Dr. Saad Saad: Working to Improve Pediatric Surgery

Born in Palestine and raised in Kuwait, Dr. Saad Saad is a pediatric surgeon who has truly changed how pediatric surgery is completed. He obtained his medical degree from Cairo University and graduated with honors. After completing his residency in England, Dr. Saad Saad decided to immigrate to the United States and since then his career has taken him around the globe and given him many chances to make his mark in pediatric surgery.


His peers know him as not only an accomplished pediatric surgeon that has completed more surgeries over the course of his career then what he can count, but also an innovator in the field. Over the course of his time in the field, he has worked tirelessly to not only complete successful surgeries, but to also invent instruments and procedures that make the field of pediatric surgery safer. His endless work has led him to create and actually patent two medical inventions.


The first medical invention that Dr. Saad Sadd patented is a catheter with an integral electromagnetic location identification device attached to it. He decided to try to invent such as device in order to be able to locate a catheter within an individual, without having to use a scanning machine. His invention works by using energy that is electromagnetic to figure out the location of a catheter that is within the body. An external locating device is scanned over the patient’s body and when this device is over the area in which the catheter with electromagnetic technology is located, the light on the locating device lights up and thus the doctor knows exactly where the catheter is located. Some colleagues have compared this invention to a metal detector, but it does allow for quicker finding of a catheter and prevents patients from having to undergo extra X-rays or MRI scans.


Dr. Saad Saad’s second patented device is an apparatus that allows an endoscope to remain in place while suctioning and irrigation occurs. Endoscopes are used to look at the interior of the body through a tube that is attached to a camera; however, oftentimes the camera gets covered with bodily liquids which hinders the view. The solution that Dr. Saad Saad came up with was to convert a part of the endoscope into a suctioning device. So, basically now if the view is blocked by fluids, then the physician can use suction to clear the area and improve the view.


Dr. Saad Saad will be known as a pioneer in pediatric surgery. Not only did he seek to serve his patients, he also wanted to overall improve the field of pediatric surgery. He has so far been able to do this and his expertise is still often sought out by other pediatric surgeons. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saad-saad-524707159/