The Medical Innovations of Dr. David Samadi

A 2013 appearance on “Fox and Friends” made Dr. David Samadi a celebrity doctor. While hosting the medical Q&A show “Sunday Housecall,” on Fox News Channel Dr. Samadi was the Chairman of the Urology Department and Chief of Robotic Surgery at NYC’s Lennox Hill Hospital. He still holds both posts.Dr. Samadi’s post-graduate work in urology and proctology was completed at Montefiore Medical Center after earning his MD from S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook School of Medicine. His proctology and oncology training was acquired at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.For 16 years, he has applied the training he received in robotic radical prostatectomy from France’s Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil to perform minimally invasive robotic surgeries on thousands of prostate cancer suffers in 45 plus countries.

In addition to doctor, surgeon, and show host medical innovator maybe added to Dr. David Samadi’s list of accomplishments. Prostates are commonly removed using a method called, Nerve-Sparing Prostate Surgery. This approach removes the nerves attached to the prostate before removing the gland itself.This procedure carries the risk of post-surgical incontinence and impotence causing some patients to make the risky decision to put-off having prostate surgery. To eliminate the potential side-effects of Nerve-Sparing Prostate Surgery Dr. Samadi has conceived the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART). Currently in the research stage, the SMART technique detaches the nerves from the prostate without damaging them.

Without putting quantity ahead of patient safety Dr. David Samadi has assembled a surgical team capable of performing robotic prostate surgeries on as many as five patients a day. Clean-up of the surgical suite begins thirty-minutes before the completion of a surgery leaving ten minutes from the completion of the surgery until the room can be used again.Other surgeons have implemented Dr. Samadi’s approach realizing that it improves efficiency by enabling them to move from procedure to procedure with almost no lag time. It no doubt helps that he and his team have been working together since he first initiated this approach to surgery 18 years ago.Dr. Samadi attributes part of his success and the longevity of his team to appreciating the value of the people he works with. He recently gave $100 as a retirement gift to one of the nurses on his team. As Dr. Samadi sees it without nurses doctors would be almost useless and the entire medical system would collapse.