Palestinian-born Dr. Saad Saad grew up in Kuwait together with his seven siblings. He pursued his education in Cairo University where he earned Honors in Medicine. After that, he went to England for an internship. Following the lapse of the internship period, he relocated to the United States where he undertook residency in Pediatric surgery and was certified by the United States Board. Certification requires one to undertake progressive surgical practices, specialized training and excel in tests and exams that are taken every ten years. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad
Throughout his career life, Dr. Saad Saad managed to perform thousands of pediatric surgeries. He is known for his unwavering inspiration to improve the procedures and methods in existence, and a strong will to reduce the pain and risks that his patients faced. He has over four decades’ experience performing surgeries to patients in and outside his community.
Dr. Saad Saad performed several medical missions, four in the United States and eight in Jerusalem. He also performed free surgeries to children from poor backgrounds in Westbank. As a result of his exploratory nature, he came up with two medical inventions and personally holds the patents for both.
Catheter with Integral Electromagnetic Location Identification Device was Dr. Saad Saad’s first invention. Medical catheters are tubes used to aid in performing a surgical procedure or inserted to treat medical conditions.
Some catheters can be temporarily or permanently left inside the body. Catheters have to be easily tracked for them to be placed in the right position. Traditionally, X-rays were performed to determine the position of the catheter in the patient’s body. While a single X-ray may not pose a threat to the patient, frequent X-rays expose the patient to excessive radiation. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was an alternative option.
However, the MRI machines are large and non-portable, thus ruling out the option. Dr. Saad Saad’s invention allows the doctor to locate the catheter without any form of imaging performed. The device has a range of advantages including the small size, practicability, and portability.
The Suction-Irrigation device was his second invention. Instead of retrieving the endoscope to eliminate the fog from the lens, Dr. Saad Saad’s invention sucks the fog giving the doctor a clear view of the patient’s body.
In an interview, Dr. Saad Saad was asked of the advice that he would give to the young generation. He stated no one could achieve his goals without insisting. He also noted that no one would be regret if he stays determined and set his energy on achieving whatever they want.
For the case of failure, he affirmed that the experience gained will be significant. He noted that only God knows our fate. This is one thing he truly believes in despite the disagreement about it. This is how strong his faith is.