The Passion of One Pediatric Surgeon Results in Saving Lives

Dr. Saad Saad, one of the most successful pediatric surgeons in history took the time to work on developing life saving procedures for his young patients. Although he is now retired, he dedicated himself fully to his career over the last 47 years. What set Dr. Saad apart from other pediatric surgeons?


Dr. Saad was determined to find ways to improve existing procedures. He was focused on finding ways to make his young patients more comfortable while solving the problem. He knew that if he could make procedures minimally invasive, pain would also be reduced as well. These two areas of focus were the key for Dr. Saad finding a pathway to quicker recovery for his patients. In his mind, kids were meant to be up and about, playing and not laying in a hospital bed. Improving procedures to make them less invasive and painful would make this happen.


Another way in which Dr. Saad made a difference, was by finding a better way to locate a medical catheter once inside the patient’s body. Oftentimes, catheters would be placed in a certain location to aid in the delivery of medicines to the patient, or to drain certain types of fluids. Prior to a surgery, the doctors would need to locate the exact position and point of the catheter. Traditionally, these are round with X-ray guidance or with the help of MRI machines. These two methods can expose patients to radiation, and they can also be costly. Learn more:


Dr. Saad set out on a mission to make this process easier for both the patient and doctor, while making it less expensive. Through his continued effort and dedication he was able to develop a device that would aid in locating the catheter in the patient’s body. Additionally, when doctors need to place a catheter into the patient’s body, they need to be able to track the exact location. With his device, it was now easier for doctors to track the exact location of the catheter, making it easier to place it into the proper position for procedures.


Dr. Saad was born in Palestine, and spend some of his life in Kuwait prior to coming to the United States to study medicine. Dr. Saad is known for his inventions created for use in pediatric surgery, as well as his work in medical missions, helping children get medical care that would not be able to afford it otherwise.

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