As one of today’s leading pediatric surgeons, Dr. Saad Saad is often asked to comment on his path to success. Growing up in Kuwait, he originally had his sights on following in the footsteps of his older brothers by becoming an engineer.
Fortunately for him, the weather in the area where he was doing construction work outside, was extremely hot. This led him to the realization that he would prefer an indoor job with air conditioning. He started on this career path by obtaining his degree in medicine from the University of Cairo.
When asked who helped him in his career the most, Dr. Saad Saad credits Dr. H. Biemann Otherson as being his mentor. As one of the more notable pediatric surgeons in the U.S., Dr. Otherson was the one responsible for training Dr. Saad to become a pediatric surgeon in his own right.
Working closely with this well respected medical professional taught Dr. Saad Saad many core values that he still upholds today. These values included being hard-working as well as honest and kind.
He also saw the importance of treating all children without prejudice to their religion, color, economic background or their mental or physical condition.
Dr. Saad Saad has performed thousands of surgeries on children throughout his 40 years of practice. During this time he saw a need to make improvements that would create safer practices for pediatric surgery. This led him to develop several new procedures as well as two patented inventions.
When asked about what gets him excited about the future of medicine, he comments on the research being conducted in genetics. This research is allowing medical professionals to gain a greater understanding about chronic illnesses and diseases, which in turn will lead to improved methods for treatment and prevention. Read more: When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad
As someone who originally based his career choice on the extreme heat he was working under in Kuwait, Dr. Saad Saad did acquire a few life lessons along the way.
The advice he gives to others is what he would have given to himself at a younger age, which is to stay focused on attaining the objective. This acquired determination is what also makes him a productive individual.
Dr. Saad knows he is able to accomplish a lot more when he makes a plan that allows him to be organized and efficient in getting his tasks completed. He also uses meditation to help keep his mind focused.