Innovation and Life Lessons From Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Saad Saad

Recently retired pediatric surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad, leaves behind an illustrious and profound career that touched the lives of thousands. In an interview with Stephen Callahan Dr. Saad details his early childhood in Kuwait and the life goals that ultimately inspired him to become the surgeon and individual he is today.


Growing up as a Palestinian in Kuwait, Dr. Saad was separated from his father at an early age, only seeing him again when he returned by boat. His father, a petroleum mechanic, urged Dr. Saad that he would only gain true respect in life through the pursuit of a higher education; and after suffering a heat stroke working outside with his brother, Saad aimed to work in the only place with air-conditioning in Kuwait: the operating room. In order to achieve his goal he followed a simple mantra: “Don’t accept anything but the success you seek.” This life lesson enabled him to graduate from medical school with honors as Salutatorian and eventually move to the U.S. to become the only US Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon fluent in both English and Arabic.


After moving to the U.S. and achieving his goal he had always kept the following in mind: “Never wait until tomorrow to accomplish a task you can complete today.” This mentality allowed him to continue to pursue his career and achieve success at every corner of life. Following his success in the U.S. he went to Saudi Arabia and until 1989 performed surgeries on children of the Saudi Royal Family as well as any other child in the country that may need it. He then returned to the U.S. and came up with an innovative surgical procedure that helped to eliminate unnecessary pain to children by only having one incision instead of two.


This groundbreaking surgical procedure saved countless lives and prevented unnecessary suffering of so many children; again putting Dr. Saad Saad at the forefront of pediatric surgery. After forty seven years as a pediatric surgeon.


Dr.Saad recently retired from Meridian Pediatric Surgical Associates Practice, in Eatontown, New Jersey: leaving behind a history of saving lives with thoracic and pediatric surgical procedures. He also leaves behind a familial legacy of professionalism and higher education in his successful children.


Finally, Dr. Saad Saad mentions in his interview with Stephen Callahan that if he were to tell his younger self one thing it would be to control your own fate with your own decisions, and furthermore, that reaching your goals is not impossible if you set your mind to it. He continues to hear his father’s incredible words of wisdom to this very day, urging him to accomplish his dreams and never give up on himself. Learn more:

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