Wizard of robotic surgery from New York to Cyprus

Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery



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.

Old Westbury, New York
United States
Iranian Jewish
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


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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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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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?

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 is any abnormalities or nodules. The number of prostate cancer patients speak for themselves 32000 men die every year, one out of six men in America have prostate cancer, it is a silent killer because there are no symptoms. You may have prostate cancer and absolutely don’t know what is going on.

So at what age should you be getting these prostate cancer testing and how often should you get tested?
If you are over the age of 45 you should get a screening immediately if you haven’t done so yet. Doctors may even recommend an earlier test if you are African American or if you have a family history of prostate cancer. 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, what PSA really is is prostate tissue, it is fantastic that we have this test, if it goes up it may indicative of infection, of enlarged prostate or of prostate cancer.

If you have been found of being suspicious of prostate cancer you should immediately go to a specialist like Dr. David Samadi for further actions like a prostate biopsy or prostate cancer removal. There are also a lot of prostate cancer cases that don’t really need removal of the prostate, David Samadi is also very good at deciding not to operate.

Not all prostate cancer is the same, 60% of prostate cancer is actually of low risk so for that kind of patients, an expert may implement a more active surveylance. But there is also 40% that is moderate or agressive prostate cancer, they usually need surgery and one of the reasons why David Samadi prefers surgery over radiation is the fact that with surgery you get a very accurate staging of the prostate cancer, by getting cancer out and getting a zero PSA level. The use of radiation will be made in case 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.


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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