Dr. SaadSaad was born towards the end of the 1940’s in Palestine. At this time the region was going through dramatic and rapid changes. Numerous Palestinians were relocated due to the creation of as Israel as a state. Dr. Saad’s father was on his way to work when his mother was told to take her children and get on a bus but the destination was unknown. She left her key beneath the welcome mat and they left with only what they were wearing. They were sent to the West Bank and never saw their home again. It took a lot of searching and paying the owner of a boat a large sum of money for their father to reunite with them. Learn more: https://doctor.webmd.com/doctor/saad-saad-md-3d5f8ce5-a764-4c86-b201-e50ec51cd7f2-overview
Dr. Saad’s father was a petroleum mechanic. The timing was good because oil had just been discovered in the Middle East and was for sale to foreign markets. During the 1950’s the family moved to Kuwait. Dr. SaadSaad had no passport, no country and apparently no future. His father told him the only way to change this was with a good education. When Dr. Saad was in high school in the 1960’s he visited a construction site with his brother. He was affected by the intense heat and fainted from heat stroke. This was when he knew he was not meant for physical labor. The only place with air conditioning in Kuwait at this time was the operating room. He then decided to become a pediatric surgeon. From this point on Dr. Saad’s goal never changed. He did become a pediatric surgeon. He also graduated from medical school as the salutatorian and with honors.
Dr. SaadSaad believes nothing that can be accomplished today should be put off until tomorrow. This is a rule he lives by as a surgeon. This rule was the reason he learned to use his time efficiently. He has always possessed a strong work ethic and this has been his key to success. Once Dr. Saad immigrated to the United States he wanted to be board certified. This accomplishment was rare for any United States surgeon during this period. He earned his board certification in the mid 1980’s. This certification combined with his fluency in English and Arabic enabled him to secure a prestigious and unique position. He became the Saudi Royal family’s pediatric surgeon and performed pediatric procedures on any Saudi Arabian child in need. This continued until 1989.