An interview with Dr. Saad Saad

Dr. Saad Saad grew up in Kuwait although his birthplace was Palestine. He was born among eight other children three of which are surgeons, two engineers, two Ph.D. and one teacher. Saad Saad went to Cairo University in Egypt where he graduated with honors being the second best student in his class. After completing his studies in Egypt, he proceeded for an internship in England before moving to the United States more than 45 years ago. He is married with four children two of which are surgeons an ICU nurse and a lawyer.


Saad Saad through his experience in the medical industry has been able to patent two inventions besides developing several new pediatric surgical techniques. Having worked for over 40 years, Dr. Saad Saad has conducted thousands of complex pediatric surgeries on children, infants, and teenagers. He has also made 8 trips to Israel where he performed complex surgeries on poor children. Dr. Saad Saad was the immediate Surgeon-in-Chief and Co-Medical Director at Khovnanian Children Hospital before retiring.


What led you to the medical profession?


While I was till you and studying in Kuwait, I always thought I would become an engineer just like my older brothers. However, I came to realize that engineering involves a lot of outdoor construction work and considering the hot climate in Kuwait, I changed my mind. I wanted a profession where I would work in a cool environment. That is how I ended up in the medical profession.


Who helped you become a pediatric surgeon?


My mentor was Dr. H Biemann Othersen who was one of the greatest pediatric surgeons in the United States. He taught me a lot of things and always encouraged me to serve people especially children. I owe him a lot for what I became.


How do you generate new ideas?


I do a lot of research. Any medical expert will tell you that research is vital when it comes to inventing new ideas in the medical industry.


What’s one thing that you believe to be right but most people disagree with you?


I believe that it’s only God who determines our fate


As a former surgeon, what habit do you think is right when preparing for a surgery?

The first thing is always to review a patient’s health record and the second is to review the steps of the surgical procedure that I am planning to perform.


How did you perform in the medical school?


I performed extremely well. I graduated with honors and emerged one of the top students.


What advice would you give to the world if you had a chance?


Never give up. If a refugee from Palestine could make it in the United States, then anyone else can. Learn more: