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Dr. Saad’s Success as a Pediatric Surgeon

Dr. Saad Saad is a retired doctor of pediatric surgery. His last position was at Hackensack, NJ’s Meridian Health as the Surgeon-in-chief and the Co-Medical Director of the K. Hovnanian Children Hospital. He worked for 40 years in the United States as a pediatric doctor. Dr. Saad Saad birth place was Palestine and he was reared in Kuwait. He obtained his formal medical education at the University of Cairo. He graduated with honors, was highly ranked in his class.


Dr. Saad Saad trained with esteemed Dr. H Biemann Othersen as an intern in Charleston, South Carolina. From Dr. Othersen, Saad learned to be “kind, honest, hard-working, and to treat every child, no matter what his background or family circumstances the same.


Dr. Saad went to high school in Kuwait in the mid-1960’s. It was there that he chose his career path. He had two older brothers who worked outside in the 110 degree weather and he decided he’d rather be inside in the air conditioning. He wanted to be sure he’d be in the air conditioned room at all times, so he chose not just to be a doctor, but to be a surgeon in an operating room that’s always air conditioned.


Dr. Saad has taken his 40 years of experience and education and turned them into two patented inventions and the development of pediatric surgical techniques. In that time, he has performed thousands of surgeries on infants and teens. He has also donated his time and skill to perform eight missions to Jerusalem where he completed complex surgeries on poor children.


Dr. Saad believes only God knows the future, yet he continues believing in God’s use of medicine particularly surgery to all people. Other things that motivate Dr. Saad are genetics, research and organization. He’s excited about the use of genetics to treat cancer and other diseases. Dr. Saad can see how research lights the path for medicine’s future.


His personal technique for success is to get organized and to always be thoroughly prepared for each operation. Consistently, he would take the same steps before each procedure:

1) Review the patient’s medical record

2) Know the type of surgery to be performed.

3) Review the surgical procedure step by step from beginning to end; referring to the most recent pediatric surgical textbook if needed.


When asked what steps were most effective for him during his time as a surgeon? He answered that he always kept his operating room quiet, no loud music and no talking about personal matters. To prepare for the surgery, he always got a good night’s sleep and ate a good breakfast.


The most profound advice he has for others is if a poor Palestinian could become a successful pediatric surgeon in the U.S., anyone can with hard work and perseverance. Learn more: