Bringing Robotics to the Forefront: Dr. David Samadi

If you are involved in the field of robotic surgery, then you have probably heard the name Dr. David Samadi. Dr. Samadi is one of the foremost doctors in his field of urology, and he has been helping patients cope with and defeat prostate cancer for the past several years. Dr. David Samadi has been helping to pioneer a new type of surgery aimed at removing cancer cells in a less invasive and more precise way. With the help of robotic instruments, this new treatment for prostate cancer surgery has helped thousands of men get back on their feet and remain cancer free for the rest of their lives.

One of prostate cancer’s most recent victims was the Presidential nominee and Utah Senator Mitt Romney. Diagnose dearly in 2017, Romney did not know where to turn. His doctor had given him several options, including radiation therapy and traditional surgery. He knew the risks that traditional surgery posed, and he wanted another answer. He found robotic surgery and decided that was the way he wanted to remove his illness. Romney underwent surgery in 2017 and he has been cancer-free ever since. Not only is he cancer free, but he was back up and working in a minimal amount of time and did not lose any of his bodily functions during the surgery. For that, he can thank Dr. Samadi.

Dr. Samadi came to the United States after fleeing from his hometown in Iran during the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Wanting to make his parents proud, he became what he had always wanted to be: a doctor. Samadi found his true calling during a surgery observation one day. While he was scheduled to watch a cardiac surgery, a patient getting a prostatectomy was brought in. He was intrigued by how challenging the surgery looked, and he knew this was what he wanted to do. He graduated from the State University of New York with his Master’s degree and Montefiore Medical Center with his MD. He was ready to take on the world.

Dr. David Samadi worked at several hospitals an in several programs, including the Henri Mondor Hospital Robotic Radical Prostatectomy program in France, the proctology training program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He served as the Chairman of the Urology Department at Mount Saini Hospital, and he is currently the Chair of the Urology Department and the Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.