait that Dr. Saad received both inspiration and heatstroke.
Dr. Saad Saad’s father impressed on young Saad the gravity of his situation — no home country, no passport, no respect. The only way to gain respect, he said, was to seek the best education he could. Dr. Saad did just that, graduating from medical school with honors.
Dr. Saad Saad next immigrated to the US to become a board-certified pediatric surgeon. As he was one of the few pediatric surgeons fluent in English and Arabic, he became the pediatric surgeon to the royal family of Saudi Arabia. Of course, he also treated any Saudi child requiring his skills.
Dr. Saad said he is more productive because he adheres to one simple principle — never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. And asked about his advice to his younger self, which is, of course, really advice to the youth of today, he offered the following. You can be anything you desire if you believe in the power of your mind and start moving towards that goal right now — before this day ends.
Dr. Saad is quite the inventor. He patented a new type of endoscope. The design includes an added suction device that prevents body fluids from fogging the lens of the scope, thus eliminating the need for occasional removal for cleaning. The second device he patented is a magnetic catheter. The surgeon uses a hand-held electronic device outside the body to detect the position of the catheter’s tip inside the body. Learn more : https://angel.co/saad-saad-2