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Co-Medical Director Dr. Saad Saad Retires from Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

Dr. Saad Saad is a man of remarkable talents and renown achievements. For over 40 years, as a pediatric and thoracic surgeon within the medical profession, Dr. Saad Saad made it his daily mission to dedicate his time and medical expertise to service the surgical needs of the youth. From infants to teenagers, he is recognized for having performed thousands of surgeries on patients within the state of New Jersey—practice being primarily based out of Eatontown, NJ and Forked River, NJ. Within the course of his work, he became affiliated with several medical facilities in the region including Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch Campus. Nevertheless, in addition to the operations he carried out upon the local youth, Dr. Saad also extended his health services to poor and disadvantaged children during his Medical Missions in Jerusalem.


During a recent interview, Dr. Saad’s true character and integrity managed to be captured—revealing how his combination of an extensive educational background and medical feats inevitably prompted him to become not only the Surgeon-in-Chief, but the Co-Medical Director of the Hovnanian Children’s hospital prior to his retirement. In the interview, when asked about the start of his ambition to become a medical professional to help others, Dr. Saad related how his interest was sparked as child by the influence of professionalism within his family.


Although having been born in Palestine, Dr. Saad Saad was raised in Kuwait as a child and as fate would have it so, he was one eight children who all sought after an education to successfully become working professionals with the field of medicine, engineering, and teaching. Dr. Saad graduated from Cairo University School of Medicinewith his medical degree and completed his internship in England. Following his internship, he came to the United States where he developed his practice of specialty in general and thoracic surgery. Over the years, Dr. Saad’s expertise in the medical field enabled him to manifest a lifetime of achievements.


As an American Board of Surgery certified surgeon, Dr. Saad’s was able to patent two inventions and create new pediatric procedures via publications. In addition to this, he also received a host of other awards and honors for his outstanding service including the AAP Fellow and the ACS Fellow.


According to Dr. Saad in the interview, he firmly believes in the importance of research and how research always manages to contribute to results. All developments within the field of medicine stem from research and as related by Saad, research within the field of genetics greatly impacts everyone in society because in being able to research and understand a disease, both doctors and scientists are able to help prevent and cure the chronic ailments that so many people suffer from. Learn more:


CTRMA: Improving Transportation In Austin Since 2002

Williamson County Growth Summit was held a few months ago at the Sheraton Texas Hotel. The main agenda was on the transportation challenges that the suburbs in the area would face in the future. The panel comprised of various stakeholders in the region’s transportation system including Leandre Johns, external affairs director for Uber, Mike Heiligenstein, Executive Director of CTRMA, Joseph Kopser, the founder of RideScout, and Jared Ficklin from ArgoDesign.


Heiligenstein noted that technology would eventually play a significant role in the future especially with the inception of autonomous cars and carpooling apps. He said that the current infrastructure could not handle the growing population in the area. There was a need for more roads. He also said roads needed to be smarter so that they could offer a better experience to drivers. Ficklin also pointed out that the current land and building codes in the area would have to be updated to facilitate the setting up of parking spaces. This is because autonomous vehicles would not need a lot of parking space and the current codes do not accommodate this.


The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority was founded in 2002. Heiligenstein has served as its Executive Director since it was started. CTRMA has been tasked to develop efficient transportation systems in the area which include seaports and roads.


There are close to a million empty seats on cars every day according to data. The authority realized that they would have to fill these positions to decongest the roads. They partnered with Carma, a carpooling app which will help people to share rides. They are also working on an app that will recommend alternative routes to drivers based on traffic data.


The Urban Mobility Scorecard suggested that people should be encouraged to use alternative means of transport such as walking and cycling. That is why CTRMA has set up dedicated pathways for cyclists and pedestrians alongside the projects that they have established. One of the principal causes of traffic on the roads is vehicles that have minor breakdowns. This is why CTRMA started HERO. This is a service that provides assistance to motorists who have minor issues with their cars. CTRMA is focused on developing smart roads. They are already adding fiber cables to a few roads such as the 183 South Project.


Mike Heiligenstein worked at Williamson County for two decades as a public official before joining CTRMA. He is the president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, and a member of the board of some transportation committees.



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