Dr. David Samadi is the chairman of urology at Lenox Hill Hospital and the chief of robotic surgery. He is a celebrity doctor, appearing frequently on Fox News and acting as a medical contributor for the channel since 2011. Prior to that, he was a contributor on Fox News since 2009 and a medical consultant at Fox News, also since 2009. David Samadi grew up in the Persian Jewish community of Iran but was forced to leave at age 15 due to the Iranian Revolution causing persecution of Jews in Iran. He did not leave with his full family – only his younger brother and sister. Eventually, he moved to New York, finishing high school in Roslyn, and earned a full scholarship to attend Stony Broke University School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1994 with a master degree in biochemistry. From there, he trained in urology at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and then completed a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. David Samadi’s area of expertise is robotic surgery, specifically his SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) technique. SMART focuses on minimally invasive prostate surgery, avoiding the frequently used “nerve-sparing” prostate surgery that peels the nerves off prior to removing the prostate. Instead, SMART separates the prostate from the surrounding nerves, aiming to avoid nerve damage and negative results of the “nerve-sparing” prostate surgery such as impotence and incontinence. He finished creating this technique in 2007, and since then it has been used very successfully to improve the lives of his patients. He has been the chairman of the American Urologic Association since 2001.
Prior to his work at Lenox Hill Hospital, David Samadi was the vice chair of urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center from 2011 to 2013, and the Chief of Robotic Surgery at that same hospital from 2007 to 2013. At Mount Sinai Medical Center, and in the rest of his work, David Samadi has focused on prevention and therapy to help men with prostate cancer, and treated each patient individually, focusing on their unique needs. He was also the director of laparoscopic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian in New York from 2002 to 2007. He has also volunteered at the emergency room of Stoney Brook Hospital. There are very few oncologic surgeons in the United States who are trained in open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, but David Samadi is uniquely qualified as a surgeon.
Dr. David Samadi’s Social Media: www.youtube.com/user/RoboticOncology