Dr. Saad Saad retired after a long career of 47 years in medicine, leaving a lasting legacy behind him in his field of expertise, pediatric surgery. In a recent interview he talked about his career and the lessons he learned.
He was born in Palestine during the late 1940s, and at that time the region was undergoing dramatic changes. Due to the newly established State of Israel, many Palestinians were forced to relocate, which meant that his family got relocated to West Bank and never saw his home again. Read more: Dr. Saad Saad | Crunchbase and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
His father was a petroleum mechanic, and in the Middle East oil was just being discovered was getting sold on foreign markets. Due to the fact that the skill was in demand, the family moved to Kuwait.
His father told Dr.Saad that pursuing an education was the only way he would get respected, and that he would be able to be anybody and do anything.
In the 1960s is when h realized he was not cut out for outdoor labor after he had a heatstroke while working on a construction site. Upon discovering that the operating room was the only place in the country where there was air conditioning, Dr. Saad decided to become a pediatric surgeon.
He noted that if a Palestinian refugee can be successful in America than you can too. He never steered from his goal and he ended up graduating with honors from medical school.
His strong work ethic has been the key to his success, which meant that every day he made sure that he made the most of the time he had. Once emigrating to the U.S., he decided he wanted to become a pediatric surgeon who is US Board Certified, which was a rare accomplishment at that time.
By mid 1980s he was the only person who was fluent in English and Arabic to be board-certified in the United States. As a result, he was asked to be the pediatric surgeon for the Saudi Royal family, a position which he held until 1989. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/175114/Dr-Saad+A.-Saad-EATONTOWN-NJ.html and https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md
Upon returning to the United States, he developed new procedures in order to minimize the recovery time and the pain for his patients. He eliminated the 2nd incision which was required in the past on children, which gave the same results and he employed it over 2,000 times during his career.
Another innovation is the creation of an endoscope which has a suction device attached, in order to suck the fluid and have a clear view without having to remove the endoscope, thus making the procedure more time efficient and easy. He notes that achieving your goals is not an impossible task if you insist on your goals.