With more than 47 years in the halls of pediatric surgery, Dr. Saad is a man whose accomplishments in his area of specialization echo out loud. The retired pediatric surgeon leaves behind not only a lasting legacy of novelty, dedication to his career and service to others but also a string of priceless life lessons to those struggling to carve their way to success.
In his 47-year-old career, Dr. Saad Saad has achieved far more than one could ever imagine attracting the attention of other renowned doctors, humanitarian groups like PCRF and even the Saudi royal family. Using his top-flight skills, the doctor has helped save the lives of more than 2000 young children and restored their hope to a bright future.
For instance, during his career, Dr. Saad Saad was approached by the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund multiple times so he could save the lives of children who were injured severely and required complex surgeries so they can see another day. Among these surgeries, includes one of a 15-year-old boy who had suffered several gunshot wounds in Israel. Even though local doctors helped save his life, the boy’s future was quite bleak as he had suffered severe holes in his belly which eliminated any hopes of living.
With nothing but his innovativeness, Dr. Saad went to work and for the next seven hours carried out a complex surgery during which he repaired all internal injuries that the boy suffered, and patched up all the holes, giving him a chance at life. This is just one of the many complicated surgeries he carried out, and the lives he helped save.
Besides saving lives, Dr. Saad Saad was the only board-certified pediatric surgeon who had fluent English and Arabic languages in all of the USA in the 1980s. This gave him an upper hand as he was in a better position to help kids in the Middle East.
Even though he is quite a big deal right now, it is vital to note that his success was not handed to him on a silver platter. If anything, he had quite tough beginnings as his family was forced to flee to Kuwait after Israel became a state. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
Even though his father could provide for them through his job as a petroleum mechanic, he knew the future of his children had nothing to offer unless they acquired top knowledge. He, therefore, urged Dr. Saad Saad and his siblings to pursue excellence through education. Dr. Saad took this advice to heart and made it his driving force to breaking the surface.
Dr. Saad went from being a mere Palestinian refugee in Kuwait to being one of the most accomplished pediatric surgeons in the USA. His secret to achieving this stature? Well, he says that throughout his career he has been keeping in mind that tomorrow is not promised and in respect to that, accomplishes whatever he can in the present.
Also besides focusing on the present, Dr. Saad Saad says that accepting nothing less than the success he had been yearning for all through, significantly contributed to him being the influential figure we see today.