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David B. Samadi

David B. Samadi, MD
Chair Urology, Lenox Hill Hospital 

David B. Samadi, MD, is one of a small number of U.S. urologic surgeons trained both in oncology and robotic surgery. He is credited with performing the first robotic prostate removal surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and has performed well over 5,600 successful robotic prostate surgeries. He performs his Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART) surgery using the da Vinci surgery system.

Dr. Samadi is a board certified urologist in the diagnosis and treatment of urologic diseases, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and prostate cancer. He is a world-renowned leader in prostate cancer treatment and robotic prostate removal surgery.



  •   American Board of Urology

Clinical Focus

  •   Cystoscopy
  •   Laparoscopy
  •   Prostate biopsy
  •   Prostate cancer
  •   Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test
  •   Prostatectomy
  •   Robotic prostate surgery
  •   Transurethral resection of the prostate


  •   MD, S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook School of Medicine
  •   Residency, General Surgery -
Montefiore Medical Group
  •   Residency, Urology -
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  •   Fellowship, Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgery -
Henri Mondor Hospital
  •   Fellowship, Urology Oncology -
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


  • 2008 - 2013 Patient's Choice Award
  • 2013 - Castle Connolly Top Doctors
  • 2009 - 2013 America's Top Doctors for Cancer 
  • 2009 - 2012 Best Doctors New York Magazine
  • 2008 - 2013 America's Top Doctors
  • 2010 - 2011 Most Compassionate Doctor
  • 2012 - 2013 New York Metro Area's Top Doctors 

Robotic Prostate Surgery

David B. Samadi, MD, is chair of urology at Lenox Hill Hospital.  An internationally recognized leader in robotic prostate cancer treatment, Dr. Samadi joins Lenox Hill Hospital from The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, where he was vice chair of the Department of Urology and chief of robotics and minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. David B. Samadi, Vice Chairman, Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, is a highly skilled robotic surgeon dedicated to compassionate and successful prostate cancer treatment. He helps men of all ages achieve complete recovery from prostate cancer while preserving the highest possibly quality of life after surgery. Today, Dr. Samadi has performed more than 5,600 successful robotic prostatectomy surgeries, using his own Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART) surgery. 

Superior Prostate Cancer Treatment

Widely regarded for excellence in robotic surgery innovation, clinical care, and research, Dr. Samadi has performed more than 5,600 robotic prostatectomy procedures. A board-certified urologic oncologist, he is trained in open, traditional surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery. Dr. Samadi is one of very few robotic prostate surgeons in the world to deliver this three-in-one surgical expertise. Patients from around the globe seek his unique level of skill and experience.

Dr. Samadi is a pioneer in the field of robotic prostate treatment and creator of the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART) for the robotic removal of cancerous prostates. This innovative, robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) technique reduces surgical time to less than two hours and hospital recovery stay to less than 24 hours.

The Founder and Director of Lenox Hill’s Robotic Fellowship Program, Dr. Samadi actively trains and proctors urologists throughout the U.S. and overseas. He is frequently invited to present his clinical research at global medical conferences and routinely performs his SMART surgery for the benefit of international patients and surgeons.

Dr. Samadi received fellowships in urologic oncology from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and in robotic radical prostatectomy from Henri Mondor Hospital in Creteil, France, where he studied under esteemed Professor Clément-Claude Abbou.

A frequent presenter at medical conferences and an active researcher, he is included in Castle Connolly Medical’s America's Top Doctors and has been recognized with many other awards and distinctions. Dr. Samadi is also much sought after by major radio, broadcast and print media for his expertise in robotic prostate surgery, prostate cancer and bladder cancer, and men’s health. He has appeared on the Today Show and appears weekly on the Medical A-Team panel for Fox News.

Prostate Cancer Treatment and Robotic Surgery Expertise

This innovative, robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP) technique TYPICALLY reduces surgical time to less than two hours and hospital recovery stay to less than 24 hours.Dr. Samadi completed his postgraduate training in general surgery at Montefiore Medical Center and in urology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. After his oncology fellowship in urology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Samadi went on to a robotic surgery fellowship under the expert mentorship of Professor Claud Abbou at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France.

Dr. Samadi is a member of the American Urologic Association and the American Medical Association.

Watch Dr. Samadi discuss minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery that reduces downtime and blood loss.

Watch Dr. Samadi discuss prostate cancer surgery and regaining control of urinary functions.

Watch Dr. David Samadi as he gives a true "inside" look at robotic prostatectomy.

Watch an animated demonstration of Dr. Samadi's robotic prostatectomy


Prostate cancer, prostate cancer treatment, robotic prostatectomy, laparoscopic surgery, bladder cancer, robotic cystectomy, kidney cancer, kidney transplant, erectile dysfunction.


Sebrow D MD, Lavery H MD, Brajtbord J MD, Hobbs A MD, Levinson A MD, Samadi D MD. "Monitoring validated quality of life outcomes after prostatectomy: intial description of novel online questionnaire." Urology 2012 February; 79(2): 314-9.

Diefenbach M Ph.D, Mohamed N Ph.D, Butz B Ph.D, Bar-Chama N MD, Stock R MD, Cesserati J MD, Hassan W MD, Samadi D MD, Hall S MD. "Acceptability and preliminary feasabilityof an internet /CD-ROM-based internet education and decision program for early-stage prostate cancer patients; randomized pilot study".. J Med Internet Res 2012 January; 14(1): e6.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of Lenox Hill Hospital and North Shore-LIJ Health System often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies, and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Both organizations require that salaried faculty inform the Hospitals of their relationships with such entities.

Dr. Samadi does not have any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2013: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

In the News

Dr. Samadi’s prostate cancer treatment expertise and his SMART robotic prostate removal surgery are regularly featured on major TV news and radio stations in New York. He appears each week on Fox News’ Medical A-team panel to discuss prostate cancer and other medical news.

Dr. Samadi and his work with robotic prostate surgery were recently profiled in The Daily News feature, The Daily Check Up.

Read the commentary by David B. Samadi, MD, Simon J. Hall, MD, William K.Oh, MD, and Richard G. Stock, MD, "Fighting Round Two: Recurrent Prostate Cancer" that appeared in the New York Times on June 8, 2010. 

Watch Dr. David Samadi on the Today Show with Al Roker discuss protecting men from Prostate Cancer.

Watch Dr. Samadi on Fox News discussing the new recommendations for PSA tests for prostate cancer



Practice News and Videos

Robotic Prostate Surgery – Why Choose – Click Here
Dr. Samadi explains the success of robotic prostatectomy surgery and his thorough approach to removing the cancerous prostate.

PSA Test Saves Lives – Click Here
Dr. Samadi and a patient and his wife speak about the life-saving benefits of the PSA test.

Prostate Cancer Treatment and Preserving Quality Of Life - The Samadi Trifecta – Click Here
A prostate cancer-free life, urinary continence, and sexual potency are the top priorities of prostate cancer expert, Dr. David Samadi.

SMART Surgery Robotic Prostate Removal – Click Here
Surgical details regarding Dr. Samadi’s original SMART prostate removal procedure.

Robotic Prostatectomy – Patient Perspective – Click Here
A patient of Dr. Samadi’s explains why he chose robotic prostatectomy and SMART surgery for his prostate cancer.

Prostate Gland Anatomy – Click Here
Dr. Samadi details the intricate nature of prostate removal.

Prostate Cancer Facts – Click Here
A current look at prostate cancer statistics in the United States.

Prostate Cancer Treatment – Surgery Vs. Radiation – Click Here 
Dr. Samadi shares a recent study that highlights the benefits of robotic prostatectomy surgery over prostate cancer radiation, with particular emphasis on a 65% reduced incidence of prostate cancer metastasis after surgery.

Prostate Cancer Robotic Surgery – Click Here
Dr. Samadi shares a recent study highlighting the importance of surgeon selection and hospital choice in electing robotic prostate removal surgery. Radiation for prostate cancer is featured as a back-up plan, not a primary treatment choice.

Good Day New York Feature – Robotic SMART Surgery – Click Here
The PSA test, robotic-assisted prostate cancer, and quality of life after prostate cancer are featured on Good Day New York with Dr. David Samadi.

Sex After Prostate Cancer Treatment – Click Here
Get the facts on sex after prostate removal surgery.

Dr. Samadi – What His Patients Have To Say – Click Here
One of Dr. David Samadi’s patients shares his prostate cancer story and discusses the level of care he received.

PSA Test Proven Effective – Click Here
The latest research on the effectiveness of PSA screening in reducing metastatic (M1) prostate cancer.

Learn More

The benefits of robotic surgery cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific. Previous surgical results do not guarantee future outcomes.

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