Dr. Saad Saad was born in Palestine right around the time Israel was established as a nation. Many Palestinians were forced to leave their homeland, a fate that would also befall on Dr. Saad’s family. His father was able to move the family to Kuwait, where he found work as an oil worker.
During much of his life, Dr. Saad’s father would instill in him the importance of getting a great education. He told him that the right education would enable him to choose any path he wanted to take in life. Dr. Saad would truly realize how valuable his father’s advice was when he was a teen.
One summer he went to do manual labor at a construction site to earn some money. It was an extremely hot day and it did not take long before the heat got the better of him and he passed out. He woke up and realized that a job involving physical labor would not work well for him. He realized his father’s wisdom and vowed to work as hard as he could on his studies. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://doctor.webmd.com/doctor/saad-saad-md-3d5f8ce5-a764-4c86-b201-e50ec51cd7f2-overview
Not too long after he realized that the only air conditioning available in the entire country of Kuwait at that time was in an operation room at the hospital. It was his desire to never work in the heat that planted the seed in his mind to become a doctor. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad
Dr. Saad came to the United States with a goal to become a US Board Certified doctor. This title would be a great accomplishment. He was also selected to be the personal physician for the children of the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
He was handpicked for this position because he was the only doctor with his credentials in the United States at this time who was both fluent in Arabic and English.
He held this title until 1989 and then returned to the United States, where he was contemplating new ways that he could help eliminate his patient’s pain and to speed up their recovery times.
In his over forty years as a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad has saved the lives of thousands of children. He is thankful that his father pushed him to get a great education.
He has attributed his hard work ethic and being able to properly manage his time as reasons that he was able to achieve many of his goals in life.