Dr. Saad Saad, one of the most experienced and well-known pediatric surgeons left behind a tremendous legacy. Everything that he based his career on as a pediatric surgeon, was a great lesson for everyone, including his own family. These simple life lessons can impact everyone’s life in a dramatic way. Retiring after practicing as a pediatric surgeon for 47 years, an interview was conducted by Stephen Callahan with Dr. Saad Saad. What Mr. Callahan learned about this highly acclaimed surgeon was more than he ever imagined.
The very first question Mr. Callahan asked was about what motivated Saad Saad to become a doctor. Born in Palestine in the 40’s, he was subjected to a time of turmoil in his home country. When the state of Israel was solidified, it caused many Palestinians to be relocated. While his father was away at work, Saad Saad and his mother and siblings were asked to board a boat quickly. They were taken to the West Bank, and later they were moved to Kuwait where his father would be able to get a job as a petroleum mechanic.
Once Saad and his brother were old enough to work, they found jobs in construction in the city of Kuwait. Working in the heat and sun, he was unable to withstand the brutal temperatures. As a result, he suffered a heat stroke, and considered that the only place he could work with air condition in Kuwait was the operating room in the hospital. It was then that he decided he would become a surgeon, and he began working toward his goal upon graduating from high school.
Saad Saad was determined to become a pediatric surgeon, and set his sights on a profession he most likely never thought was possible. He came from a family that wasn’t wealthy, and at the time, he had no idea or prospects of any high paying jobs. He ultimately graduated from medical school with honors, making his family proud.
The conversation that Mr. Callahan had during the interview, regarding Dr. Saad Saad advice was enlightening. One day determined the course of his career, and the good doctor also told Mr. Callahan that if you want to do something you shouldn’t wait until tomorrow to do it. He believed this fully, becoming extremely efficient with his time. His strong work ethic and time management skills were beneficial for his career in medicine. Learn more : https://medium.com/@dr1saadsaad