Dr. Saad Saad’s Faith and Life 

Dr. Saad Saad ultimately has had a very distinguished 40-year medical career in the area of pediatric surgery. However, his success was neither assured or easy. Dr. Saad Saad was born into a poor Palestinian family in Palestine sometime in the late 1940’s but was brought up in the country of Kuwait. His humble socio-economic status provided Dr. Saad Saad with the motivation to do his very best not only in grade school but also in medical school. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://patch.com/new-jersey/longbranch/when-child-swallows-foreign-object-advice-dr-saad-saad

Dr. Saad Saad’s desire to become a doctor stems from having experienced several years of scorching summer days in Kuwait, where is not uncommon for the temperature to exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The scorching heat steered Dr. Saad Saad away from his original engineering career path and towards a doctor’s career path as this career path would provide him with air-conditioning. Read more: Dr. Saad Saad Medical Missions | Chronicle Week and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon

Dr. Saad Saad studied medicine at Cairo University in Egypt and graduated from the university 47 years ago not only with honors but ranking second in his class. During his stint in Egypt, Dr. Saad Saad spent the best $100 of his life on an airline ticket so that he could fly to Beirut, Lebanon to take the ECFMG exam, which the studious Dr. Saad Saad easily passed and in due time was the key that open the door to him doing his medical residency in the United States.

After completing an internship in Great Britain 45 years ago, Dr. Saad Saad immigrated to the U. S. to do his medical residency in surgery and pediatric surgery.

During this time, Dr. Saad Saad learned from Dr. H Biemann Othersen, one of the greatest pediatric surgeon ever, to be a doctor (and person) who is kind, honest, and hard-working and to view and treat the children in his care the same regardless of the race they are a member of, the religion they believe in, their mental or physical capacity, and their social economic status. In due time, Dr. Saad Saad applied to become USA board certified in pediatric surgery and earned that honor after successfully passing all the tests presented to him.

Very important to Dr. Saad Saad is his faith in God. Dr. Saad Saad truly believes that only God knows our fate, contrary to the views of many. Dr. Saad Saad’s fate includes performing thousands of complex pediatric surgeries for his employment as well as providing many impoverished children with desperately required surgeries for free, some of which he performed in the United States and some of which took place during the eight Medical Missions to Jerusalem he made.

Dr. Saad Saad’s fate also includes the raising of four kids, who are now adult professionals working in the medical and legal fields.

Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad:

Dr. Saad Saad Medical Missions | Chronicle Week

Dr. Saad Saad’s Accomplished Career in the Medical Field

As Dr. Saad retires at 72 years of age, he has nothing but sheer contentment in the way he has led his career. Dr. Saad Saad exits the pediatric surgery arena, a field that he has worked in for a long time, with a legacy that will last for a long time after him. This Palestine native doctor has had a remarkable career despite the numerous challenges that his family had to go through in his early years. However, challenges to him have been a significant motivation and have driven his success in life.

 

Born at a period when Palestine was changing to Israel, the parents of Dr. Saad had to go through a compulsory relocation from the only land they had known as home and begin life again in a new place. His father who worked as a petroleum mechanic was able to lead his family through this transition at the same time instilling the significance of education into his eight children. On one of the hot days during his youth, Saad suffered from a mild stroke when visiting one of his brothers in the mining fields. This experience made him realize that he would be more comfortable working in closed environments in the future and that’s why he decided to pursue a career in pediatric surgery. Learn more: https://www.meridianhealth.com/location/meridian-faculty-pediatric-surgery-eatontown/index.aspx

 

Dr. Saad graduated in 1971 from Cairo Medical Hospital. Later he went to the United States and began his pursuit to become board certified as a pediatric surgeon by the United States. Eventually, Dr. Saad got the certification which was a daunting task at that time and became the only Arab and English speaking pediatric surgeon in the area. He became a private doctor to the Saudi Royal family but was also allowed to operate on sick Arab children. It was his only occupation till 1989 when he moved back to the US.

 

When he returned, Dr. Saad started his medical practice in New Jersey where he also took up continuous research on techniques to reduce the pain involved during surgery and recovery process for the young children. His discoveries were of a method to perform surgery without the need of having two incisions on the body of a child. He went on and operated thousands of kids successfully with this technique.

 

Dr. Saad Saad has been carrying out surgical procedures for many decades now. His accomplishments and experience are recognized by most of his peers. He has earned three awards for his relentless effort in humanitarian work. Two of the awards were from PCRF (Palestine Children’s Relief Fund) and the other one by Ramallah’s Governor who works with the Ministry of Health. Dr. Saad is a father of eight children who are very successful with degrees in teaching, master’s degrees in Engineering, and PhDs in surgery.