The New Jersey-based pediatric surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad has an array of accomplishments. He has enjoyed a highly successful career as far as bringing innovation and expertise to the field of medicine is concerned. His extensive knowledge has gained him the attention of humanitarian groups and his fellow doctors, besides winning the heart of the Saudi Royal Family. Due to the stellar reputation he enjoys, Dr. Saad Saad has had to perform surgery on a vast number of patients during his career.
The Palestine-born doctor was raised in Kuwait together with his seven other siblings. His siblings also have notable professionals. Three of them are surgeons, two are doctors of philosophies, two are holders of master’s degrees in engineering, and one of them is a teacher. Dr. Saad Saad attained his medical degree at Egypt’s Cairo University 47 years ago where he graduated with honors coming second in his class. He held his medical internship in England but later on relocated to the United States where he has been for 45 years. Having accomplished his residency in surgery and pediatric surgery in the United States, he has a USA board certification in pediatric surgery.
Apart from developing a couple of new pediatric surgical procedures, Dr. Saad Saad has two patented inventions. He has conducted thousands of complicated pediatric surgeries on infants and teenagers for the last 40 years. Part of his philanthropic works includes traveling to Jerusalem to carry free complex operations on children from poor backgrounds. Other charity works of Dr. Saad Saad include addressing the medical needs of Middle East’s children in 2002. An article published in the Chronicle of the Week details Dr. Saad Saad involvement in performing surgeries in children from underprivileged nations such as Palestine.
When asked why he traveled to Palestine, Dr. Saad Saad outlines three primary reasons namely;
- Offer his assistance to the less fortunate
As already stated above, Dr. Saad Saad intentions were to treat the people who didn’t have the means of paying for the treatment they needed. He wanted to bring the skills he had acquired in the United States to Palestine through his medical missions.
- Transfer skills
Dr. Saad was also excited about passing down skills to young Palestinian pediatric surgeons and train them during his missions so that they could deliver better services upon his departure.
iii. Help the Palestine economy
Dr. Saad knew that by conducting surgery in Palestine and training the local surgeons, he could make it possible for the government and patients to avoid paying a huge part of the treatment costs. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/drsaadsaad12
His efforts to help the needy in Palestine have earned him two awards – the PCRF’S Humanitarian Award, and another one from Governor of Ramallah’s, Ministry of Health.