Dr. Saad Saad, one of the most well-known pediatric surgeons in history, retired from the Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. Prior to his retirement, he was also working as the Co-Medical Director. Although his career was beyond successful, his early life is to credit for much of his success in life.
Born into a family of eight children, Dr. Saad Saad would learn just how important it was to provide for your family. He was born in Palestine, but was raised in Kuwait with his siblings, shortly after the region had discovered that they struck oil. The weather was hot, and the only option at this time for work for he and his brother was to work in the heat outside. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: http://medicaldailytimes.com/medical-inventions/life-saving-medical-inventions-dr-saad-saad/3570/ and https://medium.com/@dr1saadsaad
It was by working in the hot sun for long hours that he suffered a heat stroke. He knew that his only hope for working in air condition was to become a surgeon, thus giving him an opportunity to work in the one place that offered air condition in Kuwait; an operating room. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
He was determined to become a surgeon, and it was through his hard work and dedication as a student that he graduated with a medical degree from the University of Cairo. Dr. Saad Saad graduated with honors, and he went on to study in London, then shortly after he moved to the United States as an immigrant.
Once he moved to the United States, he completed his residency in surgery as well as in pediatric surgery. Dr. Saad Saad was the only US Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon that could speak Arabic and English fluently, thus ranking him among the top choices for positions within pediatric surgery.
Additionally, Dr. Saad Saad was also chosen to be the personal physician to the Royal Saudi Family. Bringing his family to Saudi Arabia to live during this time was beneficial, giving him the opportunity to learn more skills and make valuable connections among the Saudi people.
The legacy that he leaves as a man, father, and pediatric surgeon are beyond exceptional. During his long career, he patented two inventions that would improve surgery for his patients on many levels, including giving them the ability to reduce pain and shorten the time in surgery.
Just prior to his final retirement, Dr. Saad Saad was the Surgeon-in-Chief, and the Co-Medical Director for K Hovanian Children’s Hospitals in Hackensack, New Jersey.