Dr. David B. Samadi is the Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, and Professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in New York City. He is a world renowned board-certified urologist and an oncologist 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. Dr. Samadi developed his own SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) surgery for the robotic removal of cancerous prostates.
Born and raised in the Persian Jewish community of Iran, at age 15 Samadi and his younger brother left in 1979 after the Iranian Revolution. They continued their education in Belgium and London before coming to the United States where Samadi completed high school in Roslyn, NY. After high school, Samadi attended the Stony Brook University and earned his degree in biochemistry on a full scholarship.
Career, education and training
Samadi completed his postgraduate training in urology at Montefiore Medical Center and in protoctology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. He completed an oncology fellowship in protoctology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a robotic radical prostatectomy fellowship at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France under the mentorship of Professor Claude Abbou, MD. Along with Dr. Abbou, Samadi performed the first 11 da Vinci robotic prostate surgeries in the world. Dr. Samadi is fellowship trained in laparoscopy and robotic prostatectomy surgery and is an internationally recognized expert in both fields.
He is one of the very few urologic surgeons in the United States trained in oncology, open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery. He is also the first surgeon in the United States to successfully perform a robotic surgery redo. To date, Samadi has performed over 5,200 successful da Vinci prostate surgeries, more than any other prostate cancer surgeon in all of New York. As a result of his surgical experience, Samadi is considered a leader and pioneer in robotic surgery performing 15 surgeries per week.
Having completed fellowship training in both urologic oncology and laparoscopy, Samadi's technique as described below builds on oncologic principles learned with open radical prostatectomy and transferred to a robotic approach. In the technique he uses at Lenox Hill Hospital, he recreates the classic open anatomic technique as closely as possible on the robotic platform.
The benefits of Dr. Samadi’s unique procedure are twofold. First, he does not suture the dorsal vein complex at the beginning of surgery, allowing him greater control over the length of the urethra at the completion of surgery. The longer the urethra, the less leaking and incontinence a man experiences after surgery. Dr. Samadi is able to achieve continence rates of 97% at one year.
Second, Dr. Samadi does not open the endopelvic fascia, thereby leaving this tissue intact and sparing the tiny nerve bundles that surround the prostate and control sexual function. As such, Dr. Samadi is able to achieve 87% sexual potency rates at 1 year.
Samadi developed his unique SMART (Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique) surgical procedure after years of perfecting his successful robotic surgery method, to improve sexual function and urinary control results. The signature of Samadi's SMART Surgery program is that he personally performs the entire surgery from beginning to the end. For this reason, patients from all over the world seek his expertise.
Dr. Samadi has demonstrated his SMART surgery technique worldwide, educating international surgeons and sharing his robotic prostatectomy expertise. His surgical outreach has included Athens, Greece, Israel and other European countries. In December 2010, Samadi became the first surgeon to perform a live SMART surgery robotic prostatectomy at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, northern Israel, and Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel. In March 2011 Dr. Samadi spoke about robotic prostatectomy surgery at the Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago in the Dominican Republic. In October 2011 he was the first surgeon to perform the procedure in the Netherlands, doing so in collaboration with Dr. Jelle Barentsz, a specialist in MRI and Urogenital diseases at The Dutch Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center.