Dr. Fred Saad, MD, FRCS, is Professor and Chairman of Urology, and Director of Genitourinary Oncology at the University of Montreal Hospital Center.
Dr. Saad’s main research interests include novel therapies for advanced prostate cancer and molecular prognostic markers in prostate cancer.
Prostatepedia spoke with him about why he became a doctor.
Why did you become a doctor?
Dr. Fred Saad: I really never had a second choice. I was really quite young, and for some reason, I was attracted to medicine and caring for patients. It sounds ridiculous, but it started when I was eight years old. It’s a little weird for an eight year old to say that’s what he wants to do, but for some reason it was an obsession of mine. Fortunately, it worked out the way I had hoped because I never even thought about what else I could do in my life.
Like a calling?
Dr. Saad: I don’t know if it’s a calling or an attraction to the challenge of the human body and how it works, seeing if you can do something to improve people’s lives. At eight years old you really don’t know what you’re getting into. The older I got the more convinced I was that this was what I wanted to do. Fortunately, somebody accepted me into medical school. The rest is, as they say, history. Two out of my four kids have decided to become doctors, so my example wasn’t all bad I guess. One is already a doctor. One is starting medical school.
A family business.
Dr. Saad: I’m married to a doctor. So yes, I guess medicine is part of the family, part of us.