Dr. Saad Saad is an important figure in the world of medicine, with 4 decades of experience and thousands of complex pediatric surgeries to his name. Dr. Saad was born in Palestine, got raised in Kuwait, and is one of eight children.
He earned his medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt, and after completing his medical internship in England, he moved to the United States. Dr. Saad did his residency in surgery and in pediatric surgery in the United States, and is USA Board Certified in Pediatric Surgery. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad
Before he retired, he was the Co-Medical Director and Surgeon-in-Chief at K Hovnanian Children Hospital. During his career he has done 8 medical missions to Jerusalem and performed free complex surgeries on poor children. Additionally, he patented two inventions and also developed new pediatric surgical procedures. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: http://medicaldailytimes.com/medical-inventions/life-saving-medical-inventions-dr-saad-saad/3570/
His first invention was an endoscope that had a suction device attached to the end, allowing doctors to keep the endoscope inside the patient and activate the suction when necessary.
The second patent is for a catheter that has an integral electromagnetic location device, thus eliminating the need for a full x-ray or an MRI.
Dr. Saad noted that initially he wanted to become an engineer. While he was still in high school during the 1960s, he worked alongside his brother on a construction site in Kuwait.
The summers in Kuwait can get very hot, and the weather started to affect him. After spending time in the hot sun he fainted, and later regained consciousness and realized that he was not fit for working outdoors.
Reflection on his experience, he opted to become a doctor instead, as the operating room was the only location in the entire country that was air conditioned. He recommends the area of surgery to aspiring physicians, as he believes that good surgeons will be needed for years to come.
He considers the 21st century advancement to be amazing, as they allowed surgeons to operate on any type of patient. He points out the fact that doctors are now able to cure cancers in patients that a few years ago were not feasible.
Additionally, Dr. Saad Saad notes that we are inventing machines and discovering drugs to cure illnesses that we did not think we could cure a few years ago. When asked about a current trend in the medical field that he finds exciting, Dr. Saad mentioned the way genetics are impacting our ability to understand, prevent, and also treat cancer as well as other chronic diseases.