CHOC Children’s wants its referring physicians to get to know its specialists. Today, meet Dr. Saeed Awan, a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon.
Q: What is your education and training?
A: I attended medical school at Khyber Medical College, in Pakistan. I completed my surgery residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador, in Canada. I also completed two surgery fellowships, one at Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Edinburgh, in United Kingdom, and another at Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, in Canada.
Q: What are your special clinical interests?
A: All aspects of pediatric and neonatal surgery, especially minimal invasive surgery. I also have expertise in liver and bile duct surgery and special interest in gastroschisis sutureless closure.
Q: How many years have you been on staff at CHOC?
A: Three and a half years.
Q: What are your most common diagnoses?
A: Inguinal and umbilical hernias, hydroceles, undescended testis, appendicitis, lumps and bumps, as well as complex congenital pediatric and neonatal conditions.
Q: Are there any new programs or developments within your specialty (at CHOC or in the broader field)?
A: I am leading the pediatric surgery outreach office at CHOC Children’s Health Center, Corona. We have seen gradual increase in referrals.
In the broader field, there has been remarkable advancement in minimally-invasive surgical procedures with similar or better results than open surgical procedures.
Q: What would you most like community/referring providers to know about you/your division at CHOC?
A: We are group of dedicated and highly-trained pediatric surgeons who strive to provide excellent care to our patients. We make sure both parents and the patients are involved in the decision making. Being a father of four children, I treat my patients as I would like to have my own children treated.
In addition to our common surgical conditions, I treat complex neonatal and gastrointestinal conditions.
Q: What inspires you most about the care being delivered here at CHOC?
A: I’m inspired by our CHOC physicians, our excellent nursing and support staff, our wide range of subspecialists, as well as our state-of-the-art facility.
In our specialty, we meet a lot of children and the smile on their and their parents’ faces after they have recovered from surgery, makes me very happy.
Q: Why did you decide to become a pediatric surgeon?
A: I decided to become a pediatric surgeon when I was a third-year medical student. Pediatric general surgery is a field where you are able to take care of sick kids with a wide variety of surgical diseases. Although pediatric surgery is very challenging, it is very rewarding.
Q: If you weren’t a physician, what would you be and why?
A: I might have been a pilot as I like travel.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
A: Travel, soccer and spending time with my children.