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Dr. Saad Saad

With over 40 years of experience, Dr. Saad is a board-certified pediatric surgeon who has helped save the lives of thousands of children. Dr. Saad holds an impressive list of achievements marked throughout his career and is among the most unique in his field. He is fluent in both Arabic and English and has invented and successfully patented two medical devices.


Saad Saad was born in Palestine and raised in Kuwait, a small country in the Middle East which borders Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Saad came from a poor family and was one of eight children and where he lived, Summer heat would peak to over 110 degrees. Saad had decided at an early age he wanted to work indoors as well as help people, which helped aid in his decision to become a surgeon. In 1965, Dr. Saad graduated at the top of his class with honors as Salutatorian from medical school in Cairo, Egypt. Reminded of his poor economic background, Dr. Saad knew he had to do his best in school to ensure a good future for his family. A year prior, Dr. Saad had successfully taken and passed the ECFMG exam in Lebanon, which allowed him to train in the United States after completing his medical education. Dr. Saad went on the become U.S. Board Certified in Pediatric Surgery and practiced in New Jersey. Dr. Saad held high positions at the hospital, K Hovnanian Children Hospital, as both the Surgeon-in-Chief and Co-Medical Director.


Nearly twenty years into his practice, Dr. Saad’s career took a turn that allowed him the opportunity of a lifetime–to serve as the pediatric surgeon of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Saad was not only a highly skilled and knowledgable surgeon but he was also the only U.S. Board Certified Surgeon to speak Arabic and English fluently. Saad moved his wife and children to Saudi Arabia where he not only performed complex surgeries on the Royal Family but to also of those in need. Dr. Saad contributed his skills for a little over four years in Saudi Arabia. He participated in four medical missions in the U.S. as well as eight other missions in Jerusalem and the West Bank to perform free surgeries to children of families whom could not afford it. It was important to Dr. Saad to give back to people not only because he himself grew up poor, but also because he’d learned from a mentor to be generous, hard-working and honest and to treat all people equally.


Dr. Saad has always strived to be the best surgeon he could be which in turn challenge traditional practice of medical procedures. Dr. Saad’s expertise allowed him to patent two inventions that helped improve the patient’s experience, a catheter with a tracking mechanism and a visual suction endoscope. After practicing for forty-two years, Dr. Saad retired and resides in Red Bank, NJ with his wife. Dr. Saad has four children, two whom are surgeons, one a ICU nurse and the other a lawyer. Dr. Saad reflects on his career as he remembers, “If a poor Palestinian refugee can make it and be successful in America, you can too! Work hard and persevere!” Learn more: https://doctor.webmd.com/doctor/saad-saad-md-3d5f8ce5-a764-4c86-b201-e50ec51cd7f2-overview

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