47 years ago the Palestinian refugee Dr. Saad Saad earned his medical degree in Egypt from Cairo University. He was the salutatorian of his graduating class and he graduated second in his class with honors. He accredits his success in college and medical school with not having another choice in the matter. Born impoverished and raised in Kuwait with 7 other brothers and sisters, he ended up being one of three surgeons, 4 engineers, and a teacher. Success appears to run in his family as out of his four children, two are surgeons, one is a lawyer, and the other is an ICU nurse. He and his wife, the mother of his four children, have been married for 42 years and counting.
Board certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery, Dr. Saad Saad has performed thousands of procedures on children of all ages throughout his over 40 years of experience. He is an expert at complex surgeries and has even done eight medical missions to perform surgery without charge for impoverished children in Jerusalem. He believes in treating all children with the same care and compassion he would want for his own four children and instilled this value in the members of his surgical team. In South Carolina, he was taught by Dr. H Biemann Othersen, who Dr. Saad Saad believes is the best pediatric surgeon in the entire United States. Othersen instilled in Dr. Saad Saad to always treat children the same no matter who they are and to always be kind, hard-working, and honest.
Air conditioning may have been one of the main factors in Dr. Saad Saad’s decision to become a surgeon as opposed to an engineer. As a teenager, he saw his two older brothers working outside on construction sites in the Kuwait summer as engineers and decided against the career. He decided he needed to go into a career with air conditioning and as a surgeon, he almost always worked in an air-conditioned room, unlike his older brothers who had to brave the desert heat.
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After an internship at the University of Cairo, he completed two residencies in 1979 and 1977 at the Medical University of South Carolina where he was mentored by Dr. H Biemann Othersen and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Following his residencies, he became a Fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons in 1984 and 1982. In 2014, he was given the Patients’ Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor Certification. These 2 recognitions are given to active physicians based on their scores given to them by their own patients.