An interview with Retired Dr. Saad Saad

Dr. Saad Saad was born in Palestine and raised in Kuwait. He came from a family of highly educated people. Three of his siblings are surgeons, two Ph.D. and two master degree holders in engineering. Saad Saad went to Cairo University in Egypt where he graduated with honors in his class. He attended his internship in England before immigrating to the United States. Dr. Saad Saad has been married for 42 years and is blessed with four children two of which are surgeons, a lawyer, and an ICU nurse.

 

As a result of his experience, Saad Saad has developed several new pediatric surgical procedures and has also patented two inventions. For the last 40 years, Dr. Saad has been able to undertake thousands of complex pediatric surgeries on infants, children, and young adults. He has also traveled to Israel for medical missions where he has been involved in carrying out complex surgeries on poor children. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/saad-saad

 

How did you realize that you had a calling to be a doctor?

 

While attending school in Kuwait, I always thought that I would become an engineer like my two older brothers. As you know Kuwait is very hot and at some point, I realized that my brothers always worked outdoor with such hot weather. I, therefore, decided that I would want to work in a cool environment indoors with air conditioning.

 

Who mentored you to become a surgeon?

 

Dr. H Biemann Othersen was very instrumental in mentoring me to become a pediatric surgeon. He was the greatest pediatric surgeons in the United States and taught me many lessons and values in life. For instance, he always told me to treat all children equally regardless of the color of their skin, financial background or religion.

 

What latest technology interests you most in the medical industry?

 

The way genetics are helping us to understand, prevent and treat cancer together with other chronic diseases.

 

Do you have any habit which makes you more productive?

 

I am always organized. This helps me to be more efficient and avoid procrastinating on my tasks each day.

 

What advice would you give a young person?

 

Persistence and determination are vital when it comes to attaining personal goals.

 

What kind of advice would you give to the world if you were given a chance?

 

If as I succeeded in achieving my goals in America despite being a Palestinian refugee, then anybody else can make it.

 

What book would you recommend people to read?

 

I would recommend any book about Abraham Lincoln. He was a great man who helped in ending slavery because he believed that all men are equal before God. As a surgeon, I strongly believe that all people are created the same.

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