Dr. Saad Saad, once the Co-Medical Director of the Hovnanian Children’s Hospital says that research leads to results. Born in Palestine, and one of eight children, worked hard to earn honors while earning his medical degree. Working through his residency in surgery and pediatric surgery, Dr. Saad learned that research was the key to practicing medicine. His belief translated into two inventions that he created specifically for pediatric surgery. What kind of experience does this surgeon have?
Having performed numerous complex surgeries on children, Dr. Saad was seeking ways to improve outcomes as well as reduce complications with those procedures. He currently has to patented inventions, and along the way he has also developed new procedures for the benefit of his pediatric patients. Dr. Saad’s dedication shines through, along with his willingness and desire to see his patients get well. He has completed eight medical missions to Jerusalem, ensuring that poor children were able to receive the benefits of his most complicated surgical procedures for free.
Prior to his retirement, he was not only the Co-Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital at the Hackensack Meridian Health Care System, but he was also the Surgeon-in-Chief. Dr. Saad always knew that he wanted to go into the medical profession, but the decision felt more firm while attending his high school in Kuwait. He had believed that he wanted to go into the field of engineering like his brothers, but that later changed when he realized that working in the heat daily with such hot temperatures was something he felt he was unable to do.
Becoming a doctor was the first decision, but becoming a surgeon was the second major decision he made about his profession. Once the decision had been made, Dr. Saad knew that he would need a professional mentor to help him make more decisions about his career. He chose to work with the greatest pediatric surgeon known in the United States, Dr. H Biemann Othersen. What he learned from his mentor was much more than about treating the patient, it was about treating the person.
It is no surprise that Dr. Saad is now one of the most highly regarded pediatric surgeons in history today. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/saad-saad
Around twenty-seven years ago, in Grand Rapids, in 1991, an idea was presented about a sports and convention center being built in the north of downtown. A man, Dick DeVos, who at the time was on his way to becoming CEO of his family’s business, Amway Corp., didn’t like this one bit and began to lobby against it. DeVos’ concern about the construction stemmed from a high likelihood of it negatively effecting the downtown of Grand Rapids as he had seen a similar situation occur before and didn’t want it to happen again, this time to his birth city.
The tireless campaigning DeVos did to prevent the sports arena from being built out of the confines of the central business area ended up forming Grand Action, which was a team of leaders in business who wholeheartedly supported the erecting of Michigan State University medical school, the Van Andel arena, the Grand Rapids city market, the DeVos Place convention center, and the DeVos Performance Hall.
The building of those structures have been said to be the reason for changing the skyline of Grand Rapids.
Dick and his wife Betsy have both spent a long time trying to change policies and institutions. They are donors to the GOP, and their influence politically has made differences in state laws that affect labor and education.
The Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, from 1989 to 2015, was reported to have given a total of $138.7 million dollars to programs like art and culture, churches, health and human services, and more.
Dick DeVos was born as Richard Marvin DeVos, Jr, on October 21, 1955, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the son of Richard Marvin DeVos and Helen June, née Van Wesep.
Even as a child growing up, DeVos was active in his family’s business, Amway. He and his brother worked almost as attendants, doing anything from cleaning up to helping with guests.
DeVos attended Forest Hills public school, and later on, he graduated from Northwood University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In addition to this, DeVos has not only been given honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University, Northwood University, Grove City College, but recognition for being a distinguished alumni from Northwood University as well.
DeVos married his wife, Elizabeth Dee née Prince, known as Betsy, in 1980. She is the current Secretary of Education in the US. The couple have 4 children. Learn more: http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/