News reports remind us daily of suffering and conflict in the Palestine region, challenging us to stay concerned and compassionate when an endless stream of news never seems to be “good news”. Dr Saad Saad reminds us that there are people that live within these borders- within every geographical border- that are the same inside, with the same potential for greatness. Dr Saad Saad, now retired, was by trade a Palestinian born pediatric surgeon. His many accomplishments are too numerous to list but his career took him from a role as a personal surgeon to the Saudi royal family to a role as the co-medical director at the K Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in New Jersey. An extraordinary man, Stephen Callahan interviewed the doctor and details inspirational advice Dr. Saad offered in his article, “Life Lessons From Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon”.
The amazing thing about the advice that Dr. Saad offers is the simplicity, rules that will have holistic ramifications over one’s life but are also easily accessible maxims for anyone. Lesson number one entails a person having unwavering focus on ones goals and not giving up. As example, Dr Saad tells the story of the day he decided to become a pediatric surgeon. Though he was a Palestinian refugee in Kuwait, he decided as a high-schooler that he wanted to be a pediatric surgeon. Though his class and background might not have primed him for such a career, once his mind was set he had unwavering focus and nothing could deter him from this goal.
The second piece of life advice that Dr. Saad offers is that people employ will power and drive to their day-to-day lives. The surgeon is no procrastinator and believes that each day should be maximized for efficiency without putting off goals and tasks for another day. He saw a problem in a surgical procedure that an operation required two incisions, exposing a child to further exposure and risk, and he developed a new technique that eliminated one of those incisions. This new application of procedure was applied over two-thousand times. Because Dr. Saad lived with the expectation for himself that he should pursue goals with impeccable immediacy his inspiration was not merely an idea that would just languish and disappear, but one that would become immediate improvements in a child’s life.
Ideas that seem like pipe dreams could become achievable goals if we apply unwavering focus and maximize each day for working towards our desired outcomes. This couplet of advice offers inspiration to everyone. Dr. Saad Saad is proud of his humble origins and is example of a person that could achieve career and personal success through smart and focus driven passion in their career. Learn more : https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md