Marc Saad, M.D., FASN: A Macon Kidney Specialist on a Mission
By Clarence Thomas, Jr.; CEO/Communications Director, Visionary Communications
Since Dr. Marc Saad was a youngster in his native country of Lebanon in the Middle East, he knew he wanted to help people as a professional someday. He was granted that chance and is doing just that as a member of Physician Consultants of Georgia in Macon.
Saad’s specialty is nephrology, a medical practice that concerns itself with the functions, diseases and treatment of the kidneys. His credentials are extensive and includes a medical degree from Lebanese University in Lebanon; a residency in internal medicine in Staten Island University Hospital in New York and a fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. In addition, Saad has conducted many research projects and published in national and internationally renowned journals about the treatment of kidney diseases; and was entitled as a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology. This background got the attention of Physician Consultants of Georgia head Dr. Reuben K. Ellis and resulted in the successful recruitment of Saad last September. “I love working with Dr. Ellis. Because like him, I saw the need to help provide a higher level of strategic patient care,” Saad shared recently. “I’m really enjoying what I do.” “Our practice is based on the belief that our patients’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs,” says Ellis.
What Saad does is focus on the prevention of kidney disease and tracking its progression if a patient’s kidneys have been compromised. He says the kidneys are vital to good health because they help the body maintain its balance. The benefits are great since healthy kidneys ensure proper waste (urine) elimination, healthy bones and proper blood flow. “When the kidneys are in trouble, our team strives to offer world class treatments as we stay up to date to all innovations in treating kidney disease,” he said. Saad adds that the practice contemplates dialysis as a last resort treatment when the kidneys fail to maintain a healthy balanced environment to the body. He says Dialysis is a replacement of kidney function and a life-saving treatment to provide patients a better quality of life and an increased chance of survival. “I have a lot of passion for patients on dialysis and with kidney disease. I really enjoy treating and getting to know my patients better,” Saad said.
Physician Consultants of Georgia offers a host of services. They include hypertension, diabetes, anemia and chronic kidney disease management. Their goal is, through a team of highly skilled healthcare providers, to focus on providing superior treatment and excellent patient satisfaction according to their web site. Saad is pleased with his decision to join Ellis’ team. He says it gives him a chance to fulfill a longtime dream of helping people with through a unique platform. “I really wanted to help others. It’s a passion I enjoy doing every day,” he added. His focus on his patients’ well-being has earned him high marks with them he revealed. To him he’s treating the whole person, not just the disease. “It’s very important to look at the person who has the disease and not only the disease the patient has” said Saad. “We listen to our patients and we adjust our treatment plans to fit the patient’s needs and life style. We strive to offer personalized medicine”
The practice’s goals are not limited to treat kidney disease, but also to emphasize the importance of screening as it nurtures a culture for prevention of kidney diseases in the society. “Taking care of the kidneys is very important and overlooked by society in general”, he said. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle works wonders insist Saad. One of the ways this can be done is through developing or maintaining good dietary habits. For instance, consuming less meat and incorporating more fish, vegetables and fruits into meals is a gamechanger because meat contains more acids, which contribute negatively to good kidney health. And replacing alcohol with healthier choices like water and juice is a winner too says Saad.
He would know. Quiet as it’s kept, the 33-year-old Macon based bachelor knows his way around the kitchen. Saad’s culinary skills are good he admits, and he tries to practice what he preaches to patients. He uses no butter and opts for olive oil instead. His preference is baked food rather than fried food. And his plates are usually veggie heavy following some time in front of the stove. Cooking is his classroom as well and he transfer his experiences at home to his patients.
Find out more about Marc Saad, M.D, FASN and Physicians Consultants of Georgia by visiting www.midtownprofessional.com. Dr. Saad can be reached directly by calling 478-250-1328.