Sometime in the late 1940’s in country of Palestine, Dr. Saad Saad came into the world. He is among eight children who were fathered by a skilled petroleum mechanic. Due to political reasons, however, Dr. Saad Saad’s time in his country of birth was short.
The founding of the state of Israel led to a myriad of Palestinians, including Dr. Saad Saad’s family leaving Palestine in search of a home in another country. Dr. Saad Saad found an adopted country in Kuwait as a result of the country’s increased demand for petroleum mechanics, of which Dr. Saad Saad’s father was an expert.
In Kuwait, Dr. Saad Saad strived for and obtained a high level of education and then set his mind on becoming a pediatric surgeon after the happening of two important events in his life. The first event occurred during elementary school when his father reminded him of the family’s situation in Kuwait, that is, they were refugees without a country, with no passport, and seemingly with no good prospects.
Through this means, Dr. Saad Saad’s father was able to inculcate in him the importance of acquiring a high level of education. The result of this lesson was that it ignited a drive in Dr. Saad Saad to apply himself to his schoolwork laying down the groundwork in academia that enabled him to pursue a medical degree. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When Child Swallows Foreign Object – Advice From Dr. Saad Saad
The second occurred in high school during which time Dr. Saad Saad was seriously thinking about pursuing a career in engineering. He even accompanied his brothers to a construction site on several occasions to further this goal.
However, on one occasion at a construction site, Dr. Saad Saad was overcome by the brutal summer heat that is so common on a summer day in Kuwait and suffered a heat stroke. This event led Dr. Saad Saad to rethink his goal of pursuing a career in engineering. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When Child Swallows Foreign Object – Advice From Dr. Saad Saad
Dr. Saad Saad eventually decided upon becoming a pediatric surgeon in part because the only place in Kuwait that he knew had air conditioning was in the operating room. Once Dr. Saad Saad set his mind on becoming a pediatric surgeon, he worked hard to achieve his goal. Hence, his first life lesson: Don’t accept anything but the success you seek.
Dr. Saad Saad attended Cairo University and obtained a medical degree therefrom. Then he immigrated to the United States, did his residency in pediatric surgery and became a USA Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Saad Saad become the Pediatric Surgeon to the Saudi Royal family.
He completed his exceptional career as a pediatric surgeon at the K Hovnanian Children Hospital as its co-director and surgeon-in-chief. Dr. Saad Saad was able to achieve all he achieved in his life because of his second life lesson: Never wait until tomorrow to accomplish a task you can complete today.