Dr. Saad Saad and His Medical Missions

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Dr. Saad Saad is an accomplished pediatric surgeon based in Eatontown, New Jersey. He has had a highly successful career in bringing expertise and innovation to the medical field. His skill has attracted the attention of other doctors, humanitarian groups, and even that of the Saudi Royal Family, leading Dr. Saad to perform surgery for a large number of patients during his career.

 

Three Surgeries on Palestine Children in the U.S.

In 2002, Dr. Saad was approached by the PCRF (Palestine Children’s Relief Fund). The PCRF is a non-political, non-profit organization that was founded in 1991 to help address the medical needs of Arab children in the Middle East. The organization needed a doctor to perform surgery on a 15-year-old child who suffered a gunshot wound in the West Bank. The doctors at a local Israeli hospital saved the child’s life, but his injuries were too complicated to be further treated locally. The PCRF, as a result, found Dr. Saad and flew the child to the United States to have surgery.

Dr. Saad indeed described the 15-year-old to be in dire condition when he arrived in the United States. The boy had holes in his belly from the gunshot, resulting in burning of his skin and trouble eating. In early 2003, Dr. Saad performed a complicated seven-hour surgery on the child, patching up the holes and repairing the internal injuries. The surgery went extremely well for the patient.

In May of 2010, Dr. Saad performed another surgery on a child from the West Bank—a girl born with her intestines exposed to the outside. For 18 months, the local doctors in Palestine struggled to help the child overcome her condition. The PCRF sent the girl to the US for Dr. Saad to perform surgery on her. Dr. Saad was able to create a “Fig leaf cover ” in layman’s terms, for the girl and cover up the entire exposed abdominal area. The surgery took five hours, but the end result helped the child greatly.

Then, in June of 2013, the PCRF approached Dr. Saad with another child in need of surgery. A boy from the Gaza Strip was hit by a bomb and had one of his legs paralyzed. The boy was a good soccer player before, but now he was confined to a wheelchair and could not move his paralyzed leg anymore. What the child needed was a nerve transplant  surgery to be able to move his paralyzed leg again. Since Dr. Saad himself is not a nerve doctor, he found a qualified surgeon and did everything to facilitate the boy receiving the best medical care possible. With the help of Dr. Saad, the boy received a nerve transplant in the U.S. and 11 months later walked to the airport on his own legs to play soccer in Gaza Strip.

 

Eight Medical Missions in Palestine

After the surgery that he performed on the child suffering from a bullet wound in 2003, Dr. Saad was asked by the PCRF to travel to Palestine and perform surgery locally. The organization was impressed with Dr. Saad’s skills and knew they could further use his help.

Dr. Saad first went to Palestine in May of 2008, taking a plane from Newark NJ to Tel Aviv and driving to the West Bank from there. His mission was to help the poor and underprivileged who could not afford to get medical help locally. He has since traveled to Palestine seven more times, in April of 2009 and 2010, June of 2010 and 2011, February of 2012, April of 2013, and May of 2015.

Dr. Saad outlined his three main reasons for personally traveling to Palestine:

1) Primarily, as mentioned above, Dr. Saad wanted to treat the underprivileged people who could not afford or have access to treatment otherwise. Dr. Saad wanted to bring the skills he has learned in the U.S. directly to Palestine with his medical missions.

2) Dr. Saad also wanted to pass down some of the skills he has learned during his career to the young Palestinian pediatric surgeons as well he trained them during all of his missions, to ensure they themselves can better help the locals after Dr. Saad departed. On Dr. Saad’s first trip in May of 2008, the local surgeons mainly observed him perform surgery, helping out with only a small part of the procedure. However, by May of 2015 during Dr. Saad’s last trip, the local surgeons performed the majority of the surgery themselves, leaving Dr. Saad to observe their performance and guide them to end with safe surgeries and good outcomes.

3) Lastly, Dr. Saad wanted to help the local Palestinian economy during his mission trips. Most countries don’t perform surgery for free. For example, when Palestinians travel to Israel for surgery, the cost of surgery is deducted from the taxes collected by Israel from Palestinian people on the behalf of Palestine. These taxes then go towards the Palestinian economy

The. U.S. and some European countries perform surgery for free, but the travel costs associated with moving patients there can be extremely expensive on their own. By performing surgery in Palestine and by training future local surgeons there, Dr. Saad could help patients and the government avoid paying for much of the treatment costs.

 

Awards

Dr. Saad has received two official awards for his efforts to help the people of Palestine. In 2010, the PCRF awarded Dr. Saad with the organization’s Humanitarian Award. Additionally, the Ministry of Health, Governer of Ramallah also presented him with an award for his humanitarian services.

Dr. Saad has also been recognized for his efforts by political leaders. In a surprise visit, after being told simply that he was going to be meeting with a VIP, Dr. Saad was received by the President of Palestine, Mr.Mahmoud Abbas, during his last  medical mission in 2015 . In addition to giving Dr Saad personal thanks he was given the  Gold Medal of Palestine for his work.

 

For more than 40 years, Dr. Saad Saad has performed complex pediatric surgeries in the United States and in the Middle East. He has helped train and educate future doctors in many communities, leading to improvements in the lives of children all over the world. Although he is now retired, his influence and his hard work continue to make a difference in the lives of patients.

34 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for sharing this nice article about Dr. Saad Saad.He done a nice job and accomplished pediatric surgeon based in Eatontown, New Jersey.

  2. Palestine is an absolute powder keg, and it’s incredible that there are doctors in the world who care deeply enough about the people there to go and make a difference. I could never do this myself I think, but I’m truly glad that Dr. Saad is the person he is.

    Maybe one day there will be peace in the middle east, but until then humanity has to do the best they can.

  3. This was such a positive and well thought out article.Wonderful work. Great project that he started.actually such kind of people is always our inspiration,we learn lot of things from their work.really they are our ideal for doing something good for humanity. thanks for sharing this thoughtful article.

  4. This is a very uplifting article. Dr. Saad did a wonderful service by treating the underprivileged people who could not afford surgery he also did a good thing by bringing the skills he has learned in the U.S. to Palestine with his medical missions. I hope others see him as an example and follow his lead

    2) Dr. Saad also wanted to pass down

  5. I think what he has devoted his life to is a very noble and kind mission to have. I believe the world would be a better place if more people were like Dr. Saad.

  6. I love this article. Dr. Saad really deserves an admiration not only for his humanitarian help to those poor children, but also for transmitting his knowledge and skills to those future doctors. It also helps with the reduction of costs by the governments of both countries. All my respect and admiration. Continue like this Dr. Saad.

  7. Dr. Saad’s reputation seems to be outstanding. The awards mentioned in this post don’t do justice for the service that he is providing to the children and families in the Middle East. Those areas are often underserved with medical resources to begin with. It seems that Dr. Saad has been the answer to many families’ prayers. There needs to be more focus on making sure that we have professionals that are capable of maintaining the correct medical care globally despite the social or economic situations that may lie. We’ve got to think about the children.

  8. Wow.. So nice and awesome article about Dr. Saad. Actually he is always my inspiration, I have learnt a lot of things from him. And Of course he has received novels for his efforts to help the people of Palestine. He is doing good for humanity. That’s awesome. Anyways, thanks for the interesting and awesome article. I really appreciate it.

  9. I find this article is a awesome,innovative.I have learned a lot from this article.Dr. Saad is an accomplished pediatric surgeon,I always admire him.His biography is inspiration for everyone.His work is very respectful.He is always ready to help everyone i must say.I think,there are so many thing to learn from his life.Thanks for sharing

  10. Good job and big thumbs up to Dr. Saad Saad! Your expertise has helped people in dire needs. No wonder you got an awards and you deserved it. Praying for more surgeons like you in the medical industry. It always gives me a nice feelings reading an article like this. People with a big heart always deserve a good credit. Thank you.

  11. This is very informative and well described. It’s easy to understand all the points being made about Saad’s mission. Everyone who cares about medical information should read this article. I have looked up to Saad for years now and will continue to follow him. I enjoyed it a lot and will share what I learned with all my friends.

  12. Dr. Saad can give other doctors some good tips. He helps children get surgeries they might not get if it wasn’t for him. People are getting to know him and searching him out because they know he is a good doctor and saving kids’ lives. It sound like he goes the extra mile.

  13. This article blew my eyes, as i started to tear and find out what an amazing person Dr Saad Saad is,specially when he cured the boy who had bullet holes in his body,his story would even influence more people to become doctors and this would motivate them to live a successful life such as Dr Saad Saad, this inspirational person and is not to be forgotten of and there are so many important points that selfish people in this world would learn and then be good people , thank you Dr Saad Saad for everything.

  14. The compassion that Dr. Saad has shown toward these wonderful children of Palestine is wonderful. He should be an inspiration for all of us. When you have the talent and skills to help others, you need to use those abilities whenever you can to help people in need. And this is especially important when you are a pediatric surgeon and you are helping children in need. Thanks for your beautiful soul.

  15. I think Dr. Saad is a Idol of the present world. his work for the palestine people of world mind it always. if world get some people like him then world will be make a paradise.

  16. This is an excellent article. I have learnt a lot of things from him. Dr. Saad did a wonderful service by treating the underprivileged people who could not afford surgery he also did a good thing by bringing the skills he has learned in the U.S. to Palestine with his medical missions

  17. Bless you, Dr Saad. I went on such a rant yesterday after reading how the Israeli snipers took out so many protesters in the Gaza Strip, protesters! Not army! by snipers!!!! It brings tears of happiness to see someone who is trying to help these people, wrongly held in hostage. Training these doctors to save children, not just doing surgeries, that’s such a dedication to bettering the world. gives me a little faith back.

  18. Great article about Dr. Saad Saad and His Medical Missions. Dr. Saad seems to be a very respected Dr with a kind heart with his work treating lower income people that need help. I hope others in the medical field see him as an great example and follow his lead helping underprivileged. People are getting to know Dr. Saad for his great acts of kindness he has demonstrated. Thanks for this informative article.

  19. This is an amazing article about Dr. Saad Saad. The surgeries he has performed in Palenstine were honorable. He deserves to be honored for his commitment to his passion and career. A kind-hearted individual that treated low income people and inspired many others in the medical field. He is a great example and one that people should follow.

  20. Inspiring! This article about Dr. Saad Saad greatly shows his immense kindness. It is amazing to me that he helped out these underprivileged children overcome their medical issues. He is truly changing lives. We need more people like him in this world!

  21. This story is truly inspirational. The amount of things that Dr. Saad Saad has done for the people living in poverty, especially the children is amazing. He has demonstrated such a generosity to the people, even though he gets nothing in return. I love people like him who do everything to better the world.

  22. As someone who is going to medical school with a passion to someday help people as well, this is definitely inspiring and something that I want to strive for in the future as well. I wish you the best of luck Dr. Saad in all of your endeavors and continue to change the world. I hope to make my own impact as well someday.

  23. Dr. Saad is such a great and respectable man, considering what he has done for the people he treats, as a good surgeon himself. I love how he has helped out countless amounts of people of diffeeent backgrounds and genders, and it just makes me so happy! Hope to see more of this man.

  24. Dr. Saad is great at what he does and has some fantastic education and operations to back his work. He is a great Doctor if you’re looking to have any kind of procedures done, and seems to be a very highly satisfying doctor. With the work of Dr. Saad the world becomes a better place, he is helping in communities greatly.

  25. This is a great article not only about Dr.Saad but about humanity and there are still some good people out there. At time when most of the news here in the states in negative we need more articles like this coming to light. Most dr’s like Dr.Saad don’t get the credit they deserve because most of their stories go untold.

  26. Dr Saad Saad is basically the robin hood of the medical industry working for the royal family and also helping low-end families. He has a lot of children and helped improve the lives of many people. He is a great role model and his rules for surgery shows his dedication in his work. People like this should be greatly admired

  27. Dr Saad Saad is basically the robin hood of the medical industry working for the royal family and also helping low-end families. He has a lot of children and helped improve the lives of many people. He is a great role model and his rules for surgery shows his dedication in his work. People like this should be greatly admired!

  28. I have seen videos on youtube of Dr Saad Saad, he is really very smart and informative. I would love to listen more to his ideas and hope to attend a lecture by him one day. Thank you for this amazing article, such useful information you presented here. If you could share more information about Dr. Saad that would be really appreciated

  29. What a guy! My mother is a doctor so I have always looked up to our medical professionals as heroes. It warms my heart that he is helping the people of Palestine. Perhaps one day after I finish years and years of school I can do the same! We need more doctors like Dr. Saad who don’t just care about the money.

  30. This is one of the Best article I came across after a longtime. Dr. Saad is a wonderful person, He is a true gem, he is very experience doctors. He is so many successful stories and his medical mission is Huge, The way he has helped Palestinians people is a Miracle

  31. Dr. Saad is a truly inspiring person. He truly cares about his patients and sacrifices his time to help children in under privileged regions. I am heartened by his desire to heal and his lack of desire for the money. He took time to not only help his patients but train doctor’s in the regions he visited so that they could help their patients once he had left.

    If only more people cared like Dr. Saad, the world would be a truly better place.

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