Dr. Saad Saad: Dedication to Pediatric Surgery

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Dr. Saad Saad one day woke up to the great news that the Saudi Royal family wanted him to work for them. It was a turning point for Saad’s professional career considering his experience and expertise in pediatric surgery. What baffled many is how the Saudi Royal family handpicked a surgeon from New Jersey to go and work for them. Nonetheless, Dr. Saad Saad had already gained the world’s attention through his numerous successful surgical operations. Besides, there were other reasons which put him in an advantaged position for the job.


One major reason was that Dr. Saad Saad was the only board-certified pediatric surgeon who could fluently speak both English and Arabic. Secondly, Saad Saad had lived in Riyadh with his family more than four years before. He was, therefore, the best candidate for the job and he could not let the chance slip away. He, therefore, opted to move to Saudi Arabia together with his wife and four Children. In Saudi Arabia, Saad Saad was expected to work at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and perform all types of operations from the simplest to the most complex ones.


Professional and Educational background


Dr. Saad Saad was born in Palestine and raised in Kuwait. He came from a family of eight siblings – three of surgeons, a teacher, two Master Degrees in Engineering and two Ph.D.’s. Saad Saad obtained his medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt. After his studies in Egypt, he went to England for an internship program before moving to the United States more than 45 years ago. It was while in the U.S that his career took shape and even became a board-certified pediatric surgeon.


Life in Saudi Arabia


While in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Saad Saad performed several complex surgical operations that earned him a great reputation from the Saudi Royal family and the entire Middle East region. He at one point performed a successful operation on a hopeless case of a baby who was admitted with an aneurysm. The operation attracted world attention and he was able to convince the case to be published in a world-class scientific journal.


Dr. Saad Saad’s rules of surgery


Dr. Saad shares his rules or surgery to help upcoming surgeons during training. The following habits according to Saad Saad are essential when preparing for a surgery:-


  • A doctor should be able to review the medical history of a patient and determine what surgical procedure to be used.
  • Riverview the various steps of the surgical procedure you are planning to use especially when it comes to complex surgeries.


In addition, the following rules should be applied when performing complicated surgeries