Life Lessons from Pediatric Surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad

Dr. Saad Saad is a pediatric surgeon in Eatontown, New Jersey, who also specializes in thoracic surgery. He’s been practicing for 34 years and has an affiliation with numerous hospitals that include the Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch Campus.

When Dr. Saad Saad was asked in a recent interview about why he become a physician, the answer he gave might be surprising. While many people become doctors because they want to help people, Dr. Saad’s reason for becoming a doctor was so that he could work in an air-conditioned environment. It’s not hard to understand his reasoning after hearing the story about his childhood.

Today, it would be difficult for anyone to look at the Middle East and not associate it with the Oil industry. However, this was not the case when Dr. Saad was born, as oil in that region was just beginning to be discovered. In Kuwait, where Dr. Saad spent much of his childhood, his father was a petroleum mechanic. During high school, Dr. Saad and his brother worked at a construction site. One day, Dr. Saad felt ill, fainted, and had to be treated for a heat stroke caused by working in the hot sun. That experience taught him that he was not made for manual labor. The only place Dr. Saad knew of where he would not have to do outdoor manual work was a hospital operating room. As he reflected on the incident and the type of life he would have, Dr. Saad decided to become a pediatric surgeon. Later, Dr. Saad would graduate from Cairo University School of Medicine as the salutatorian.

Two life lessons helped Dr. Saad achieve his goals. The first lesson is accepting nothing less than the success you seek. The second lesson is not to put off until tomorrow what can be done today. He lived by those rules. Dr. Saad believes that if he, being a poor refugee from Palestine, could become successful that anyone can become successful. At one point in his career, Dr. Saad was the only U.S. Board-Certified pediatric surgeon who was able to speak both Arabic and English. Because of those unique qualifications, he served as the Pediatric Surgeon for the Saudi Royal family until 1989.

Dr. Saad is perhaps most known for his development of a surgical procedure that eliminated the need for an additional incision on the child’s body. Thus far, over 2,000 young patients have benefited from that development. Learn more: