Dr. John Saad, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat •  Male • Age 67
  
Dr. Saad

Sc - Rancho Bernardo

15004 Innovation Dr San Diego, CA 92128

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Dr. John Saad, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in San Diego, CA and has over 41 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Saad has more experience with Upper Respiratory Conditions and Otologic Care than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Amer U Beirut medical school in 1979. He is affiliated with Scripps Green Hospital. He is not accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Saad to book an appointment.


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Stay away! He is short tempered and a bully. One might put up with this if he was exemplary in his field, but believe me he is not.
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Apr 28, 2020
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Terrible. Bully, dismisive, rude. Run!
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Oct 17, 2019
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I had seen Dr. Saad for over 20 years. In the past, perhaps before Scripps Clinic compressed their doctors' schedules, he was consistently nice, caring, jovial, and excellent as a ENT doctor. In the past couple of years (2018 - 2019), his demeanor has been more unpredictable. When I read some of the 2-star and 3-star reviews about how he does not listen, does not care (though he does care), is rude, etc., that is what I have been experiencing as well. I have decided after over two decades of being his patient to switch to another ENT specialist (with consistent 5-star) reviews, and I will see how that goes. It is sad. But I need a doctor who listens and communicates with me rather than at me. Techinically, I am sure he is an excellent doctor; however, his bedside manner has changed over the years.
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Old Mac – Aug 23, 2019
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I think Dr. Saad doesn't realize that in trying to ferret out reasons for stuffy nose and one event in which I had true difficulty breathing through nose, that he comes across as an overbearing and insulting interrogator. He advised me, that if I came back, to bring someone with me. That's not likely.
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May 24, 2019
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I feel so much better reading everyone else's reviews because this visit was abysmal. He didn't listen to a word I said, interrupted me, berated me for not giving him the answers he apparently wanted. I had to have a nurse in the room with me because I was in tears. I just needed help for my symptoms and he treated me like garbage. Then before I left, he tried to talk me out of getting the test I needed because "most people are fine but you have a sensitive personality so you won't be." He is a disgrace to the Scripps network.
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May 17, 2019
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Rude and unprofessional. Should never be allowed to practice and continue to hurt patients. Shame on Scripps to have him on your staff.
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San Diego – Jun 08, 2018
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Rude,Arrogantand he shouldn't be allowed to practice. Please do not refer him to anyone. He doesn't care about his patients.
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Susan Bonne – Aug 24, 2017
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Very gentle man...concerned about my ear procedure and successful.
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Barbara Swanson – Jul 27, 2017
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Dr. Saad was rude & dismissive to me my first visit. Then he saved my life & my smile. I had a pharyngeal abscess & needed surgery. Dr Saad said it would take 20 minutes & that the incision would be in my neck, & there was a chance I would not smile again. Due to infection, my jaw was locked, so through clenched teeth & tears, I told him I had 2 babies that had to see me smile again. He took 2 hours to pry my mouth open & operate through there instead of my neck. He saved my smile & my life too!
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May 17, 2017
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My experience has been very different. Dr. Saad would not be the Division Chief of Head and Neck Surgery and Otologie at Scripps, if any of those extremely negative reviews were justified. Dr. Saad is a friendly, calm, competent, and highly experienced surgeon. In all my meetings with D. Saad (pre-op, surgery of deviated septum, post-op), I was impressed. He gave easy to understand, common sense instructions, and everything went as planned. Dr. Saad has my full trust and I highly recommend him.
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Peter Buerki in San Diego, CA – Jan 15, 2017
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This man should not be allowed to practice on living beings. Like others, I saw him for a small and benign issue. He described it both pre and post surgery as a small pimple in my tongue. Yet he managed to sever the main muscle in my tongue. Yes he deformed my tongue severely. He would not explain his error and instead gave me painful cortisone shots in the area, perhaps hoping they'd perform a miracle. Also I now understand this is medically dangerous to give so many cortisone shots so quickly.
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NurseJackie in San Diego, CA – May 17, 2016
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Yes, this man shames his patients, hurts them, has offensive breath and should not be in practice. I have had to live with the damage he did to me a number of years back.
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Ester in San Diego, CA – May 15, 2016
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He is extremely overpriced. He is also, very condescending and rude. He has no bedside manner. I have a bad gag reflex and he placed an instrument up my nose and down my throat. I was in horrible pain and visibly upset. Instead of removing the instrument he continued. He made me feel ashamed for being in pain and upset. Do not go to this doctor. He is not worth the cost.
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Nina B in San Diego, CA – May 08, 2016
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Beginning was nice but during the appointment he poked my ear so hard I jumped out of my seat never apologizing for it. Arrogant and not sensitive to patients. Will never return to him.
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Michael in San Diego, CA – Apr 08, 2016
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Arrogant and dismissive of my concern.
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Jan 22, 2016
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Very attentive, knowledgable and professional.
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Nado Mom in San Diego CA – Dec 21, 2015
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Biography

Dr. John Saad, MD is a Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist in San Diego, CA and has over 41 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Saad has more experience with Upper Respiratory Conditions and Otologic Care than other specialists ...

Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications

Education

1987
U Calif San Diego Med Ctr
Residency Hospital
1984
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Fellowship Hospital
1981
Good Samaritan Hospital
Residency Hospital
1979
Amer U Beirut
Medical School

Languages

  • French
  • English

Awards

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Dr. Saad accepts the following insurance:

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Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
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Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
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Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
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EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
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Practice Areas

Upper Respiratory Conditions

Upper respiratory specialists diagnose and treat conditions such as infections, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and whooping cough (pertussis) that affect the upper part of the respiratory system, including the nasal passages, larynx, and lungs.

Typically treats 80% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Chronic Sinusitis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Saad treats Chronic Sinusitis more than 93% of their peers

Dr. Saad treats this condition more than 93% of their peers

Sinusitis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Saad treats Sinusitis more than 90% of their peers

Dr. Saad treats this condition more than 90% of their peers

Acute Sinusitis
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Saad treats Acute Sinusitis more than 69% of their peers

Dr. Saad treats this condition more than 69% of their peers

Otologic Care

Otolgic care is s subspecialty of otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) that focuses on symptoms and conditions of the ear, including hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness and infections.

Typically treats 56% more than their peers

Based on claims data for 8 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Tinnitus
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Saad treats Tinnitus more than 90% of their peers

Dr. Saad treats this condition more than 90% of their peers

Deafness
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Saad treats Deafness more than 66% of their peers

Dr. Saad treats this condition more than 66% of their peers

Vertigo
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Saad treats Vertigo more than 65% of their peers

Dr. Saad treats this condition more than 65% of their peers

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Dr. Saad's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Upper Respiratory Infection
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Caldwell-Luc Procedure
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Cough
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Deafness
  • Deformities of Auricle or Pinna
  • Deviated Septum
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Loss of Smell and-or Taste
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Puncture Aspiration
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sore Throat
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Tear Duct Surgery
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp

Locations

Practice

Sc - Rancho Bernardo15004 Innovation Dr San Diego, CA 92128
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Scripps Hospital and Clinics

Scripps Hospital and Clinics10666 N Torrey Pines Rd La Jolla, CA 92037
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