Mitt Romney, Senator and prior Presidential hopeful, recently underwent a surgery that many men must face each year. This surgery was the removal of a tumor from his prostate. Prostate cancer is generally found in men over the age of 60, and its prevalence is actually quite alarming. Fortunately, if this cancer is caught in its preliminary stages, there is a 90 percent survival rate. That can be difficult, however, since there are very few symptoms at all of the cancer in the body in these preliminary stages of this cancer’s life cycle. Luckily, there are several knowledgeable and leading doctors in the field that can help patients work through their prostate cancer. One of these doctors is Dr. David Samadi, M.D.
Dr. David Samadi was born in a Jewish community in Iran in 1964. When the country was thrust into revolution in 1979, Samadi and his brother were forced to flee to Belgium. Samadi had always wanted to be a doctor, and he and his brother were both willing to do whatever it took to make their parents proud. He chased after his dream and began his educational journey on the road to becoming a doctor.
Dr. David Samadi earned his Master’s degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine at S.U.N.Y. in 1994. From there, he studied urology at Montefiore Medical Center, where he ended up earning his doctorate. After that, Samadi went through a long list of internships, residencies, and fellowships leading up to his extremely successful career. He had a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and he had a fellowship in Robotic Radical Prostatectomy at Henri Mondor Hospital in France in 2002. It was in these experiences that he knew the study and removal of prostate cancer would be his life’s mission.
To date, Samadi has performed over 7,000 procedures and surgeries to remove tumors of the prostate. He has helped thousands of men get back on their feet, and with new robotic technologies, the time it takes to get back up after surgery has been greatly reduced to only 1-3 weeks. Samadi has become an expert in surgery using these robotic techniques, and with it, he has also made sure to lessen the impacts on sexual function and bladder control that these surgeries often have.
Dr. David Samadi will continue to work to fight and prevent prostate cancer. He is currently the Chairman of Urology and the Chief of Robotic Surgery of Urology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He is published in several journals and has performed lectures on an international scale. He is truly an expert in the field.