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Life and Legacy of Dr. Saad Saad

Dr. Saad Saad was born in Palestine, in the late 1940’s, to a father who was a skilled petroleum mechanic and who sired a total of eight children. Due to his father’s occupational expertise, the family was able to relocate to Kuwait and escape from the upheaval stemming from the creation of the country of Israel. In Kuwait, Dr. Saad Saad experienced two eventful occurrences, which shape the career path on which he is to traverse in his life and the success he is to attain.

The first event occurred while Dr. Saad Saad was in school, with his father reminding him that the family were refugees without a country, without a passport, and presumably without a future and instilling upon him that the only way to be respected by others is to pursue a high education. This event provided Dr. Saad Saad with the impetus to pursue a high education.

The second event occurred when Dr. Saad Saad was in high school and wanted to pursue a career in engineering like his brothers. To this end, he went with his brothers to a construction site to gain some experience in engineering. While at the construction site, Dr. Saad Saad was unable to withstand the scorching heat of a summer day in Kuwait, which could exceed 110 degrees F., and experienced a heat stroke. They event convinced Dr. Saad Saad against pursuing an outdoor labor career. But it was not until Dr. Saad Saad’s discovery that the only location in the country that is air conditioned is the operating room did he firmly set his mind to becoming a pediatric surgeon. To this end, he went to Cairo University to study medicine, graduating with honors and ranking second in his class. Next, Dr. Saad Saad did an internship in England, upon completion of which he immigrant to the United States and did his residency in pediatric surgery and later became a USA Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon. This achievement enabled to him become the Pediatric Surgeon for the children of the Saudi Royal family.

Legacies of Dr. Saad Saad include improving many procedures to make procedures easier and safer for children, improving an endoscope with a suction device on its end, and improving a catheter with an electromagnetic to allow its detection by a hand-held device. Dr. Saad Saad advice to all is: “reaching your goals in not impossible if you insist on it.” Learn more :


Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon – UPDATE