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Cardiologist Andre Saad receives national award
Cardiologist Andre Saad, MD, with Ascension Medical Group Via Christi, has received the Community Commitment Early Clinician National Award.
The first-year award, given to a physician under the age of 40 who exemplifies the essential behaviors for building community that flow from Ascension's mission, vision and values, was presented by Baligh Yehia, MD, Ascension Medical Group president. It was one of three national awards for Community Commitment given at a recent virtual presentation.
"Dr. Saad has a ready smile and provides an environment of joy and calmness," said Philip Newlin, MD, chief clinical officer for Ascension Medical Group Via Christi. "When challenges arise, he presents patient-centered solutions."
Dr. Newlin says routinely adds patients in acute distress to his already busy day and when needed works with other specialists to ensure a good patient experience, adding, "If a pulmonologist determines a patient needs a cardiac evaluation, Dr. Saad often will make time to see the patient that day."
Dr. Saad joined Ascension Medical Group Via Christi in 2015 after completing his residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and his fellowship training at the University of Louisville.
A "people person," Dr. Saad says he chose a career in medicine because he finds no greater joy than helping a sick patient, which is evident in the way he cares for his patients and interacts with his peers.
"Dr. Saad truly cares for those we serve and those who serve beside him," says Newlin, noting that Dr. Saad was quick to give credit to his team in accepting the award.
His patients agree.
"Dr. Saad is a very thoughtful caring person," wrote one woman in a letter to the clinic describing the care her husband received. "His concern for my husband before he passed was genuine and compassionate. His concern for me at appointments was always looking out for me and my wellbeing. He is a fantastic physician, but more importantly is a wonderful human.”
His patients routinely say they will do whatever he asks because he saved their life, Dr. Newlin noted. "He allows the patients to make choices for themselves, but is honest. He will ask them what milestones they want to achieve, which is why he is so successful in getting patients to modify their lifestyle in order to improve their health."