Wizard of robotic surgery from New York to Cyprus

Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery

Dr. DAVID B. SAMADI

SHORT DESCRIPTION

Dr. David B. Samadi, M.D. serves as Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital since June 6, 2013. Dr. Samadi was Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of Urology and Chief of the Division of Robotics in the Department of Urology of the Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Samadi is one of the nation’s leading urologic oncologists specializing in robotics and minimally invasive surgery for prostate cancer. He is a leader in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy and has performed over 7000 robotic prostate surgeries.

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Iran
Old Westbury, New York
United States
Iranian Jewish
Judaism
Sahar Danielpour

B.S. Stony Brook University

M.D. Montefiore Medical Center

Henri Mondor - Creteil, France

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Chairman of Urology Dept. at Lenox Hill Hospital

Chief of Robotic Surgery

Program Director of Urology Residency

Fox News Contributor and member of Medical A Team

Chief Medical Correspondent AM 970 NYC

PERSONAL LIFE

Dr. David Samadi is a celebrity doctor, a board certified urologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of urologic diseases, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and bladder cancer, and specializes in advanced minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer, including laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomy. Samadi has a very interesting life story, being born and raised in the Persian Jewish community of Iran. At the age of 15, along with his brother, he was forced to leave the Iranian community to Belgium, after the Revolution in 1979. Separated by his family a lot of changes has influenced his life, after the Iranian Revolution. Without his entire family, Samadi and his brother Dan were forced to start a new life on their own, without their parents and their little sister Heidi. Despite the fact that they were both young and alone, both Samadi and Dan proved that they were strong and ambitious and they followed their dream of making their parents proud of them. David Samadi continued to study for accomplishing his biggest desire, that of becoming a doctor. Once the two brothers arrived in America, their life started to be better and happier in their new surroundings. The first 6 years were very productive for David Samadi and by 1990 he completed his first years at Stony Brook School of Medicine with honors.

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Education

Samadi continued his education both in Belgium and in London, before arriving in the United Stated where he had the chance to finish the high school in Roslyn, New York. After finishing the high school Samadi attended Stony Broke University and earned his degree in biochemistry on a full scholarship. He received a master degree from S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook School of Medicine in Stony Brook, New York in 1994. David B. Samadi completed his postgraduate training in Urology at Montefiore Medical Center. He finished his training in proctology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1996 and Montefiore Medical Center in 2000. In 2001, Samadi completed an oncology fellowship in proctology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Under the mentorship of Professor Claude Abbou, he accomplished a robotic radical prostatectomy fellowship at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France in 2002.

David Samadi also joined the faculty of Mt. Sinai School in 2007 where he became the Vice Chair of the Department of Urology and the Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

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WORK HISTORY

David Samadi is a leader in prostate cancer treatment and Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy and has performed over 7000 robotic prostate surgeries. Dr. Samadi established a robust practice at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where he served as Director of Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery in the Department of Urology. He is a board-certified urologist and a leader in men’s health, he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer and other urologic diseases, providing targeted therapies for men that not only treat the disease, but also reduce incontinence, improve sexual function and quality of life.

Dr. Samadi has performed more than 800 robotic laparoscopic procedures, and frequently lectures and trains other urologists on the use of the da Vinci® robotic surgical system, a revolutionary technology that magnifies the surgical field significantly and gives surgeons greater visualization, dexterity, and precision during surgery. Dr. Samadi is unique in that he is one of very few urologic Oncologic surgeons in the United States trained in all three primary areas of surgery-open, laparoscopic, and robotic. He serves as a Member of the Medical Advisory Board at PinnacleCare International, LLC. Dr. Samadi is the Founder and Director of Mount Sinai’s Robotic Fellowship Program.

He is also an international lecturer and has written many publications, including articles in Urologic Oncology, Journal of the Society of Laparascopic Surgeons, Journal of Robotic Surgery, and the World Journal of Urology. Dr. Samadi has been featured in Forbe’s Magazine, Connecticut’s cable news channel, Cable News 12, and his articles have been published in many medical journals. He was recognized in the Best Doctors issue of New York Magazine in 2009. Additionally, Dr. Samadi is a member of the American Urologic Association and the American Medical Association. He is Board certified from American Board of Urology. He did his Residency in General Surgery from Montefiore Medical Center in 1996 and Urology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2000. He did his Fellowship in Urology Oncology from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2001 and Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgery from Henri Mondor Hospital, France in 2002. He completed M.D from S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, New York in 1994.

In addition to his career as a doctor, he is the host of Sunday House call on Fox News Channel and has worked for the channel for five years. He has launched a radio program on am970, World Health News as well as a website to blog about health news.

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David Samadi On Prostate Cancer Prevention

September is prostate cancer awareness month, being the second most leading cause of cancer death in the US. Doctor David Samadi says the key is early detection.

But how can we prevent prostate cancer?

Scientists have yet to discover a sure way to prevent prostate cancer. A series of factors that can’t be controlled have been identified as playing a certain part: age, race and genetics. There are, however, some tips for lowering your risks of cancer. The best way to prevent prostate cancer is to get tested and know your blood test, go for your exam and make sure your doctor checks your prostate to find out if there are any abnormalities or nodules. The number of prostate cancer patients speaks for itself: 32000 men die every year, 1/6 men in America have prostate cancer. The disease is a silent killer because there are no symptoms in the early stages. You may have prostate cancer and absolutely don’t know what is going on.

So at what age should you be getting tested for prostate cancer and how often?

If you are over the age of 45 and haven’t went through a screening yet, you should do that immediately. According to the stage of your diagnosis (routine check or suspected of prostate cancer), doctors recommend several tests that detect prostate cancer. Factors such as being African American or having a family history of prostate cancer might determine your doctor to suggest testing at an earlier age.

Both prostate examination and a PSA test should be implemented for every man over the age of 45 because a lot of the times nodules may be present in patients that scored a normal PSA test. PSA really is prostate tissue, it is fantastic that we have this test, if it goes up it may be indicative of infection, enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.

If your tests indicate abnormal modifications to your prostate you should immediately make an appointment to a specialist like Dr. David Samadi, in order to discuss treatment options in case of prostate cancer and to establish a course of action. A lot of cases don’t require removal of the prostate and Dr. David Samadi is familiar with solutions that don’t imply invasive surgery.

Not every diagnosis of prostate cancer is of high-risk. 60% cases of prostate cancer are not life threatening and, for that kind of patients, an expert may implement active surveillance. However, 40% of the cases that are moderate or have an aggressive form usually need surgery. One of the reasons why David Samadi prefers surgery over radiation is the fact that the former facilitates a very accurate staging of the disease, by getting cancer out and getting a zero PSA level. Radiation will be deemed necessary just in cases where the cancer comes back and strictly as plan B.

For more information about prostate cancer, you should definitely check out David Samadi’s website prostatecancer911.com – there’s a lot of options if you got prostate cancer or if you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer. You need to be in the hands of experts who deal with prostate cancer all the time.

Testimonials

BRYANT H., AGE 53

I am 53 years old and still in love with my wife of 32 years. We have five children and one precious daughter-in-law. I am the pastor of a church in Alabama. Our youngest child left for college and within a week of her departure I was told that I had prostate cancer.

My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer about 12 years ago, so I have been diligent about getting my PSA checked every year. The score had almost doubled in one year. My primary care doctor sent me to the urologist immediately. My urologist set an appointment for me to have an MRI, which indicated large lesions one on each side of the prostate.

 

Paul, age 62

Two years ago, I underwent radical prostatectomy surgery performed by Dr. Samadi. For all the men & women who fear the surgical side effect, I urge them to see Dr. Samadi.

He’s not only a brilliant surgeon, but he’s an available and compassionate person with whom you can trust your life and health. I strongly recommend that if anyone is facing with prostate cancer, please don’t be afraid. Give a call to Dr. Samadis’ office and meet his excellent team ready to support your special needs.

 

David Elliott, age 64, prostate cancer survivor

Reflecting on life, I have come to realize just how precious it is, and how in a split second, it could change drastically and not for the better. After all, “we are just visiting here.”

I am in the autumn of my career in the telecommunications industry, with nearly 46 years of service.  Over the course of my career, I have worked side-by-side with many wonderful people.  Unfortunately, many have passed on, mostly from cancer, and way before their time.

 

Bernie, age 79, diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer

At age 79, I was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer and referred by my urologist to Dr. David Samadi. Though leery of my status as a robotic surgery candidate, weeks later I sat before Dr. Samadi for an appointment I will never forget. With a reputation that precedes him, Dr. Samadi was described to me as a “magician” who “should wear a cape when he enters the room.” It felt imperative that he operate on me; my life depended on it.

During the appointment, my wife Marlene by my side, it was clear that Dr. Samadi saw me as a whole person, not just a 79 year old with aggressive prostate cancer. We talked about my lifestyle, my exercise routine, my sexual behavior and my overall health. I left that appointment with a surgery date on my calendar and a strong optimism about the procedure ahead.

Throughout the entire process Dr. Samadi’s team was remarkable. Tressa and Anna walked us through surgery preparation and invited us to call with any questions. We had questions, we called and they were always answered with warmth, understanding and respect.

The big day, June 27th, finally arrived with an early start. During the procedure, the anesthesiologist was by my side and Dr. Samadi was seated a short distance away at the robot. Though very anxious, I was quickly put at ease by Dr. Samadi’s entertaining bedside manner. In the OR he shared that he and his wife had just heard the song, “That’s Amore” the night before. As he began to sing, the anesthesiologist and I joined in and before I knew it the surgery was over and I was in recovery.

 

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