Dr. David Samadi is a board-certified urologic oncologist who is an expert in robotic prostate surgery. He performs laparoscopic and open traditional surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Samadi has a high reputation as Chief of Robotic Surgery and is dedicated to the early detection and diagnoses of prostate cancer. He uses the da Vinci system that is said to be more advantageous than any other form of treating prostate cancer. It can reduce the risk of complications during and after surgery, minimize scarring, and aid in quicker recovery times.
Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy is a minimally invasive procedure to remove cancer in the prostate. Dr. David Samadi created his own technique Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique or SMART, which combines radical prostatectomy skills with robotic surgery. Robotic surgery is so advanced that is done through remote control operation. The surgeon never touches the patient as the movements of the surgeon are translated through the sensitive fibers of the machine. The operation is performed remotely where the surgeon can be in a different hospital or state at the time of the surgery.
Dr. Samadi’s SMART technique drastically reduces pain, recovery time, and blood loss. It does not require having to cut the dorsal vein complex or open the endopelvic fascia. It allows him to perform surgery with excellent precision and removes the prostate gland without damaging the surrounding tissue. Any type of surgical procedure can be risky. When it comes to prostate cancer treatment, surgery is the most effective option. Cancer tumors can be removed without the side effects of radiation or chemotherapy. The da Vinci system greatly lowers the risk of infection during prostate surgery. The incisions that are made are less than two inches, making the wounds heal much faster. Dr. David Samadi is a compassionate surgeon who has performed over 7,000 robotic prostate surgeries.
Iranian-born Dr. David Samadi grew up in a community where Persian-Jewish history and culture were amalgamated. He left Iran at age 15 when the revolution ended in 1979. He studied in Belgium and London before settling in the United States and completed secondary education in Roslyn, New York. He earned his degree in biochemistry at Stony Brook University on a full scholarship.
A Medical Dream
Dr. David Samadi attended the State University of New York where he earned his medical degree. During his postgraduate training, while specializing in Urology and Proctology, he attended Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2001 respectively. He was an oncology fellow in proctology at Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2001 and worked at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France for a robotic radical prostatectomy in 2002.
The Invention of Change
Dr. David Samadi hoped to alleviate the prostate cancer scene. With Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Treatment (SMART), his invention has been used on thousands of surgeries related to prostate cancer and recorded significant results. SMART was invented to promote a less invasive option for open surgeries.
Bringing Health Awareness
In order to promote consciousness of issues on health, Dr. Samadi launched DrSamadiTV.com, a web counterpart of his TV segment. He wants people to become aware of their health even in the absence of health professionals in their area. The show records one episode every week and is shown every Sunday.
Awards and Citations
With his contributions in the medical field, Dr. Samadi has been recognized by several award-giving bodies. He was named the Most Compassionate Doctor, One of the Top Doctors in America, and received the Patient’s Choice award. The New York Times and New York Magazine honored him as one the Top Doctors of America for all his medical work.
When Words Change Lives
Beyond his work in the medical world, Dr. Samadi is also known for his encouraging words. When Mitt Romney went through surgery for prostate cancer, Dr. Samadi announced the successful prognosis. In his interview with Ideamensch, he mentioned that ideas always come and go. People must remind themselves by sketching or creating something that can be associated with inspiring ideas.
David Samadi, in his contribution in the Huffington post, welcomed the news of the former Republican presidential candidate’s prostate cancer treatment. Dr. David Samadi said that prostate cancer when diagnosed and treated early, results in better chances of survival for men. Other high profile men who have been treated of the same include Collin Powell and John Kerry. He noted that advanced age of the individuals and their health history are some of the factors that led to the diagnosis.
Dr. Samadi also encouraged surgical treatment of cancer, stating that use of radiation might result in further complications. He said that using radiation to treat prostate cancer might result in other cancers due to the effect of radiation. Men treated with radiation were twice likely to die than men treated via surgery, those treated via surgery were also likely to live longer than their counterparts treated via radiation. Prostate cancer is common among older men, with the average age of those suffering from it being 66.
David Samadi and his brother came to the United States from Iran during the 1979 revolution in Iran. He studied in Belgium then went to London before getting into the United States. He graduated from Rosyl High in New York and got a full scholarship at Stony Brook to study Biochemistry. He graduated in 1994 and then trained in urology as a postgraduate trainee for four years in different medical centers. Dr. Samadi then did his medical fellowship in France, doing proctology till 2002.
Dr. Samadi began work in 2007 as the deputy head of Mt Sinai Medical School’s Urology department. He was also the robotics departmental head at the same school. He then moved to the Lenox Hill as head of similar department. He also took up a job as a professor at Hofstra North Medical School where he taught urology. His reputation as a surgical doctor is widespread, having done over 7,000 successful surgeries. Dr. Samadi has also been acclaimed for developing SMART; an innovative way of surgical treatment of prostate cancer. His specialty is in the treatment of prostate cancer, bladders, and kidneys. He prefers handling patients in small groups so as to better understand the best way or technique to use in treating each patient. He has been named as the highest earning doctor in New York City, making over $7.6 million. Mr. Samadi offers free consultations for any man who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.