It is always prestigious to be a pediatric surgeon, but when you get a chance to serve a royal family in the same position it becomes something else altogether. This is exactly what happened to Dr. Saad Saad in the 1980’s. Having served as a senior pediatric surgeon in various hospitals in the United States, Dr. Saad Saad one day received a call that would become a turning point of his career as a pediatric surgeon. He was asked to go and work for the Saudi Royal family, an opportunity that Saad Saad grabbed immediately.
Why would a pediatric surgeon from New Jersey be asked to work for the Saudi Royal family? Someone would have asked. Nonetheless, there were two major reasons as to why Saad got the golden chance to work for the Saudi Royal family. The reason is that Dr. Saad Saad had at one point live in Riyadh with his family for more than four years and secondly he was the only board-certified pediatric surgeon in the United States that could fluently speak both English and Arabic.
Professional and educational background
It is uncommon for just any surgeon to be asked to work for a royal family in Saudi Arabia. Saad’s education, as well as upbringing, had a lot to do with him being selected by the Royal family to work for them. Saad Saad came from a family of eight – three of which are surgeons, two Master Degree in Engineering, two PhDs and a teacher. He went to Cairo University for his medical degree where he emerged as the second best student with honors. After his studies, he proceeded to England for an internship program before moving to the United States.
Serving both the rich and the poor
When he got to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Saad was asked to work at King Faisal Specialist Hospital where he would perform all types of operations from the simplest to the most complex. Although the hospital mainly serves the Saudi Royal Family, royals from Bahrain, the Persian Gulf, and the UAE also came to be treated. The hospital also serves the less privileged in Saudi Arabia with complex surgical problems.
Dr. Saad Saad’s family in Saudi Arabia
Dr. Saad Saad has been married for 42 years and has been blessed with four children – two of which are surgeons, a lawyer, and an ICU nurse. All their children were still young when he was working in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Saad and his wife were much aware of the impact the move to Saudi Arabia would have on their children and they thought about it before accepting the job. They were supposed to stay in Saud Arabia for only a year but decided to extend their stay for a number of years for the sake of their children’s education. Learn more: https://www.meridianhealth.com/location/meridian-faculty-pediatric-surgery-eatontown/index.aspx