Fouad Sattar, M.D.
"I am absolutely grateful to love my job so much. It is the best thing one can hope for ... every day, every morning, I am happy to go to see my friends. It is enriching to me to have a relationship like this with the patient."
Dr. Fouad Sattar was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. He wanted to be a doctor ever since he can remember. In fact, as a little boy, he was known among his family and friends as "the little doctor." The more he learned as he got older, the more fascinated he became with the human body.
Dr. Sattar earned his medical degree from Cairo University in 1966 and received his initial training in Cairo and Great Britain. He ran a large fertility clinic at Guy’s Hospital Medical School in London and the London Hospital Medical School, where he was working as a lecturer in OBGYN, which inspired the special interest he has today in fertility medicine. He also developed a particular interest in ultrasonography and gynecological cancers. He moved here with his wife in 1977. He held various teaching and consulting positions at Ellis Hospital and Albany Medical College, where he held a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology, and rose to the rank of Clinical Professor. He joined the staff of St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady in 1979 as the Director of the OB/GYN Educational Program, a position he still holds. He is also currently the vice chief of the medical-dental staff at St. Clare’s, and a professor of clinical OB/GYN at Albany Medical College.
In his current role, Dr. Sattar is responsible for the overall teaching and supervision of the training of the OB/GYN residents, Family Practice residents and medical students.
"We have an excellent program at St. Clare’s and I thoroughly enjoy teaching and training them, in addition to medical students at Albany Medical Center."
"I teach my residents to be good physicians, not just good ‘m.d.’s. We can all excel and be proficient in the science, which is the definition of ‘m.d.’ But a physician is a healer. You need a lot more to be a physician. You need to know to hold the hand to comfort the patient. Treat the patient as you would like to be treated … as a friend."
Dr. Sattar’s bedside manner and expertise have earned him many honors and awards including, most recently, the distinguished Kay and Hans Rozendaal Health and Community Service Award in 2004. This award is given to a person who significantly benefits the positive quality of life and availability of health and human services to people in the Schenectady community. He has twice received the Teacher of the Year Award from Albany Medical College OB/GYN residents and Family Practice residents at St. Clare’s, and has also received the "Spirit of Healing Award" from St. Clare’s Hospital in 2002.
Dr. Sattar is certified by the American Board of OB/GYN, and is fluent in English, Arabic, French and Welsh. He has been published in several national and international medical journals. Dr. Sattar is a fellow and member of national and international Medical Societies including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, The American Medical Association, the Schenectady County Medical Society (president), the American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, the American Society for Laproscopic Surgery, the European Society for Human Reproductive Embrilogists, and The Royal Society of Medicine.
"To see the birth ... the miracle ... it still fascinates me after all of these years. Seeing a little human coming out fully formed. It makes the job interesting and rewarding. It takes away the tiredness of getting called in at three or four in the morning. Once you see the miracle in front of you, you forget about all of that. It is one of the most beautiful moments, always ... to share those moments with the patients is special to me."
Dr. Sattar and his wife are the proud parents of three grown daughters, and share their home with a dog and two cats. Travel is their favorite pastime, bringing them everywhere from "down under" and Sweden to Santa Barbara, California (which is one of their favorite places in the U.S.). Dr. Sattar loves photography, and Arabic and French literature and art. On occasion, you might also see Dr. Sattar on a golf course.